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THE SPEYSIDE FILES #4: GLEN MORAY

We stop here with our short reviews from Speyside Festival, and we’ll end with a special mention for Glen Moray, an underrated and almost unknown distillery: honestly, we must admit that it doesn’t have such a great reputation. And that’s a shame!, because we can all agree that there are good chances that the best whisky we’ll ever drink won’t be a Glen Moray, but for sure in the Speyside Festival craze the distillery was one of the few that kept its feet on the ground – and prices too, which is even more important. A momentary rant: is it possible that all the “distillery only” single casks cost no less than 80/90 pounds?, even when they’re super-young… In our humble opinion, these bottlings should be a reward for visitors that drive to the distillery, and should have a correct price. We don’t want to pry into distilleries’ economic affairs, but these casks cost them almost nothing… Anyway: special mention for Glen Moray, that had two 12 years old single casks, both under 50£. Amen.

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Glen Moray 25 yo ‘Port Finish’ (1988/2013, OB, 43%)

Very smooth and easy, just not so tasty and a bit weakish on the palate. Vanilla and wood, from the bourbon barrels, some fruity notes from the Port wine (plum jam, dehidrated red fruits). Some biscuity notes (Digestive malt biscuits) and even a bit spirity. Nice but kind of depowered, as it had always the hand break pulled. 83/100.

Glen Moray 2006 Chardonnay Cask ‘distillery exclusive’ (2018, OB, 59,5%)

Intriguing and blatantly sweet: spiced wood, malt biscuits and chestnuts, vanilla, fudge. Ginger biscuits and walnuts; a lot of dfried fruit and spices. Water tends to amplify the sweet side, softening the spicy exuberance. Peculiar and very pleasant, definitely it deserves the 50£ they ask: honesty, we like it! 85/100

Recommended soundtrack: Baustelle – Veronica, N.2.

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