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November 17, 2023


WF's Little Duos, today Glen Moray

We love to try Glen Moray from time to time. They're never complicated but some older ones could be totally stunning.

Glen Moray



Glen Moray 12 yo 2008/2021 (57.83%, OB for The Nectar, Private Cask Collection, rum + cognac finish, 498 bottles)

Glen Moray 12 yo 2008/2021 (57.83%, OB for The Nectar, Private Cask Collection, rum + cognac finish, 498 bottles) Four stars
It's really amusing how the trend is to add an extra decimal to the alcohol content, it looks very chic. Colour: straw. Nose: pretty bizarre, unexpectedly dry and tarry, almost a little soapy, with some paraffin, litres of staling beer and large quantities of banana skins. Some grape pip oil too. Very whacky Glen Moray this far, but I'm sure that's the casks. With water: vaguely nicer. Cut grass, roots, rubber, pencil eraser… Mouth (neat): ten thousand times nicer on the palate, all the flaws having become quasi assets. Lovely beers, bananas, while soap and paraffin have become beeswax, and some tight lemony notes are adding some elegance to the recovery. Phew. With water: very good. Waxy cereals, pine sap, pistachio oil… Finish: rather long, very oily. Excellent tight lemonness. Comments: just don't nose it, go straight to the palate, which is pretty awesome. Peace.
SGP:561 - 85 points.

Glen Moray 30 yo 1992/2023 (49.7%, Whisky Sponge, 142 bottles)

Glen Moray 30 yo 1992/2023 (49.7%, Whisky Sponge, 142 bottles) Five stars
Ten years in a refill hogshead and twenty years in a Port barrique. Should be brick red. Colour: not quite, it's rather 'dark amber with copper tones'. Nose: cherry cake, grandma's clafoutis, indeed old Port, bags of dried figs, Darjeeling tea, umeshu, a little soy sauce, that red sauce they give you with Chinese dumplings, dried goji, raisins, Nuits-St-Georges… I think we're pretty far from the original distillery, but I believe this reconstructed pinot-noiry profile is just awesome. They could have called it 'Liqueur du Chambertin' or something. Mouth: huge, with some magnificent oak, peppers, paprika, heavy pinot noir once more (I know Port is touriga nacional eh), spicy teas, walnut liqueur, amaro, crazy vermouths, dark chocolate, liquorice wood, all these things. It is a foolish whisky indeed. Finish: very long, with even more crazy pinot noir and liquorice. Something slightly oxidative. Comments: high concentration and some Port that's evolved too during the process. I find this winesky (frankly, it is winesky) incredibly stunning but I cannot not wonder if anyone could recreate this at will. There, please another one, you've got twenty years.
SGP:572 - 90 points.

(Merci Coldorak)

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