Whisky Review: Glen Moray 1998 PX Finish
Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky
Origin: Glen Moray Distillery
Bottling: Glen Moray Distillery Cask Sample
What they say:
19 years 0 months old (19years old!) with 3 years and 4 months in a PX Sherry cask. As Glen Moray’s Master Blender Graham Coull stated ” I reduced some 1998 Glen Moray to 50% before filling it into the PX. I was interested to see how the lower abv would affect the flavour”
What I say:
Sampled during the #GlenMoray Tweet Tasting hosted by Steve @TheWhiskyWire and Glen Moray’s Master Distiller Graham Coull @GlenMorayGCoull on 24th January 2018. This expression was distilled at Glen Moray distillery in 2002. Distilled in 1998 at Glen Moray and matured in an ex-bourbon cask for just under 16 years before being reduced to 50% ABV and finished for 3 years and 4 months in Pedro Ximenez sherry cask #99913, sampled at 19 years old total.
Amber gold (9/20)
Rich and deep, hazelnut puree and pickled walnuts, chocolate, suede leather, tannic, new leather shoes, raisin, prune and fig
Demerara sugar, candied nuts, menthol, Fishermen’s friends, reminds me of a mint julep, some further sweetness of dried fig jam, has an air of hazelnut latte about it.
Long, syrupry dates, figs, hazelnuts & pecans, espresso coffee
I like it, quite subtle as far as PX finishes go, very shippable. I suspect the reduced ABV going into the PX casks has subtly coaxed the PX elements out of the wood rather than strip it out as fast as possible like most finishes would. The resulting whisky didn’t hit me as a “sherry bomb” like some of the other tasters were ‘suggesting’ or inferring? Rather as others state;d it was a muted PX which allowed the distillery character to shine through. Masterfully constructed and possibly my favourite of the evening.
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