Every now and then I have a peak at the bottom shelf at my local supermarket to see if there are any offers or new bottles in stock. I have noticed over the past year or so that variations of Glen Moray have been appearing on the shelves and at prices that compete with blends. Glen Moray single malt range is quite extensive and you can find their single malts are priced around the £20-£25 mark. I have reviewed the 16 year old which is no longer available and found it to be decent. I wasn’t in a rush to try another Glen Moray until I happen to notice the Elgin Classic on offer at £16, which is the cheapest I have ever seen a single malt being sold at. I could not resist and had to try it.
Whisky: Glen Moray Elgin Classic Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 40%
Nose: Metallic, vegetal, hay, floral, vanilla, custard
Taste: Vanilla, malt, barley sugar, biscuits, custard, earth
Finish: Earth, malt, barley sugar
Summary: At £16 this offers excellent value for money. It is light, floral and malty with a good dose of earthiness in the background which in combination work well together. I had been informed by distillery manager that this was matured exclusively in first fill bourbon casks. This influence shows, the flavours are vibrant and there is not a bad note that I could spot. This is delicious and I really can’t get over how much I paid for this although I have say I purchased a 2nd bottle soon after and found it to have a bit more alcohol heat but not enough to ruin the experience. If there is a malt to prove that bottom shelf single malts should not be overlooked then this is it. I would happily recommend this to anyone.
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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