You can never grumble when offered a Glen Moray, or can you ?
Glen Moray like i have said so many times is often overlooked and ridiculed by those who have been rather blinkered by the price of its liquid.
Glen Moray Distillery first produced spirit on the 13th September 1897 although there had been beer brewed on site since way back in the 1830’s when it was originally set up as a brewery. Originally operating under the Elgin West Brewery name since 1830 where it produced local ales.
The distillery is more than happy to carry on traditions of filling a multitude of different cask styles and although the practice of “finishing” has always been done to very high standards it is always a pleasure to explore some ex bourbon matured stock and especially a single cask..
Glen Moray 16 Year Old 2005 (cask 18663) – Old Malt Cask – Hunter Laing
Distillery.. Glen Moray
Age.. 16 years
Distilled.. May 2005
Bottled.. May 2021
Cask.. #18663 Re-Fill Barrel
Outturn.. 322 Bottles
Range.. Old Malt Cask
Bottler.. Hunter Laing
Nose.. Apple pie, poached pear and vanilla custard mingles with cinnamon, bounty bars and damp dunnage warehouse.
Palate.. A little earthy note leads into a ginger prickle before lemon Victoria sponge cake and custard cream biscuits take control.
Finish.. lingering spices
Thoughts.. This does not disappoint and carries that very familiar Glen Moray Dna as expected. The 50% abv works perfectly with this cask and allows plenty of those delicate notes to still show up.
These single cask offerings from the multitude of indie bottlers really do offer up a great insight into the individual distilleries, don’t get me wrong there is nothing wrong with the core range, engineered taste style but if you really want to learn about a distillery then for me you have to try these single cask offerings.