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Glen Moray 2003 SMWS 35.197

Overall rating
Single Malt
Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)
Bottling serie
Big mountain adventure
11. 07.2003
Stated Age
14 years old
Refill Ex-Chardonnay Barrique
Number of bottles
59.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
28 Dec 2017 8:29 pm by Theli
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 60,90

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Whisky Reviews for Glen Moray 2003 SMWS 35.197

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.00 points

  1. hettrum scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  2. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  3. Moritz scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  4. Moritz scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Again a great SMWS bottling. The barrel has an intense influence, without being uncomfortable to dominate. PLV ratio is typically excellent for Glen Moray, 14 years in Chardonnay & cask strength - excellent for 52.20 GBP.
    • Nose
      Sweetly sour dominated, which should probably come mainly from the barrel. In addition there is a clear citrus note & nutty notes. Overall, very harmonious, the alcohol carries the aromas and does not force itself into the foreground.
    • Taste
      Intense, spicy notes, slightly sour. Lemon, quite "light", nice and round. Touch of chocolate, towards departure may be a bit caramel.
    • Finish
      Long and present, here comes the cask strength to bear. Stimulates the salivation, especially citrus notes and this slightly sourish on the barrel dominate. Very pleasant.

  5. Macheye scored this whisky 74 points Expert Senior

    Wine maturation is often hit or miss for my tastes and this unfortunately is a bit of a miss (which is a touch sad as the official Glen Moray 10 year old Chardonnay Cask works fairly well). Flavours seem a little higgledy piggledy between the nose and palate and there’s quite a lot of bitterness and heavy tannins in play too.

    • Nose
      Perfumed and spicy. Heavy cloves, pepper, and anise are joined by sandalwood, cut blooms and potpourri. There’s a good hint of cigar box here – musty and leafy. Water is very reductive taking away much of the spice and floral aromas and replacing them with berry fruits and gummi sweets.
    • Taste
      Sharp and earthy. Moss and damp earthiness meet dusty cupboards and cardboard. There’s some sharpness here which I suspect is the Chardonnay influence, but it comes across more akin to grappa and very tart grapes. There’s some roasted flavours in the mix here too – cornflakes and lightly toasted bread. Dilution greatly improves the fruit intensity offering stewed pineapples in particular.
    • Finish
      Medium in length, but quite astringent and fairly tannic too.

  6. theograph did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Notes von der Website: https://de.smws.com/big-mountain-adventure

    Ausgabepreis Ende Dezember: 54,20 GBP

    Rivers of rich fruits cascaded amongst mountains of spices in a land of taste titillation and olfactory stimulation. Spiced apple pies were lavishly sprinkled with orange peel, nutmeg and cinnamon amongst hillsides of tropical hardwoods. Crystalised ginger and mouth-numbing cloves paved the path towards glazed walnuts on orange and ginger fruitcake. The rivers ran into lochs of sticky golden syrup as orange liqueur raindrops drizzled down onto overripe banana boats. Star anise and plum sauce lead us in in the direction of roast duck with five spice before we became lost in the darkness of bitter chocolate forests with sweet tobacco leaves and a spongy floor of yummy Jamaican ginger cake.


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