This is part One of a three part series on a distillery only bottle from Glen Moray.
Did a sample swap with the master distiller up at Glen Moray, I send him some off beat American stuff (Ironroot Republic) and he sent me down some Glen Moray loveliness and this is one of them.
I have a lot of time for Glen Moray, they offer a decent range of affordable whiskies that both newbies and experienced drinkers can all enjoy, and should, but this is different, it’s a whopping 56.7% which is rare for this distillery and it’s a complex dram for the more seasoned drammers.
This bottle is only available from the distillery shop and retails for £125 a bottle.
I kept adding water to this until it was about 60/40 whisky to water, that’s a lot of water but half an hour in the glass and a fair split of water and it really blossomed to reveal a wonderful dram. The whisky spent sixteen years in first fill bourbon cask then six further years in Oloroso sherry casks.
Nose. Bourbon cask, spicy oak and burnt toffee, undiluted orange juice. The sherry cask comes on later after an hour in the glass, crystallised ginger, rich sweet sherry over vanilla ice cream, roasted hazelnuts.
Palate. Good quality spiced rum, roasted marshmallow then cola bottle sweeties, treacle tart, brown sugar, orange juice and orange rind. I wouldn’t advocate using this in a cocktail but it would make a bitchin’ Old Fashioned.
Finished. Lovely and warm, treacle and sherried fruit.
One of the more complex drams I’ve had this year, not easy going but fascinating and worth exploring.