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Glen Moray 2001 SMWS 35.168

Overall rating
Single Malt
Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)
Bottling serie
Essence of BFG
Stated Age
15 years old
Virgin Toasted French Oak Butt
Number of bottles
60.4 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
28 Oct 2016 12:45 pm by John Barleycorn
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 88,02

4 × in wishlist

19 × member ratings

30 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glen Moray 2001 SMWS 35.168

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.82 points

  1. dramspotter scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    I was comparing this to a VO finished 72.51; what we will call VO (shoe polish - I am trying to avoid using sappy every time) is way too prominent here, because there is less to latch onto to distract, it rather takes hold of your attention like an unwelcome guest and would overstay its welcome over a whole bottle. However, in small doses it is a pleasing shock to the system.

    On previous sampling of this whisky, I have also found myself tiring of it and happy that I don't have a bottle to get through as it would take a long time.

    If I was a betting person I reckon that previous to the VO, this was a pretty unexceptional refill sherry Glen Moray. The VO certainly has boosted it but too much. I have liked Virgin Oak in other bottles where there are other aromas and tastes that don't have to fight too much for your attention. It just doesn't seem to be the case here.
    • Nose
      something of the refill sherry tang
    • Taste
      sweet but then wow! What is that bitter note - yes it seems like that winey boot polish again
      of VO
    • Finish
      medium; that effect that we will call the VO (bitter shoe polish) is not as overt as it can be but the backdrop of the rest of the whisky is much less significant so it really stands out more.

  2. RichardMayston scored this whisky 59 points Expert Senior

    Nope, virgin oak is to be avoided 
    • Nose
      Has quite a Sherry colour, and yet it is virgin oak 

      Very nice sherry nose, which again is odd. 
    • Taste
      Here is where it falls apart, a plastic note that maybe is dry ginger cake, but I'm not a fan. Virgin oak fail yet again. Avoid. 
    • Finish
      Bad plastic, dry ginger cake. 

  3. Tauti scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Oak, caramelized honey, bergamot / orange, chilli, floral, cloves
    • Taste
      full-bodied, first closed then he strikes with orange caramel, honey, blackberries and flowers. Was there some sulfur?
    • Finish
      Warm, tingling light and long

  4. Helgo scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  5. Fernet Branco scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Another fantastic SMWS Glen Moray. Take an "unsuccessful" Sherry-Cask Whisky and put it for filtration purposes in an "Virgin Heavy Toast Medium Char Oak Butt". The result is stunning. Glen Moray is having some of the most interesting bottlings at the moment - from my opinion. Here is a combination of Sherry and fresh oak. And it is a very pleasing Whisky. Hope you get a dram!!
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  6. John Barleycorn did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    SMWS Tasting Notes

    Colour: Deep gold

    Flavour Profile: Deep, rich & dried fruits

    An unstraightforward, extrausual nose – we, the no-flannel
    panel, found oodles of tastylacious toffeenesses, essence of BFG (black forest
    gâteau), prunes, Madeira-madearie, tobacco threads and polished pipes. The
    gob-smack was gob-smackingly impactful and chewy as a Wookie’s teazle – maple
    candies, cinder toffee, cherries in syrup, leather and spice. The
    water-weakened nose had well-stroked razor-stroppers, fine-and-fancy fumadors,
    orange peel, lickerish liquorice and pink and dandy candy floss – tip-top
    snifferoos. The taste was now all fig jam and Jaffa, Jamaicy ginga caky, juicy
    pear-belly Helene and sugar-coated fennel seeds. A crodscollop dram to drain
    hum-drum tedium from the dullest day – gloriumptious, phizz-whizzing and

    Drinking Tip: A lip-smackering accompaniser to reading Roald


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