Glen Moray 1996 HL

Overall rating
87.67/100
votes
20
Whiskybase ID
WB176145
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Hunter Laing (HL)
Bottling serie
The Old Malt Cask
Vintage
02.1996
Bottled
12.2020
Stated Age
24 years old
Casktype
Refill Barrel
Casknumber
HL 18200
Number of bottles
185
Strength
50.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
06 feb 2021 12:27 pm by Astrid
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 121.26

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Whisky reviews for Glen Moray 1996 HL

4 users have left 4 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.67 points.

  1. Totoro scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    You really notice that this was a barrel and not a larger cask, as the oak dominates the other aspects. A malt for wood fetishists who like a sense of advanced age but don't necessarily need a lot of fruitiness.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Brown sugar, dusty attic, carpenter's workshop, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, cardboard, and perhaps a faint idea of overripe orange. Pleasant enough, but the wood really swallows up the fruits and makes it super spicy, dry and dusty.
    • Taste
      87 87
      There's still enough juiciness in the distillate to keep it lively on the tongue, and the mouthfeel is excellent: oily and rich. Yet the oak can never be staved off (haha) for long, and returns with a vengeance in the finish.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Boatloads of oak spice and caramelized sugar. Getting progressively more tart while never turning outright bitter; there's always enough ex-bourbon sweetness to balance it out.

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  3. Killswitch scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  4. Glenrothes1973 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  5. Casketje scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Ahh old bourbon matured Speysiders - they hardly ever disappoint, and neither does this one.

    Granted, I like them a bit fruitier (hence the 88) but the quality is definitely there. It's very much on the bourbon and wood spice side of the spectrum, but like Totoro says: it still has plenty of sweetness and distillery character left to counteract the wood. Only in the aftertaste can you start understandig why they bottled it when they did - had they left it for another (couple of) year(s) it would've started becoming bitter. Good drinking strength too, and it still tolerates quite a lot of water as well (Scottish mist alert!).

    I was on the fence for this one for a while and couldn't locate a sample but seeing as we are in a time where they don't hesitate to charge €100 for one of these dark sherry finished infant malts, I'm glad I paid only €10 more for this nearly 25 year old.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

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