Glen Moray 21 year-old

Overall rating
86.72/100
votes
79
Whiskybase ID
WB136638
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Portwood Finish
Bottled
2019
Stated Age
21 years old
Casktype
Ex-bourbon casks, port cask finish
Strength
46.3 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
Small Batch Release
Barcode
5060116323115
Added on
09 aug 2019 11:12 pm by Coldorak
Non-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 153.54

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Whisky reviews for Glen Moray 21 year-old

17 users have left 17 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.72 points.

  1. Noface83 scored this whisky 87 points Specialist

    Quasi successor to the 25 port with 43%. It had nice "old-school" aromas, but it looked quite thin. The 21 is a bit "fresher" and more aromatic, but without being too modern - the 21 years are showing and the harmony between the character of the distillery and the barrel fits. Successful bottling, albeit a bit ambitious in price. Very coherent and elegant whisky that is convincing in all points but there is no wow effect.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Forest fruits, lime, malic acid, malt coffee, caramel sweetness and a little vanilla, a hint of cinnamon, pleasant wood - very harmonious with a clear distillery character but also clearly recognizable barrel influence.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Smooth but surprisingly strong, a lot of grain and caramel biscuits, milk chocolate, honey sweetness, a little vanilla, cold fruit tea, becomes more and more spicy towards the back with a lot of wood and even a little chilli. Wow, it's creamy and complex - absolutely a step up from the old 25.
    • Finish
      87 87
      First a slight chilli heat with the lush oak aromas, then the smooth sweetness with its mixture of malt and red fruits fight its way forward. The wood then becomes bitter and offers a duel with the sweetness until the end of the medium-long finish.

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  3. Boletus did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    This malt gets better with every sip. Its harmonious and beautiful aroma profile only really comes to light with a longer stay in the mouth, even if it lacks some oak.
    You should definitely take your time with this malt, and not just when smelling it.
    • Nose
      It starts with dusty, dry wooden boards, behind is a large bowl with sour berries, black currants, raspberries, there are also a few strawberries, tart unripe plums, the smell seems very closed at first, but breathing does it very well and it opens up with sweeter and smoother aromas, settled barley, vanilla cream, also mealy apples appear with some time, the oak remains amazingly silent except for a hint of liquorice and the ever-present dry wood dust
    • Taste
      A creamy-berry start like a juicy strawberry roulade, but then the sour berries attract attention with a slightly scratchy feeling, raspberries, the black currants are now mixed with red ones and sweetened a lot, the sour moments have calmed down, blooms it only really picks up with a longer stay in the mouth, the barley remains almost as still as the oak, but juicy white-fleshed peaches appear together with low-acid storage apples and gooseberries, a dark milk chocolate note builds up and becomes clearer with every sip, liquorice
    • Finish
      Decent medium length, initially there is a slightly braking momentum like tannic currant peel, a short echo of sour berries, then the mild dry wood note comes to the fore and is accompanied by a hint of vineyard peaches, vanilla and dark chocolate cream, the aftertaste is of unripe hazelnuts and the strange hint of green olives

  4. MaroFF scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A very pleasant whisky in aroma and taste, which should be delicate and quite digestible even for picky gourmets. A lot of sweetness, ripe honeydew fruits and forest berries with a pleasant aftertaste of honey bitterness, makes you want to reach for another refill to the glass.
    The longer it stays in the glass, the sweeter and fruitier it becomes.
    The empty glass retains the aroma the next morning.
    • Nose
      89 89
      sweet, intense, pine needles, almonds, slightly minty, vanilla
    • Taste
      90 90
      sweet, honey, vanilla, toffee, yeast cake, blueberries, honeydew apples, melon, slightly spicy, with chocolate in the background
    • Finish
      89 89
      medium, sweet, buckwheat honey, then turns into a delicate bitterness with a hint of dark chocolate, strongly warming the palate.

  5. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    dried fruits, marzipan, orchard fruits, vanilla, honey, cinnamon, quite pleasant

  6. dram-drinker scored this whisky 89 points Photo Moderator

    Not tasting much of the port cask but quite nice bourbon cask, balanced and drinkable - very nice!
    • Nose
      88 88
      Bags of pear, some stone fruits, plum, peach, vanilla, little lemony, minerals, stones, marzipan, cookie dough, apple pie, honeydew, custard cream - not bad
    • Taste
      89 89
      Oily, fruity, honey, vanilla, good sweetness, cookie dough, biscuit, pear, plum, apple, spice, white pepper, some hay, hint of oak wood - really not bad
    • Finish
      89 89
      Medium long, warm, fruity, vanilla, oak wood, not drying

  7. Drum scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    I liked it, at the beginning it was difficult for me to dissect individual notes, but over time it opened up to me. And it got better with every sip and developed a dangerous drinkability.
    • Nose
      In the beginning, the Glen Moray 21 presented itself quite reserved and shy. Then he came slowly and presented me with tart notes like berries and fresh plums and "senior soap", which is not meant in a negative way at all. Then came tobacco later, namely sweet pipe tobacco and a floral note of Indian Balsam.
    • Taste
      Liquid fruit salad! Oranges and berries shake hands. Then again floral slightly musty/dusty notes.
    • Finish
      Dry and yeasty with licorice and chocolate. A little later, the dryness changes to oiliness and a flowery soap remains.

  8. hzs275 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  9. bankimate scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  10. 33rdCASK scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  11. aspa scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    BLIND TASTING

    nose
    intense but very balanced nose, directly medium-strong sherry aromas and very well integrated alcohol. clearly on the tangy-tangy side, only a little sweet - oloroso barrel? Remember the Moroccan Spice Market I often smell at Glen Moray. Tobacco and old books, leather armchairs in the library, slightly dusty.
    A hint of mineral aromas and a bit of old wax and dark forest honey, but the sweetness holds back. It's also going in the direction of my favorite distillery, I wonder if someone wants to test me there. But the nose is not clear, it's just a little bit in that direction. Pine needles and then even more of these mineral-waxy aromas that slowly creep out of the glass. I'm slowly recognizing a tendency, owei that could be a nice embarrassment here :-D Some cinnamon is added and maybe clove with orange?

    taste
    Still very well integrated alcohol, but with strong aromas - the dry, tart and spicy sherry continues to dominate with the forest honey in the background and a slightly dirty mineral note. The rather deep alcohol shows up here, not because the dram is not powerful, but because it glides smoothly over the tongue. The recent and spicy forest honey would like to come more into the foreground. The tart sherry aromas from the nose are also there, tobacco leaves, cinnamon, old leather and still a little orange aroma with spices and, above all, cloves. Complex, I would guess an age over 20 years here. On the finish, more oak and light bitter substances that go along with the spicy sherry.

    Exit
    Long, warming but not burning, very pleasant. Spicy, tart, dry, dusty, slightly bitter and slightly waxy-mineral. Does a layer stick to your tongue, forest honey mixed with tobacco and cinnamon? Very tasty and very long-lasting!

    Conclusion
    An extremely delicious sherry malt, here I find everything I like in a sherry dram - and I'm on the verge of whether or not I should assign it to my distillery. It's definitely going in this direction, but it's not quite as strong as other Sherry Clynelishs that I love so much. What it is makes no difference either, the dram is extremely tasty!
    This bitter sherry and the slightly dirty, minerally one is just great!

    In the end, I type 24 years, oloroso sherry barrel. In the end I don't say Clynelish, but what it could be is extremely difficult to say. Something similar :-D I can hardly commit myself, I tend towards the Highlands, but with the sherry certain Speysiders can also taste like that, for example the aforementioned Glen Moray and others.
    Yes, that's a difficult dram to guess, but a great one to enjoy!

    N-92, T-92, F-91 for excellent 92 points
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  12. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Very rich nose, wood and red fruits, fig, plum, ripe apricot, but also pumpkin, salted butter caramel, crushed blueberries, white currants, blackberries, and some raspberries. Behind, cereals, barley, wheat, muesli, rich and moist soil. Very nice balance. The palate is very creamy, with a hint of vanilla, varnished wood, grenadine, molasses, a hint of lychee, quince, spices, paprika, turmeric, saffron. Here again, very rich and very varied. Nice finish, beefy, on wood and heather, cola, some floral reflections, a splash of lemon. Biscuit.

    https://ilikesky2020.blogspot.com/2021/11/glen-moray-21-yo-elgin-heritage.html
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  13. claymore84 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on 09-16-2021.

  14. 67conrad67 scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Smell: medium to full bouquet, clear on the fruity side, the wood is pleasantly restrained despite its advanced age, but amarena cherry, ripe plum notes, with aeration somewhat yellow-fruity, ripe pear, apple / cinnamon compote, vanilla in the base, really nicely balanced with precisely the finely dosed portion of woody spice that brings the fruity aromas of the whisky to the fore

    Taste: medium body, nice melting, fine fruit sweetness, perfectly integrated alcohol, milk chocolate, English orange jam with its inevitable bitter tail, plum in alcohol, medium to long finish

    Color: burnished gold tone, narrow water edge, clear

    Conclusion: Port Finish, that a really successful connection is made with the original Bourbon maturation - it's fun and shows once again why Glen Moray is always worth an "affair" outside of the standard range ...

  15. MasterMork scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  16. man2392 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Nose: baking spices, pastries, pain aux raisin, tobacco, dates and dark chocolate
    Palate: white grapes and melon. Very sweet- sugar mice
    Finish: golden caster sugar and black pepper, orange juice and tinned lychees
    Richer with water

    Tasted blind with the North East Whisky Appreciation Society and brand ambassador Ian Allen.

  17. Matthias80 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Soft, round whisky. Very well coordinated without missing notes.
    • Nose
      Raisins, a certain spice comes through (cinnamon?), Vanilla dominates. After a long sniff, I also find slight hints of heather, apple and pear
    • Taste
      Milk chocolate, cinnamon and raisins (perhaps more generally, dried fruit). A very mild whisky with a medium body. Vanilla and caramel are also clearly there.
    • Finish
      I find milk chocolate, raisins and a cinnamon spice consistent with the taste. In the end, the lovely beginning (caramel) becomes a little drier.

  18. LordBellamy scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    with water: add citrus fruits. He does not need water from my feeling

    Conclusion: Yummy, fresh coconut macaroon with strawberry topping. Successful finish, age of 21 gives the malt a certain maturity and depth
    • Nose
      89 89
      Red berries, strawberry, red grapes, vanilla, coconut macaroon, subtle mineral and barley notes, alcohol is very well integrated, the oak is strong, but not dominant, overall very round and harmonious
    • Taste
      88 88
      soft, warm, sweet, the port is not as strong as in the nose, vanilla, red fruits, oak and coconut
    • Finish
      88 88
      long, intense warming, red fruits, vanilla, oak, clove, nutmeg and a few coconut flakes

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