Archive for the ‘Glen Moray’ Category

Dewar Rattray Glen Moray 2007 (8 year old) 60.9%

First Fill Bourbon Barrel 5451/ Dist: Nov 2007 Btl: Jul 2016/ Tasted: Sept 2016

A very fragrant and estery nose with pineapple chunks, melon, banana, apricot, dusty barley and porridge oats. With time a slight botanical character appears along with some rye-like herbs and sweet ‘Bourbony’ oak.

The palate opens with waves of intense, estery fruit found on the nose. The middle is quite mineral and the alcohol masks the finish although some banana and ‘Bourbony’ oak returns once the alcohol has passed.

Water brings forward the oak a touch on the nose but it also brings out some luscious tangerine and orange. The oak is a more forward on the palate too, but not only does it give soft vanilla it also gives some grippy spice notes. it does bitter a little at the end but the weight of the malt certainly balances.

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Carn Mor Celebration of the Cask Glen Moray 1992 (24 year old?) 49.8%

Bourbon Hogshead/ Dist: 1992 Btl: 2016/ Tasted: Sept 2016

Wonderfully dusty and mature aromas with thick acacia honey and hints of tangerine, melon, gooseberry, straw and gentle oak. Deep and generously endowed with late manuka honey and cigar leaf notes.

The palate is lighter with more refreshing citrus and minerals to the fore. The dusty, mature oak and barley follows on the middle along with a touch of honey and white chocolate. Stunning finish! Long and juicy with subtle vanilla, straw and a touch of bitter spice which sets the tongue tingling!

Douglas Laing Old Particular Glen Moray 1999 (14 year old) 48.4%

Bourbon/ Code: OLP0053/ Dist: Jun 1999 Btl: Apr 2015/ Tasted: May 2015

The nose is a little subdued with oily barley and hints of dried fruit. Sweet and herbal with a late creamy vanilla and butterscotch note.

The palate is a little tart and citric with hints of barley and honey. A touch of vanilla and sharp spices come through on the middle. Long, exceedingly herbal finish with some green fruit and lightly bittering oak.

Douglas Laing Old Particular Glen Moray 1999 (15 year old) 48.4%

Bourbon/ Code: OLD0135/ Dist: Jun 1999 Btl: Aug 2014/ Tasted: Jun 2015

Quite gristy aromas with curry spice, Bourbony oak and a little hard barley. Hints of toasted toffee plus almost re-fill sherry like herbal notes, which begin to dominate.

The palate is lightly oiled and very herbal with gritty oak tannins and vanilla. A touch of barley and citrus appears on the middle but like the nose the hrbal notes dominate. Long and very spicy with coffee, milk chocolate and vanilla.

Douglas Laing Old Particular Glen Moray 1995 (20 year old) 51.5%

Bourbon/ Code: OLD0226/ Dist: Mar 1995 Btl: Aug 2015/ Tasted: Sept 2015

A heavy barley nose with hints of pollen heavy flowers, apricot and honey. The aromas become quite oily with just a smidge of toffee and honeycomb. Deep and juicy with a faint mineral freshness.

The palate is full and barley’d but shot through by a delightful seam of citrus. Dusty oak and toffee notes appear along with honey and thick apricot. Long and slightly grassy with lime powering through. A lovely balance of freshness and maturity.

Douglas Laing Old Particular Glen Moray 1991 (25 year old) 51.5%

Refill Bourbon Hogshead/ Code: OLD455/ DL11831

Dist: Oct 1991 Btl: Jun 2017/ Tasted: July 2017

A light and elegant nose of herbal barley, thyme and mint. It becomes quite mineral and citric with time and the herbal notes develop into a nettley/ grassy character. The American oak sits subtly in the background allowing the mature and vibrant spirit character to shine.

The palate opens with more honey, creamy oak and oily barley, giving it a fuller feeling. It’s still quite herbal and grassy and there is a lovely citric burst on the middle. Lovely vibrant and citric finish with a subtle spice intimation and lingering dark chocolatey wood notes. Oooh! That’s magnificent!

 

Douglas Laing Provenance Glen Moray 2008 (8 year old) 46%

Very Refilled Bourbon Hogshead.!/ Code: PRV1267/ Dist: Jun 2008 Btl: 2017/ Tasted: May 2017

A slightly feinty nose with hints of digestive biscuit, crisp, white fruit, sweet barley and white liquorice. There is no oak character at all, which is not a surprise given its extremely light colour.

The palate opens with some subtle barley and a touch of bubblegummy white fruit. Like the nose it is a little feinty with biscuity, young, spirit notes. Short and spicy with a suggestion of Tequila-like pepper.

Douglas Laing Provenance Glen Moray 2004 (12 year old) 46%

Refill Bourbon Hogshead/ Code: PRV1268/DL11622

Dist: May 2004 Btl: Feb 2017/ Tasted: Apr 2017

Subtle (or insubstantial?) and quite grainy aromas with hints of white fruit, sweet peach and faint toffee.

The palate is very subtle and a little sugary with hints of barley and white fruit. Simple and linear with developing heather, grass and slightly bitter spice on the finish. Although the start is a little uninspiring it picks up well towards the end.

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Glen Moray 1991 (21 year old) 50%

Bourbon/ Code: OMC2308/ Dist: Oct 1991 Btl: Aug 2013/ Tasted: Sept 2013

Quite an earthy, natural nose with barley, black pepper and herbal honey. Quite deep and with time hints of lemon, lightly perfumed orange and granulated sugar appear. In fact it’s now quite sweet!

The palate opens with the creamy, fudgy oak followed by barley, light malt, treacle and toffee. There’s a brief spicy burst on the middle and then its back to the malt, treacle and toffee. Medium length but the m, t and t lingers.

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Glen Moray 1995 (21 year old) 50%

Bourbon/ Code: OMC2588/ Dist: Mar 1995 Btl: Sept 2016?/ Tasted: Oct 2016

An evocative nose of peach, barley, honey and white fruit. Hints of lemon grass, dusty American oak follows. It darkens a little with time as the malt appears.

The palate is crisp, fresh and quite grassy with white fruit, barley and a little wood tannin. The oak is pleasantly mature and the building citrus on the middle is balanced by some sweet barley and honey. Long and juicy with lingering citrus, spice and vanilla.

 


Hunter Laing Hepburns Choice Glen Moray 2007 (8 year old) 46%

Bourbon/ Code: HEP0098/ Dist: Apr 2007 Btl: Apr 2015/ Tasted: May 2015

A lovely, fragrant and estery nose with soft banana, pineapple and sugar coated melon. Hints of barley and creamy oak emerge along with some herbal spice. The aromas become a little oilier with time and hints of almond and butter toffee appear. A seriously delightful nose!

The palate opens with the soft and creamy vanilla-toffee, barley, honey and banana. Hints of exotic fruit and oak come through and give it a lovely fleshy mouth-feel. Long with a cinnamon spiced, piquant but chewy and malty finish.

Hunter Laing Hepburns Choice Glen Moray 2007 (9 year old) 46%

Refill Bourbon Barrel/ Code: HEP0236/ Dist: Nov 2007 Btl: 2017/ Tasted: May 2017

A nose of marzipan and oily barley with hints of citrus. Quite robust by Moray standards with subtle, floral honey with a touch of gooseberry, herbs and earth.

The palate is fresher and more citric with sweet barley, vanilla and a touch of spice. Good depth of stone fruit and malt on the middle. Long and spicy with gentle vanilla and sweet barley finish.

Hunter Laing Hepburns Choice Glen Moray 2001 (12 year old) 46%

Bourbon/ Code: HEP0048/ Dist: Nov 2001 Btl: July 2014/ Tasted: Aug 2014

A lovely, full and fragrant nose. Very estery with apricot, banana and lightly tropical fruit. With time the creamy oak emerges along with a slight grassiness.

The palate mirrors the nose. Full and fleshy with apricot, banana and sweet barley. A very summery dram with hints of white fruit and grass. Good length with a light white pepper note in the finish and a lightly mentholated after-taste.

Berry Brothers Glen Moray 1991 (20 year old) 57.3%

Bourbon Cask 5654/ Dist: 1991 Btl: 2011/ Tasted: Mar 2013

Appealing aromas of rich honey with a herbal nuance. Hints of barley and a sort of sherbert shaving soap note follow. Quite alcoholic with some emerging dark toffee, baked malty fruit and tobacco notes. 

The palate is chewy and herbal to start with hints of honey, baked apple and malt. Quite full for a Moray but the alcohol is rather intrusive. Quite long with a continuation of the baked fruit theme, finishing with a touch of coffee, hickory and spice. 

A drop of water makes the nose feel fresher. Less dark now and more herbal with a touch of white chocolate and sweet barley. The palate is a tad on the watery side, still showing that baked fruit character along with a lot more caramel/ toffee. Simpler now but showing a touch of green citrus on the middle and finish. All in all it’s quite pleasant.

 

Douglas McGibbon Provenance Glen Moray 2000 (11 year old) 46%

Bourbon/ Code: PRV0732/ Dist Mar 2000 Btl: Nov 2011/ Tasted: Nov 2011

A fresh nose of high toned citrus, barley and aniseed along with a musky-floral note. Quite elegant 

The palate opens with icing sugar coated barley but aside from that it is pretty straightforward with hints of citrus and grass. Quite pleasant in its simplicity with a herbally, spicy finish.

Douglas McGibbon Provenance Glen Moray 1999 (12 year old) 46%

Bourbon/ Code: PRV0801/ Dist: Oct 1999 Btl: Oct 2012/ Tasted Oct 2012

The nose is quite honeyed and earthy with a touch of rose petal marc, dusty (grubby) spice and surprisingly a touch of peat. 

The palate is light and slightly toffee’d with vanilla, spice and earth. It opens out rather pleasantly to show a rather honeyed and golden syrup middle, flecked with barley. Good length with a touch of sweet violet and some (grubby) spice.

Murray McDavid Glen Moray 1992 (12 year old) 46%

Bourbon/ Dist: 1992 Btl: 2004/ Tasted: Mar 2005

Clean, aromatic and youthful with all that bourbon cask elegance. White fruit, nuts, a suggestion of wine, and a touch of salt. Dry on the palate with an initial sweetness. Pure tangy white fruit, slightly nutty, sugar snap peas and a fleeting hint of gardens. Nice length leaving a dry, nutty finish.

Murray McDavid Glen Moray 1993 (13 Year old) 46%

Bourbon – Madeira/ Dist: 1993 Btl:2006(?)/ Tasted: Dec 2006

Deep, rich and earthy aromas with Madeira (winey berry) laced tangerine fruit and a background of creamy American oak and some costal notes.

Quite heavy on the Madeira finish on the palate with plenty of shortcake biscuit and drying spices. Slightly floral but theMadeirasweetness is the dominant force here. Quite a dry, tannic finish.

John McDougall Golden cask Glen Moray 1990 (13 year old) 62.1%

Cask 4562/ Dist: 1990 Btl: 2003/ Tasted: Dec 2003

Quite a lively, soft, earthy, summery apricot fruit scented bouquet. Lots of earthiness, a touch waxy and subtle Bourbon oak (much less than on the previous bottling).

Luxuriously smooth and complex on the palate, full of rich apricot fruit, earth, cereal, fudge and restrained Bourbon oak. Adding a touch of water reveals hidden dimensions to this glorious malt, emphasising its apricot and yellow fruit and brining out the most glorious perfume hints on the nose. I loved the earlier bottling of this malt, but this is even better.

John McDougall Golden cask Glen Moray 1990 (16 year old) 61.3%

Dist: 1990 Btl: 2006/ Tasted: July 2007

Light, estery, prikly nose. Quite spirity with white liquorice, botanicals and a touch of vanilla. The palate is light and soft with vanilla oak, apricot, orange and grassy herbaceous notes. The alcohol dominates the palate and it finishes with some gin-like botanicals.

Water only emphasises the botanicals and the cask (vanilla/ toffee) on the nose. The palate is pleasant if not stunning with again the oak being emphasised.

Duncan Taylor Glen Moray 1973 (36 year old) 53.1%

Bourbon Cask 7037/ Dist: 1973 Btl: 2010/ Tasted: Apr 2010

Very dark in colour with a terrific bouquet of Armagnac-esque dried fruit – raisins, prunes, almonds and sultanas. Luscious, mature almost tropical fruit follow with the candy sweet American oak sitting in the background. Quiet robust and earthy for a Morey, and very complex, developing light treacle and a slight herbal-leafiness. Lovely!

The palate is fairly light with sugar coated, honeyed dried fruit and that Armagnac-esqur rancio. It even has a touch of the foxy Baco 22a about it and a touch of roasted green nuts and building salt (almost Manzanilla like). A short, piquant burst of alcohol is followed by the old wood notes of roasted coffee, liquorice, hickory and dried spices. The honey returns once more with an herbal inflection and exits with a dried, nutty fruit finale. A lovely old dram that definitely doesn’t need water because, well, just take my word for it!

Glen Moray No Age Statement 40%

Tasted: Nov 2011

A hugly oaked nose. It seems like a new world Sauvignon Blanc with perfume, bubblegum and a slight hint of rose water. Definitely one-dimensional. The palate mirrors the nose in being straightforward and pleasantly full, but it does become overly sweet. A pleasant quaffer as they say in wine circles!

Glen Moray Classic 40%

Score: 9.0

Nose: A lovely, vibrant, herbal, grassy and citric nose with hints of banana and milky sub-tropical fruit. Wonderfully fresh with a touch of lightly perfumed white fruit and pure vanilla. Quite charming!

Palate: Fresh, grassy and citrusy with pure vanilla pod and light sub-tropical fruit. Exuberant and fruity with late notes of barley and banana. (3.6)

Finish: Long and fresh with the Sauvignon Blanc-eque grassiness lingering along with some creamy oak. (1.6)

Conclusion: Beautifully fresh and very enjoyable.

Glen Moray 10 year old 40%

Chardonnay Cask matured/ Tasted: Jan 2013

Soft aromas of decaying straw, earthy boiled sweet marc and light cardboard. Quite astringent with a touch of white fruit and barley along with a slight winey note. Oh and did I mention the caramel? Well I’d be surprised if that was natural caramel.

The palate opens with the sweet caramel and butter followed by some light barley, boiled sweet marc and light cardboard. The finish is a tad caramel dampened and bitter with a hint of nut shells. It’s ok. I don’t think this spirit has been matured in the greatest of wood to be honest.

Glen Moray 12 year old 40%

Score: 7.8

Nose: quite young, neutral or subtle? Hints of grass and honeycomb. Lightly oiled with hints of creamy oak and toasted caramel.(3.1)

Palate: young, light gristy with a touch of ‘off the still’ cereal.(2.3)

Finish: quite grassy with a touch of crisp citrus.(1.4)

Conclusion: way too young. Good spirit but it hasn’t developed any character yet.

Glen Moray 16 year old 40%

Bourbon/ Chenin Blanc

Tasted: Apr 2005

Quiet a confected/ candied nose of sweet banana, spice and burnt caramel. The palate is full, sweet and mouth coating almost to the point of cloying with an odd buttery/ oily consistency. Maybe there is a touch of apricot fruit in amongst all that wood but it is rather vapid and finishes with an unyielding hardness