Review: Glen Moray 12 Years Old 2001 – 35.121 ‘You make me feel (mighty real)’

Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky

Origin: Glen Moray Distillery

Bottling:Scotch Malt Whisky Society Cask 35.121

ABV: 57.9%

Cost: £43.80 for 70cl from SMWS

Score: 83/100

SMWS

What they say:

Cask No. 35.121

We all imagined entering an old fashioned sweet shop. Aromas of candy floss, jelly babies, wine gums, marshmallows, liquorice allsorts, mint humbugs and large sheets of cinder toffee with pieces broken off with a hammer fill the air and make us all smile. To taste hot and intense like black pepper or wasabi, a zesty sweetness of citric extract and flavours of toasted barley and stewed carrots. With water, honey and beeswax to start followed by fruity aromas of strawberry fondant and summer berries with vanilla mascarpone. Sweet and mellow to taste, strawberry Angel Delight, coffee liqueur chocolates and in the finish ginger nut biscuits.

Drinking tip: Now the day is over, night is drawing nigh

Date Distilled: 11 December 2001 Colour: Pale Ale Age: 12 years Flavour : Spicy & sweet Cask Type: First fill ex-bourbon barrel Whisky Region: Speyside Lossie Outturn: 235 bottles

SMWS-NLtasting 03/02/2015

What I say:

Dram # 2 from SMWS The Vaults New List Steak & Chips Tasting held by Ryan McCafferty on 3rd February 2015. Back on familiar ground now, there was no doubting this was Single Malt and also a lot younger than Dram #1. At the reveal we found out this was from Glen Moray (SMWS Distillery #35) in Speyside and was matured for 12 Years in a1st fill bourbon barrel – classic malt territory.

Colour:

Light gold (9/20), medium tears

Nose:

A faint hint of Methylated spirits, stewed apples, cereal barley grist, heather blossom honey, icing sugar, vanilla, freshly baked sweet pastries, alcoholic and spirit, ascerbic, resinous, a little spiced heat then further vanilla, coconut and apple.

Taste:

Smoother than the nose, more rounded and fuller bodied, freshly baked apple pie with cinnamon, bubblegum, toffee-coated popcorn, a little liquorice torpedo’s. With water sharper and crisper (almost unripe) apples and crab apple jelly were added.

Finish:

Spicy and drying, cinnamon spice, tannic oak wood, sharp and ascerbic

Overall:

A young fruity Speyside malt – a classic, if still a little youthful in places, Glen Moray.