Thursday, July 30, 2009

Tasting a Glen Moray 10yo

This is a guest post by the Colonel-in-Chief's father. A noted whisky connoisseur, he has reviewed a bottle of Glen Moray.

The Product
Glen Moray is a Speyside single malt distilled in the town of Elgin and is matured in oak casks, producing a whisky which is light gold in colour. In fact it is the lightest coloured whisky I have ever seen or tasted. It is distilled, matured, and bottled by the Glen Moray Distillery in Scotland. There is no clue on the bottle as to how old it is.*

The Nose
I have a nose of world championship quality, that is, if I was locked in a room with a limited air supply with 99 other persons I would be the last person standing. Despite this advantage, the only smell that I can pick up is whisky although the bottle claims it is 'gently spiced with butterscotch notes.'

The Taste
It has a smooth creamy texture, but again there is no butterscotch, the only thing that I can taste is whisky.

The Swallow
This is where all whisky should be judged. It goes down with a nice warm feeling with no hint of after-burn that you often get with cheap blends.

The Summary
I think that the distillery is trying to capture a niche in the market with a cheaper single malt; they obviously rate it as inferior to Glenlivet because of the asking price. Despite that, it is better than most blends but not a top whisky. Still it is good value at the current price.**

Overall, I would rate it about five lightning bolts (out of seven).

Sr. Colonel-in-Chief,

* Comparison with the Glen Moray website suggests its 10yo
** I bought two more bottles yesterday