Glen Moray

Glen Moray 22 Years Old 1995 35.214 Without Pretence (55.7%, SMWS, 1st Fill Bourbon Barrel, 221 Bottles, 2018)

Whisky Review: SMWS 35.214 Without Pretence

  • Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky
  • Origin: Glen Moray distillery
  • Bottling: SMWS, Cask #35.214
  • ABV: 55.7%
  • Cost: £97

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What they say

AGE 22 Years
DATE DISTILLED 27th October 1995
CASK TYPE First Fill Ex-Bourbon Barrel
REGION Speyside
OUTTURN 1 of 221 bottles
ABV 55.7%

Official tasting notes:

A vibrant and vivacious greeting filled us with a contagious excitement as we began the journey before us. With an honesty and straightforwardness we discovered heaps of creamy vanilla and soft heather fudge, bound in harmony with sandalwood and apricot turnovers. A clean and fresh vibe filled the room reminiscent of sunshine after the rain and the delicate scent of magnolia. The palate carried delectable warmth that was both creamy and sweet. Vanilla custard joined popcorn and pastry for an irresistible voyage into deliciousness that arrived at crumpets with melted butter. We concluded with the cheery spice of nutmeg and peppercorn sauce followed by a fresh whiff of peppermint and a healthy does of oak.

What I say

Sampled as part of the #SMWSat35 virtual tasting led by Master Brand Ambassador John McCheyne from The Vaults venue in Leith.

My tasting notes:

  • Appearance: Chardonnay Gold (6/20),
  • Nose: Sweet honey, vanilla, pastry, fruity apple, touch of pear juice, biscuit cereal malt, light caramel,
  • Taste: Sugary fudge, tablet, spiced white pepper, ginger root, oak wood, sharp and tannic,
  • Finish: Medium-short, spiced wood, and light honeyed fruits.

Overall

Sadly a good example of the numbers on the bottle just not adding up for me. Amazingly ethereal for a 22 year old whisky. Too old to boast much Glen Moray character, too under-active cask to display much flavour anywhere really. Nothing wrong with it, but not much to write home about either.

Score 80/100

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