Whisky Review: Glen Moray 11 Years Old 2005 Burgundy Cask 5422

Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky

Origin: Glen Moray Distillery

Bottling: Handfill distillery exclusive

ABV: 59.7%

Cost:  £50

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What they say:

Cask #5422 first fill ex-Burgundy Cask was filled 2005 and selected as a handfill/bottle-your-own during our visit in October 2016.

What I say:

Another distillery exclusive bottle-your-own and this time great value, a single cask at cask strength of 59.7%, 11 Years Old Glen Moray that had spent its entire life in a 1st fill ex-Burgundy wine cask. £50 a bottle from the distillery!

Colour:

Bronzed/burnished copper with ruby highlights (14/20) fine legs with creeping long medium-fine tears

Nose:

Prickly spiced and jammy fruitcake, red fruits, tannic leather and tea, dark berry jam (forest fruits), red grapes, peppery and dusty/powdered and concentrated spices, a little spirit burn (expected at this ABV!), old books/leather-bound tomes a rich malty and nuttiness, cereal and milk chocolate sweetness, with water; Nutella on toasted brown bread and a cup of black coffee.

Taste:

Sweet and jammy, raw and freshly cooked jam, sugary/syrupy, mixed tart berries, blackcurrant, black tannic tea, oak wood, grape must, malty cereal barley, liquorice, toasted ryebread, with water a lot of the sugary sweetness dissolves and a mass of tannic spice, dry wood, caramelised woody sugars, tobacco leaf and over dry cigar boxes.

Finish:

Medium-long, dry, tannic, sweet and dark red fruits, red berry fruit tea.

Overall:

Powerful fruity and tannic plenty of bitter dark chocolate/coffee with a dollop of mixed berry jam. Water carefully!

Score: 86/100

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