A Hatful of Glen Moray Drams

Glen Moray mastery There re many distilleries that i have a fondness for and i would guess all of my whisky friends know that Glen Moray is one of those distilleries.

Not only have i always had a great experience with all the staff at the distillery (especially Iain and Emma) but i also get on really well with the liquid itself and find it immensly drinkable.

it does have a bit of a chequered past and many look at the pricing of the classic range and think it can't be any good, those people are missing out, Glen Moray is a distillery any whisky drinker should be looking at closely.


Glen Moray 12yr Elgin Heritage

Glen Moray 12yr Elgin Heritage The entry level dram from Glen Morays Elgin Heritage range and matured exclusively in American Oak casks, this dram was described to me by The distillery’s Iain Allan as the typical Speyside dram and to be fair I can’t disagree.

I’m a huge fan of this and with a seriously good price point I can see why many, including Iain, would describe this as a synonymous Speysider. Rich complex fruity, bold just the way I like it.

Available to buy from Master of Malt

Thanks to Glen Moray for the official sample.

 

Apples and pears drops, lots of pear upside down cake, under cooked pastry, hints of black currants and custard, a little toffee sauce and little cooked white chocolate, there’s also still an underlying barley.

Rich toffee sauce, then apple, raspberry and black currant crumble, hints of dough and a tasty cereal note with some custard

Cereal notes and gentle spiced vanilla sugar.

Bottle Name: Glen Moray 12yr Elgin Heritage
Age: 12
ABV: 40.00
Distiller: Glen Moray
Bottler: Glen Moray
Type: Single Malt
From: Scotland, Speyside


Glen Moray 15yr Elgin Heritage

Glen Moray 15yr Elgin Heritage The next level dram from Glen Morays Elgin Heritage range and matured in a combination of american oak and european ex sherry oak.

theres more rich fruits creeping in here but it's seriously tasty and creamy with yoghurt and white chocolate mocha both making an appearance.

the 12 year old is still my favourite from the range but that is simply due to my love of ex american oak drams, if you want a hint of sherry this will rock your boat.

Available to buy from Master of Malt

Thanks to Glen Moray for the official sample.

 

The nose on this starts with a huge swathe of cereal notes, it’s weetabix and bran flakes, then lots of juicy tropical fruits in a spiced toffee sauce,

Rich and bold, spiced toffee again along with some apricots and yoghurt covered raisins, a little oak leaf sauce and a note that reminds me of a Starbucks white chocolate mocha.

Sweet, toffee, apricots, tasty

Bottle Name: Glen Moray 15yr Elgin Heritage
Age: 15
ABV: 40.00
Distiller: Glen Moray
Bottler: Glen Moray
Type: Single Malt
From: Scotland, Speyside


Glen Moray 18yr Elgin Heritage

Glen Moray 18yr Elgin Heritage The top of the range dram from Glen Morays Elgin Heritage range and matured in a first fill american oak barrels is this 18 year old.

Spicier, richer and sweeter and more complex that the others in this range, lots of vanilla sugar and a serious mouthcoating viscous palate, this is a seriously tasty dram.

Looking for a bang for your buck dram this is it. hugely flavoursome, masses of fruit and sweetness and toffee and yumminess, and all for around £70/80 thats a bargain in my books.

Available to buy from Master of Malt

Thanks to Glen Moray for the official sample.

 

A richer more rounded dark fruit note than others in this stable, hints of toffee and spices, mainly nutmeg with a touch of cinnamon and allspice. The nose is deeper and much richer than the other two Elgin Heritage stablemates.

Rich and spicy, a large dose of sweet vanilla sugar, dark toffee sauce, rich and fruity and very viscous on the palate, vanilla sugar and sweet juicy melon

Sweet vanilla sugar, oily and ongoing

Bottle Name: Glen Moray 18yr Elgin Heritage
Age: 18
ABV: 47.20
Distiller: Glen Moray
Bottler: Glen Moray
Type: Single Malt
From: Scotland, Speyside


Glen Moray Mastery

Glen Moray mastery The most expensive release from Glen Moray that i've seen in my time drinking whisky, and that includes me having drank through some SMWS bottlings around the same age as me, so this has to be pretty special.

Unofficially i believe there is a 39year old 1978 vintage (ex bourbon), 29 year old 1988 vintage (ex madiera), 1992 vintage (in sherry) and 2004 vintage (ex madiera) in here (although thats all speculation) so a really interesting mix of sweeter whiskies and most with a great amount of age on them.

This really is sweet and juicy, the madiera comes through nicel, lots of marmalade and fruits and toffees, this is seriously easy drinking, especially for the ABV.

Is it worth £830 a bottle? if i'm honest i really don't know, i love some much of the rest of the range which is reasonably priced, but knowing what has went into this, and the effort of the teams behind it, really it is a price worth paying for a special occasion whisky.

Available to buy from Master of Malt

Thanks to Glen Moray for the official sample.

 

There’s initially a rich sweet wine note (that’ll be the Madeira wine then) with rich buttery toast notes, hints of chocolate, and spiced citrus fruits, vanilla essence comes in with some rich thick cut marmalade before a splash of rich fruit cake and dried raisins and apricots, complex and tasty.

Rich oak and more of that rich buttery toast, chunky thick cut marmalade, vanilla sugar and a sweet winey grape note, there’s some nutmeg and Chinese allspice, tangy citrus fruits and gentle white pepper

Sweet tangy citrus fruits, marmalade again and a long lasting splash of white pepper and vanilla sugar.

Bottle Name: Glen Moray Mastery
Age: NAS
ABV: 52.30
Distiller: Glen Moray
Bottler: Glen Moray
Type: Single Malt
From: Scotland, Speyside


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