Last months SMWS Glen Moray was such a cracker apparently, it was all gone before i got to try it so I thought id get in there early this time.
N: Following on from the oaky Rothes theatrics WB, this is equally woody at the start and also a 24yo in a [2nd] refill cask. There’s far more honey to this one and a general sweetness also. Water brings more bourbon-honey-vanilla sweetness but with the mash & oak at loggerheads. With time, a sweet dark-tomato<meatiness develops with a boozy cream note - buttery, hinting at brandy butter. An hour later and i’m picking up rum notes of Velier proportions. Two hours in and we have more of a nutty, oily, rum number, still pokey but far more cereal based than when this bottle was first opened with a clear lemon strain running though the heart.
T: Another big cask hit, more fizz, more fruits and again more [wine-like] tannins. Pour in water for a far more consolidated form and the emergence of bitter-sweet fruits, albeit a little reluctant. Dark malt-mash develops, chewy at first before fizzing and whizzing into the finish. Thirty minutes later, water added - form is better, length is better although that fizz wont be deterred completely. After two hours the fizz has subsided significantly. The arrival then sees sweetcorn initially and for those that love a deep oak-mash chew, this will be right up your street. There are fruits drowning in the porridge bowl, so grab your spoon quick and pick them out. It’s a heavy bowl with a thick, concentrated body.
F: It's desperately trying to turn to cherry chocolate liqueur but cant quite escape the fizzy oak. Pouring in the water brings a vanilla cream spread over the staves, seasoned with clove. It eventually settles with sweeter=sour zestiness, but the dark, oak-mash that remains bubbles away in the background. Two hours later, there’s still some fizz but a solid continuation just like the nose. It’s fizzy oaky vanilla-mash all the way now. I really feel this at the back of the tongue such is the bitter-sour depth, although there is some sweetness.
C: It's no easy dram but give it lots of time, time for the fizziness to subside in order to appreciate the qualities. Let’s continue with these older Glen’s WB.
Scores a C+