Origin: Speyside (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing casks: Ex-Bourbon First Fill
Added coloring: No
Owner: La Martiniquaise
Average price: € 109.00
Official website: www.glenmoray.com
After a long time, we return to Elgin to explore another piece of the Heritage Collection of Glen Moray, a Speyside distillery that is certainly not one of the coolest in the industry.
Conceived as a series representative of the whisky they produce, its five expressions aim to offer bottles at an affordable price while remaining in the premium bracket.
How often do we hear this term, premium, used without anyone really having any idea what it means: high-end whisky? High quality whisky? Low-end whisky?
In fact, the term is used a little bit at random (there’s an Italian term for that, but you better don’t know it), more to set the tone for the bottling and somehow justify the price.
In this case, Glen Moray uses the label to underline the fact that it offers high quality malts at popular prices, even if going over a hundred Euros for an 18 year old doesn’t seem to me particularly popular for its range. The packaging, it has to be said, goes beyond the usual cardboard box and actually offers a more refined packaging.
Compared to the three lower ageings, this time the alcohol content is higher than the minimum.
Full gold in the glass.
Roughly sweet nose with nutmeg, dried figs, candied apricot and orange, buttered pastry, baked apple, honey, a hint of lemon. Caramelised brown sugar and wood polish. In the background, a breath of sea air. Attractive.
Malt biscuits and fruit appear on the palate, reflecting the tones of the nose but with a certain alcoholic disorder, which is felt more than it should, together with nuts, chocolate, nutmeg, sultanas, orange marmalade. There is also a hint of saltiness and, along the length, a bitter background note.
The finish is moderately long and dry, savoury, with hazelnut, nutmeg and biscuit.
A whisky with little incisiveness, which follows familiar paths with a few twists and turns, in an all in all boring and at times not very pleasant drink.
Reviews of Glen Moray whisky from the blog:
Glen Moray 15yo