Glen Moray 18-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Elgin Heritage
Stated Age
18 years old
1st Fill American Oak Casks
47.2 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
22 Sep 2016 7:18 pm by Theli

Average value

€ 77.82

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Whisky Reviews for Glen Moray 18-year-old

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.36 points

  1. Moses scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    I still want to try all 18s. So it was Glen Moray's turn. I have to say, a light and fresh whisky. Still, the Glen Scotia15 is a better choice for me. I won't buy a second bottle. The sample is enough for me. But good craft.
    • Nose
      It starts with a subtle hint of smoke. The bourbon barrels are not dominant. Well done. And yet there is enough vanilla with peppery oak. The alcohol holds back wonderfully. Good start.
    • Taste
      Further peppery flavor in the mouth with a filling malt taste. Distillery character with balanced vanilla, seasoned with the choice of barrel. Very well chosen. Also no bitterness from the oak. The pleasant sweetness slowly passes into drying wood. Too bad.
    • Finish
      Medium to long and soft with sweet oak. But unfortunately a bit withdrawn in the experience. He walks without attracting attention. That's it, too bad. Conclusion: If this price remains, there will unfortunately be no reunion.

  2. Totoro scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Whiskies matured exclusively in first-fill Bourbon casks can be a bit vulgar in my experience, with an abundance of vanilla and intrusive tropical fruit notes. Glad to report this isn't the case here. The new(-ish) Glen Moray 18 is fresh and juicy without being over-the-top fruity, well-rounded without being bland, and it comes boasting a nicely measured cask influence that provides mature wood notes without turning overly oaky.

    I find that there's always something "dusty" about Glen Moray's distillate (think old books / libraries / time-worn wood-panelled offices), and while this impression is not exactly foregrounded here, it's still discernible, and beautifully merged with the effects of barrel aging.

    In other words: this is a modern 18-year-old that actually noses like its stated age but still provides some youthful energy, especially on the palate. An extremely juicy whisky, with a pronounced acidity that is held in check by the tartness of oak tannins and the aforementioned distillery character. It's 1) fresh and sparkly and 2) settled and mature, all at the same time.

    The finish, however, could be longer and better defined. It's also too peppery and - surprisingly, given the use of first-fill ex-Bourbon casks - too much on the sour/bitter side for my taste, which takes it down a notch.

    All in all, more of an apéritif and/or summer whisky. If you're looking for a Bourbon-cask-matured dram that still resonates after a long and many-flavored meal, you're better off opting for a bottle of, say, Glen Scotia 15. However, if you do occasionally enjoy the lighter and brighter side of things, this is a good choice. To be clear, this is not underpowered by any means, due to the increased ABV, but it is somewhat subtle. Value-for-money ratio is questionable, too.

  3. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    N: Gentle woody vanillin.
    T: Woody, assured.
    F: Thick woody finish with gentle liquorice.
    C: Like the 12yo, this is all-bourbon. Liking this over the 15yo may come down to your personal wood & cask preference, but both the 15 & the 18yo are equally as good.Scores a B-

  4. Noface83 scored this whisky 84 points Specialist

    Nose: malty and a lot of toffee, prominent oak with notes of soft curry and pepper, vanilla, grapefruit and a hint of smoke. The alcohol is much better integrated than the younger bottlings from the range.
    Taste: full and very spicy, lots of pepper and "snappy" oak, but also a strong sweetness - vanilla pudding doused with honey, the finish is medium in length and starts with the sweetness and ends with a dry and woody taste.
    Interesting nose, explosive and full kick but a bit tame and disappointing finish, a significant increase to the 15er but for the purchase it is probably not enough for me. If that is somewhere in the offer, I could still be weak.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      80 80

  5. Beaty-Tang scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    Personally, I really like the soft, sweet, fruity distillery character of Glen Moray. The extremely inexpensive Cask Finish NAS bottlings are really excellent in my opinion. So I was all the more curious to see how the whisky would develop with age. The age also brings a bit more complexity and the whisky has everything you can expect from an American Oak whisky: sweetness, vanilla, coconut. The 47.2% vol. give space to experiment a little with water. For me this is a nice, rock-solid whisky, but nothing more. From my point of view, the problem lies in the barrel selection. The generally gentle distillery character of Glen Moray just needs a little pep through the barrel. A cask finish would have enhanced this 18-year-old Glen Moray a bit. All in all, it's a great whisky, but in the end a bit too expensive.

  6. LeChiffre scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Not too complex on the nose but simply delicious. Also very nice in the mouth, if not very complex and therefore less exciting. The finish then goes in a primarily woody and slightly bitter direction, which is still ok. All in all, a beautiful candy barrel-ripened malt that delivers exactly these facets, but without being very upset. There are better malts for the price.
    • Nose
      85 85
      sweet; malty; lots of caramel and vanilla; some honey; subtle fresh wood
      - Not very complex but very tasty sweet nose
    • Taste
      85 85
      very cute; juicy; malty; Vanilla; Honey; pleasant peppery spice as a counterpoint to sweetness; Oak comes up
    • Finish
      83 83
      slightly dry; delicate sour and fruity notes; initially sparkling peppery kick; then bitter woody notes

  7. Rosebank88 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Wonderfully aromatic and complex. Nutty aromas, nuts, oak, cinnamon and a biscuit-like maltiness. Over time, spruce honey, wholegrain biscuits, cocoa and gold parmains and coconut blossom sugar follow.
      With water: nutty and oily. Winery, dried apricots, chocolate raisins and oak wonderfully put together.
    • Taste
      Very aromatic. Oak, nuts, malt, coconut sugar, cocoa, warming spices, golden parrots, some coconut and a dry florality. Really well put together.
      With water: wonderfully malty, pithy and nutty. Many fine spices, oak, leather and hay and mint.
    • Finish
      Long, pithy and quite bourbon-like.

  8. Helgo scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  9. vb_bembel did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Aroma: oak notes, buttery toffee and caramel. In addition, the hint of smoke. Taste: Complex and full-bodied on the tongue. A heavy sweetness of heather honey and vanilla. Then spicy oak tones up to charred wood. Finish: Long-lasting and soft with sweet oak. Color: ocher (M5). Glen Moray's 18-year-old raises the Glen Moray distillery's standard lineup in fall 2016, bringing more age against all trends. The Glen Moray 16 years will be replaced until further notice. The storage took place for the complete maturing time in First-Fill Ex-Bourbon barrels from American white oak. This creates deep oak tones that are almost reminiscent of a sherry storage, toffee and even the impression of light smoke. In the taste there is a balance between vanilla and the seasoning of the barrel. Well done and a real asset to the selection of the distillery. The Glen Moray is bottled for 18 years, not cool filtered, with 47.2% vol. Notes from whiskyzone.de


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