Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Valinch & Mallet (V&M)
Bottling serie
The Young Masters Edition
Stated Age
11 years old
Number of bottles
53.4 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
13 Jul 2020 9:48 pm by Noface83
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 81.46

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Whisky Reviews for Glen Moray 11-year-old V&M

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.38 points

  1. Noface83 scored this whisky 88 points Specialist

    Uih was a strange Moray. The expectations were very high - I'm a big Moray fan and Manzanilla sherry is also my favorite wine. Could he meet expectations - YES! but different than expected. Find the really cool but also mega strange - never had a whisky where Umeboshi shot me in the head first and anyone who has eaten it can understand that you have to get used to it.
    Playing with water is worth it - taste and finish benefit - nose less. However, it loses some of its funky character. So be careful with water!
    • Nose
      86 86
      Sweet and sour with plum fruit and a pinch of salt (umeboshi), sweet malt, a hint of hazelnut, lime, a bit of old wood (old barrel staves), alcohol is noticeable but not disturbing.
      What a sour plum ^^
      Water makes him tamer but unfortunately also more boring on the nose.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Creamy and slightly tingling, only vanilla and malt then comes more and more a hint of olive and nutty oloroso sherry and then comes full force of salt and mineral dryness. A somewhat meaty note is added (Umami) but compared to many others with a similar note, the Moray remains sulfur-free here. The plum is also back, but the acidity only becomes more evident in the finish.
      Water makes it fruity and sweeter, softens the acidity - but becomes woodier (but pleasant)
    • Finish
      88 88
      The finish is medium to long. First this Oloroso and Umami note again, then becoming sour with salt and plum jam. Very dry with a slight bitterness towards the back.
      Water makes the finish more pleasing and there is more malt sweetness - combined with the salty manzanilla notes and the pleasant oak transforms it into a really smooth drop. Also have the feeling of leaving longer with water.

  2. redlightsflash89 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Wow this is really good, but also super weird. I really love everything about this whisky, but friends of mine can't stand it because of that weird umami/soysauce note.

    I'm really surprised about all the positive reviews here because I think this is really polarizing.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Very intense nose, starts with lovely vanilla, a bit of a sting of alcohol, followed by slight sherry sweetness lime sourness cherries apricots and... oysters? This only gives way to all the weirdness this whisky has in it.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Lovely it again starts very sweet with vanilla and sour cherries at the forefront followed by nuts and... green olives? This the gives way to a strong saltiness and very oceanic notes, again could be oysterwater, this is confirmed by, and I kid you not soysauce/fishsauce and umami. This could be the base for ramen noodles haha.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Confirms the taste and is quite long. Again theres vanilla and sherry sweetness with sour cherries and this is again followed by a very strong salt and fish note with minerals. Like licking a salt stone, and again a lot of soy/fish sauce. This is so exciting.

  3. hawk31 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    I like this extraordinary Moray very much! With Manzanilla I sometimes have my doubts but the Glen Moray convinces me. Probably also because of the distillery character that matches the barrel. I like it much better than the Tobermory 12 Manzanilla finish.

    Nose: An overripe peach meets grapefruit, a little dirt and a nice saltiness. The alcohol tickles the nose slightly. He's already bringing a lot of wood. It already smells dry. A decent malt note, sugar syrup, caramel, a touch of herbs with a nice earthiness, again salt and a subtle nut note.

    Taste: Very smooth and oily. I would not have expected now. On the palate it looks much older than the 11 years. It becomes very sweet with an interplay of umami, salt, acid, oak and chocolate. The sweetness / acidity reminds a bit of sour gummy bears. I'm not diluting. I don't want to miss a percentage with the nice mouthfeel and taste.

    Finish: The aromas continue in the medium-long finish. The mixture of sweet, sour and salty is also really fun here. With the second sip it also gets significantly drier, with plenty of oak and chocolate.

  4. Noface83 scored this whisky 88 points Specialist

    According to a facebook post from Valinch & Mallet this Glen Moray is a 2008 Vintage but it isn't stated on the bottle.

    post from the bottler :
    "Glen Moray 11 yo
    Fresh Manzanilla (that’s right, Manzanilla, how cool is that?) Cask from Bodegas Herederos de Argüeso
    A 50 yo sherry cask from the bodegas that won in 2017 the award for best Manzanilla Sherry! 53.4% - 2008 -2020
    Salty, peppery, umami rich and fruity: an explosion!"

  5. MaltyMillionaire scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Dark honey, red fruit, grape juice, sour fruit, sweet wine, peach. Rich, perfumed nose.
    • Taste
      Sweet rich arrival. Dark honey, vanilla, red fruit, sweet spice, yellow fruit. Drying and sweet.
    • Finish
      Long, with dark honey sweetness and spice.

  6. Big_O scored this whisky 72 points Member Senior

    Fun to try a Manzanilla cask style but would rather stick with traditional sherry as the nutty notes are not my style.

    Found it really needed water to taste even slightly deep.
    • Nose
      Super nutty, lots of almonds and walnuts with a light oakyness as well.
    • Taste
      Dry sweetness with a strong almond flavour
    • Finish
      Dry and medium with a peachy nuttyness.

  7. TheMbG scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
      Fruity, sherry, honey, soft perfume
    • Taste
      85 85
      spicy evolution, light sherry touch, caramel at the end
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium length, spicy nutty flavor (Manzanilla is noticeable)

  8. anonymerlemur scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    Really nice. Something that you rarely get: a whisky with clear recognition features. And that's not what makes the whisky so good, but the taste itself. I know that these aromas may not suit everyone, but in my opinion a fantastic dram.
    It is also really complex, which is why it will have to be tasted very often. This means that this review can by no means be regarded as complete.
    Color: copper
    • Nose
      91 91
      Really salty, soy sauce, vinegar, wood, butter, panna cotta and liquorice.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Peppery and creamy in the mouth, almost like pudding. Taste notes: soy sauce, wood, very light smoke from the barrel, generally Asian food and leaves a salty impression but not maritime.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Salt and vinegar

  9. Dieter_W scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    The nose is awesome. Sweet - sour and fruity. Plum, ginger and pepper.
    Carry on like that on your tongue just with more nuts. The alcohol can also be felt.
    Nice meaty Glen Moray
    Thanks to Noface83 for the sample


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