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Glen Moray Classic

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Glen Moray Classic

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  • Brand: Glen Moray
  • Bottler: Distillery Bottling
  • ABV: 40.0%

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Glen Moray Classic

I am not the most experienced reviewer and am writing it as i see/smell/taste it. I have heard this referred to as the "entry level" expression by Glen Moray. I wouldn't disagree.

Upon pouring into the glass you see a very fair, light coloured liquid which appears to have a silky quality. If given one word to describe appearance I would choose pale although this doesn't really do it justice. It looks very inviting.

Nose: fruity, fresh, light, sweet, honey, juniper berries, spice. It has a subtle bouquet and is very inoffensive.

When you drink You get a crisp, sweet, citrus tingle with an oak undertone. This gives way to a stronger honey and lemon wave which mellows and softens. Rolling spices followed by a nutty wave.

The finish is tangy, spicy and very pleasant. It is not overly complicated and doesn't leave a legacy. You are left feeling it was nice but could have delivered more. Remembering that this is a gateway or entry level drop you can't argue.

Pleasant and enjoyable but forgettable.


Immediately, something about the box is striking. It looks classy enough; indeed, the golden crest nobly set amongst the dark blue background is reminiscent of those you see amongst Oxbridge colleges. No, what's striking is the lack of age upon either box or bottle. Is this worrying? Some would say so, but as an optimist I'm rather excited. 'You've got nothing to lose' the whisky seems to say (admittedly after several large glasses).

So, an uncertain nose is thrust into the glass, picking up pureed banana and the sweet fragrance of butterscotch. Freshly cut grass, perhaps a garden or so away, wafts into the picture. Supporting this ensemble is a bold maltiness that drives its way through this whisky.

Ought I to have been concerned? No, as it turns out, but it's still not setting my nose alight with sensation. Perhaps some water...Ah! The sweetness of the whisky lingers, but freshly ground pepper now dances liberally throughout. This whisky has come alive.

A glugg (or two, or three...) later and I'm acquainted with it. At first, a smoothness and a gentle sweetness. And no sooner am I thinking, 'Is this it?' than the toffee quality disappears amidst a crescendo of spiciness. The swallowing coincides with the whisky's climax, and it continues into the finish: from spice, to ginger and finally mellowing to shortbread. A beautiful symmetry.

It's lovely, it's multi-dimensional, but dare I confess to a slight embellishment? Whilst the Glen Moray is a superb whisky both its greatest strength and weakness lie at the beginning of this review: its lack of age. It promises nothing, delivers a lot, but hides behind the ambiguity. Nonetheless, it's difficult not to be impressed by what's accomplished here. Now, please excuse me...

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