As with all the other drams of this tasting I have the impression that the Glen Moray whisky did not really integrate with the finishes very well - it seems as if the different aromas and flavours fight each other. But why do distilleries known for subtle and light Speyside drams produce heavily peated stuff - everyone knows that you need a powerful and characterful malt (like Ardbeg or Lagavulin produces) to create a balanced profile with heavy peat levels (is this greed or desperation?). As a drinker I never ever will buy a bottle of such failed experiments regardless of the price tag (that is anyway way too high for a 7-years old)...
All three different characteristics of this nose: malty-peaty-sherry aromas somehow fight each other. This is a very unbalanced and even somewhat immature nosing experience, I do not like it at all (despite there are no obvious off-notes)!
The taste is sweet (sherry), bitter (woods) and ashy (mainland peat) as if you chew a sugar-glazed half-burned wood that is a leftover from your last bonfire. Interesting but not really tasty - at least the flavours are much better arranged than with the nose...
The mouthfeel is warming, a little hot and somewhat coating with a very drying-astringent ending. The finish is of medium length with a quite bitter (tannins, tobacco) and drying-astringent (tannins, ashy) profile what is a bad combo according to my taste buds. Water improves the dram because it reduces the drying-astringent notes - I like it best at about 46% abv. This is good for two additional points in the finish.