- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Bottling serie
- Distillery Edition
- Calculated age
- 22 years old
- Bourbon / Sherry Cask Finish
- Number of bottles
- 56.7 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Bottle code
- 25/04/17 170636
- Added on
- 07 May 2017 2:03 pm by Slamme
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Whisky Reviews for Glen Moray 1994 Sherry Cask Finish
14 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.17 points
- Underrated distillery in my opinion, and than the come up with stuff like this. Never let a chance go by when you get the chance to put your hands on bottles like these...
- Enjoying, remains a very good pendant. Understand why it was voted the best of the speyside at one of the various elections.
note was in 2x so one removed.
N: As ever, the fungal-sweet richness is ever-strong, a quality the Madeira does not share on the nose. With the sherry cask as boss, this is a nose that evolves in the glass, it multiplies, it flourishes, it proliferates.
T: This isn’t for the faint hearted, but comes rich with reward. There’s a proper punch here that fans of the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection will know all too well, and aptly/unusually I’m picking up quite some rye references tonight. Strong, oaky, fruity, fragrant juice continues to blast and flow through.
F: Bourbon-y fungal notes reveal this one’s true roots with vanilla rippling past.
C: Sure that cask dominates, but when it’s this good, why wish for
Scores a B+
- the 2018 world whisky awards rated this whisky 'best scotch speyside single cask single malt'
Disaster! After a long 18 months wait, a bottle from ‘that’ cask is delivered! After splitting the bottle three-ways, I unwittingly decanted 20cl into a bottle with a faulty cap. I tragically lost around 11cl to my rucksack as I cycled home with it that night. With glass half full thinking [literally], I desperately tried to extract the spilt juice from the rucksack. A total fail of course. I did however have the remaining 9cl. Here are my findings.
N&T: Sure it’s a blatantly sherry driven cask-centric number but I can’t help admiring the dunnage=fungal with a mycelium-like depth from the oak, the char element also playing it’s part in concocting this fabulous fusion of HD flavours. The char also brings a burnt caramel/molasses quality. After that it's time to focus on the sherry fruit factor. For some, the wood will be a little too much, but if you think you’d love dry-charred fruity/fungal sherried tea, you’re in for a treat. Saying all that however, there are times when I was reading this whisky as coming from a bourbon cask, having spent a few weeks with a very old bourbon grain whisky that perversely, displayed more action I associate with sherry than this. What I’m saying is, this seems to suggest bourbon cask[s] more than it ought. Could this then be a sherry finished bourbon-matured Glen Moray? I’ll never understand why the last used cask type takes all the credit.
F: The large tobacco/woody/dry rooibos tannins at the end are frankly ridiculous to the sublime. Who needs to smoke after this, with its significantly long sweet-tobacco finish and bourbon-fungal-dunnage magic at the death, everytime.
C: Nicely matured Moray, finished for the right amount of time in the right cask. The last words however go to Jo who said succinctly, “when I imagined what whisky should taste like, this is it. This is what all other whiskies are trying to be”.
N: Nods of approval and instant dad noises straight up. The fungal depth is as ever, immediately apparent and central to this malt’s whole appeal. The sherry element is so intertwined into the fabric of the ‘thing’. It’s like the whisky ran at the sherry cask at full speed, the two smashing together like two neutrinos acting out ‘the’ Baywatch beach scene. Serge never did give out that maltoporn number now did he? Let’s move on to some descriptors that take us beyond the cogs & sprockets, even though this malt really is centred around ‘that’ cask. The fruits, the fresher wood spice and the earthy vegetal sugars swirl around up & down, in & out,…. I’m going on already,… I’m going in already,….
T: Starts with rich & thick complex-sugary and a firm woody & fruity punch. Dries as it thickens a touch, shifting swiftly & nimbly through the gears. More bourbon associated notes (over sherry), with a waxy vanilla dunnage profile. Never tires of water which brings out the herbal=fruity tinctures and a sweet [roasted] fennel/allium character. Chew on for the tutti-fruity, vanilla=fruit candy. Carries on swiftly into the finish.
F: Deep fruity, dry ashy fungal, the fungal depth as I mentioned before - the heart of things. Then, sweet>fungal<ashy>>vegetal with a dry ashy conclusion. Intense waxy-dry finish on rooibos>deep tobacco & fungal-char, concluding with a heap of savoury-sweet ashy remnants at the death. Tricky to find a malt to follow it, given its enormity, breadth, OTT nature and self-believe. Who am I kidding, a Karuizawa would do it.
C: I can’t beat the succinctness of Jo’s quote but I sure adhere to her sentiment. Despite its bold & somewhat garish manner, there lies within a graceful, serendipitous complexity that is wholly unique to ‘that’ cask, ‘that’ spirit, ‘that’ vintage. One to savour and to guzzle in equal measure, and I’m the person for the job - not my rucksack!
Scores an A-