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A good friend of mine got me this bottle for my birthday last year, and before I had tasted the contents, it already ticked a lot of boxes for me: bottled from a single cask, respectable ABV & age statement, natural color, and a simple label. This was a bottle that looked like it was made in SCOTLAND, if you know what I mean, and it screamed "I AM A CRAFT WHISKY." We opened the bottle this week to try the contents.
The nose reminds me of Glenmorangie 10, except there's some extra power and spiciness that goes beyond Glenmorangie. The notes are peach, pear, ginger, and cinnamon. Google tells me the Glen Moray distillery is in the Speyside region - hardly a surprise at this point.
On the tongue, there is honey sweetness that quickly intensifies. Like the nose, there is lots of white fruit: peach and pear, with a subtle mineral quality that really makes it feel fresh. The substantial texture is good on the tongue, as well as the potent, long-lasting flavor with its shades of ginger and cinnamon.
Strangely, the finish is swift and leaves little behind except a tingle.
It would be fascinating to taste this bottle next to Glenmorangie 10, to help reveal the maturity and complexity of the older bottle.