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Glen Moray 25 Year Old Portwood Finish

Average score from 2 reviews and 2 ratings 78

Glen Moray 25 Year Old Portwood Finish

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  • Brand: Glen Moray
  • Bottler: Distillery Bottling
  • ABV: 43.0%
  • Age: 25 year old
  • Vintage: 1986

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Glen Moray 25 Year Old Portwood Finish

The reviewed bottle has been open for 2 days. There is no age statement

Nose: nicely flavoured Port wine dominates the lightly flavoured malt...except, there's sulphur here. There's a bit of burnt matchstick aroma here, which will likely show up much more strongly on the finish, and in the bottle with more air time. Absent the sulphur, this nose is sweet, mostly, and quite pleasant. Water added broadens and melds the fruit flavours in a nice way. Score: 22.5/25

Taste: intense dried astringent dark fruits with strong fruit tannins. The nice sweet/dry balance on the nose goes dry/sour/bitter in the mouth. This is ruined by sulphur. Water added softens and mellows the flavours. This is better with water added. Score: 19/25

Finish: goes more strongly sour and bitter into the finish. This is the weakest phase of the tasting. Water added softens and mellows the finish. Score: 18/25

Balance: Glen Moray Port Cask Finish is a bit of a blunt instrument. If you crave the Port wine flavours and you cannot taste sulphur you can enjoy a dram of Glen Moray Port Cask Finish, but don't expect refinement, elegance, or sophistication. Score: 19/25

Total Sequential Score: 78.5 points

Strength: medium strength of flavours in the nose; strong flavours thereafter. This is impressively strong for 40% ABV whisky. Score: 22.5/25

Quality: all of the flavours would be very good--without the sulphur. Score: 17/25

Variety: adequate variety of flavours, but almost all of them derive from the Port finish, which is compromised. Score: 21/25

Harmony: sulphur ruins the harmony. Score: 17/25

Total Non-Sequential Score: 77.5 points

Comment: I bought this bottle because I met some malt lovers who liked it, and because it cost me $ 29.42

This is a sulphur-ruined Port finish here. This is such a shame because, absent the sulphur, the Port cask flavours and malt taste quite good. Do I like to complain about sulphur-ruined whiskies? Hell no! What I hoped I was buying on the recommendation of some friends was a good $ 30 Port Finished whisky

If you can't taste or smell sulphur, or don't mind sulphur flavours, then you can like this. Just don't expect fireworks


Glen Moray was the first ever whisky that I tried, the first bottle that I bought and the first whisky that I tasted on Scottish soil. So it will always have special place in my heart. As of late, more varieties of NAS Glen Moray have hit the markets, On the supermarket’s shelf the traditional Glen Moray is now often accompanied by a peated brother and a port finished sister. Ladies first, so here is my take on the Glen Moray Port Finish

Description: a no-age-statement Glen Moray, finished in port casks with a most remarkable colour that I would like to describe as ‘rosé meets Irn Bru’ (that other famous Scottish drink).

Nose: eeuhm port, I guess? A simple bouquet of grape wood, redcurrant, freshly cut grass, with a knife tip of butter and a touch of chocolate. Not unpleasant at all.

Mouth: soft bodied yet grassy on the palate. A strange concoction of earthy and sweet notes: wet potting soil meets Turkish delights?

Finish: short with cinnamon spice and lots of oak.

Verdict: maybe it is just me, but I do not think that the use of port casks by the industry was a good idea. To me this whisky is the posterchild of everything that’s wrong with novelty finishes: by trying too hard to create something special, they lost the soul of the gentle Speysider within.

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