Overall rating
87.38/100
votes
29
Whiskybase ID
WB115680
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)
Bottling serie
Juicy figs and gummy sweets
Vintage
17.05.2001
Stated Age
16 years old
Casktype
Oloroso Butt / New Oak Puncheon
Casknumber
35.215
Number of bottles
554
Strength
58.3 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
02 aug 2018 7:32 am by Tauti
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 70.29

2 × in wishlist

29 × member ratings

33 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Glen Moray 2001 SMWS 35.215

7 users have left 8 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.38 points.

  1. Jan B. scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Both Glen Moray and the bottler SMWS are two stories that I had criminally neglected so far - this bottling shows me that clearly! If I've become somewhat skeptical about "modern" sherry casks in recent years (for good reason), this one is a real bomb, and completely without the otherwise rather unpleasant "side aromas" of similar bottlings. My impression is that this one is incredibly complete - enormously complex expressions in many directions: sweet, dark fruity, nutty, tobacco leaves, dark chocolate with coffee bean splinters, leathery, great roasted aromas; and all complex and well integrated; excellently drinkable with and without water, without the typical off-notes of modern sherry finishes. It can keep up with some Glendronach single casks from the 90s. Glen Moray has just moved up significantly in my rather unconscious distillery ranking - and I have to take care of SMWS more anyway... Many thanks to Dorothee Hoffmann for the sample!

  2. WhiskyJoey1211 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A very good Glen Moray (from their SMWS golden era IMO), with clear notes of juicy figs and gummy sweets, as well as plenty of dark chocolate and red wine/sherry notes!

    (N = Neat, W = With water)
    • Nose
      N: Strong dark chocolate with dried fruits - apricots and a little bit of date, fresh leather scent as well as plenty of sherry notes.

      W: Becomes more leather bound and old books, lots of dried fruit and sherry notes, as well as dark chocolate.
    • Taste
      N: Very sweet, almost dessert wine, with strong red wine or light sherry notes and more dried fruits, with fresh gummy sweets.

      W: More dark chocolate, dark plums - the whole whisky becomes quite dark actually! Very good quality, takes a couple of drops of water well (but as SMWS says, it really isn't necessary!).
    • Finish
      N: Sweet spices and lingering into light sulphur (the good kind).

      W: Same as above, but just a little less intense, with some light malted barley notes coming out.

  3. PunxsutawneyPhil scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Needs some water. I liked this one. It's bold and aggressive
    • Nose
      88 88
      Dark chocolate, figs, ripe red fruit, leather, musty oak, some mint,
    • Taste
      89 89
      Rather thin in the mouth, but still quite a strong taste. Ripe red fruit, figs, then wet oak, some mint
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium long, only slightly drying and only slightly bitter. A grenadine-like red fruit covers the mouth with some tingling mint and covered in old, used leather. Oak notes come in waves.

  4. MickMatrix scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      82 82

  5. MickMatrix scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      82 82

  6. hettrum scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  7. FernetBranco scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Notes from the SMWS website: https://www.smws.com/juicy-figs-and-percy-pigs

    The nose wafts a bouquet of fruit tea, Percy Pigs, thick-cut marmalade and marrons glacés, with rum-soaked prunes, Armagnac and hints of leather and waxed jackets. The palate is a sumptuous feast of juicy figs, spiced plums and chocolate sauce over raspberries; we also found lebkuchen and peppery black bun. Adding water (completely unnecessary) produced aromas of toffee apple, marzipan, plum tart and pumpernickel. The palate is a rapturous balance of fruit (raspberry, cassis) and earthier flavours of dark chocolate, root beer and parsnip and beetroot crisps. After 15 years in an Oloroso butt we transferred this to a new oak puncheon.

    Initial price (August 2018): 63,00 GBP
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  8. Theli scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    smws: After 15 years in an Oloroso butt we transferred this to a new oak puncheon.

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