Review No.133. Glen Moray 16 Year Old

Glen Moray single malts can be found in many of the major UK supermarkets and their range is quite extensive.  Their single malts are priced around £20-£25 mark.  There is the Elgin classic range which consists of a number of non age statements covering the broad spectrum of bourbon matured, sherry matured and peated single malts.  This range also includes are variety of wine cask finished single malts.  Then there is the heritage range which includes age statement single malts aged at 12, 15 and 18 years.  This 16 year old is now discontinued.


Whisky: Glen Moray 16 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 40%

Nose: Stewed apple, pear crumble, vanilla, butterscotch, leather

Taste: Biscuit, malt, lemon, soapy, sour cherry, orange, leather, oak, dark chocolate

Finish: Baked cake, dark chocolate chip

Score: 3

Summary: This has been matured in bourbon casks and finished in sherry casks and this shows clearly in the flavours that I picked up.  Give this one time and a drop of water and you will be rewarded with a rich sherry influenced single malt.  There are buttery cake notes with syrup which give this a lush feel and the texture is soft.  This is very drinkable but it is let down by being bottled at 40%.  I may skip the non age statements and give try a sample of the 18 year old as a result of trying this.



Scoring scale: My scores reflect a balance of the overall experience, availability and cost for a whisky,

1 – not to my preference

2 – tastes fine but does not excite me

3 – more to my liking and would revisit occasionally

4 – very much to my liking and would consider as a regular feature on my whisky shelf

5 – permanent feature on my whisky shelf


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