Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Sherry, Madeira and Port Casks
Number of bottles
52.3 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
120th Anniversary
Added on
09 Jul 2017 11:48 am by holborndrinker
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 857.30

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22 × member ratings

24 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glen Moray Mastery

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.74 points

  1. Macheye scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    I initially had Glen Moray Mastery pegged as a very solid 88 – but, on quite a lot of reflection and analysis, it’s better than that. Both resting and dilution are fairly transformative here and I found them to benefit the clarity of the delivery, whilst keeping the shape, weight and balance of whisky. Exceedingly classy stuff. Alas, class rarely comes cheaply, and when you add notions of ‘oldest stock’ and ‘special anniversaries’ you have a recipe for some expensive whisky – and this is an expensive whisky at over £800 a bottle. Quite how this proposition feels to the market, given Glen Moray’s common perception of good value is hard to gauge – it’s certainly an enormous jump from the rest of the distillery’s bottlings – even the current longer ages expressions. I’m not sure that many existing Glen Moray fans are operating in a similar country let alone ballpark. Nevertheless, Mastery is quite quite lovely and a testament to the skill of its maker.

    • Nose
      Sweet with fruit and spice forward. Highly inviting, but certainly complicated – this takes a little unpicking. Immediate beeswax with pronounced fruitiness – spiced apples, apricots and reduced berries (after some resting, more tropical fruit becomes discernible). Strawberries are a particular emphasis on initial nosing – the port cask influence quite possible. Rather malty, though bright and golden rather than heavy and brown – with a touch of both furniture polish and dusty dunnage. Lightness is delivered though candied citrus peels and icing sugar/sherbet – as times is seems a touch mineral. Deeper aromas are arguably more sherry-led – milk chocolate, boozy fruit cake, raisins. Slightly chimera like – even more resting provides touches of smoke – cask char and burnt oats. Water adds some fruity confectionery - pear drops, whilst also just a hint of buttery biscuit (base).
    • Taste
      Silky and viscous with an initial delivery of old oak, reduced fruits and perky spicing. Apricots lead off, supported by spiced orange marmalade and a slightly winey flavour which commences tart and white grape-like, but transforms in the mouth taking on characteristics of red grape skins – thus, more strawberry is gradually emphasised. Toasted bread and burnt biscuit dough provide deeper malty flavours and joined by well-judged spiciness – cinnamon and white pepper. The addition of water further emphasises the malty character – Ovaltine, with slight hint of meat extract. It also changes the spice balance, reducing prickliness with both nutmeg and allspice.
    • Finish
      Long, still quite malty and with both pepper and zesty citrus fading nicely. A slight touch of earthiness can be detected towards the very end – wet soils and dunnage once more. Water has an effect on the finish, keeping the overall length, but reducing spicing and adding further dryness.

  2. wbarchive_336582 scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Malthead 85 points:

  3. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Interesting whisky with many facets. It's fun to drink and there's a lot to discover. Too bad that I only had 2cl.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Sherry, beeswax, slightly floral, red fruit, some milk chocolate with a breeze of cinnamon, after he could breathe something other fruit come through, such as passion fruit, sweet and tropical, even unripe banana, behind it a bit harsh espresso, slightly nutty, very complex and complex
      with water it becomes creamier, now also clearly vanilla
    • Taste
      91 91
      oily and intense, roasted aromas, a potpourri of fears, passion fruit stands out briefly, now darker fruits, accompanied by bitter oak, espresso, the chocolate is now bittersweet, the need in the beginning a bit until the flavors against the high alcohol content can prevail
      also in the mouth with creamy water, vanilla, now holds like an ex-bourbon whisky, then with a little delay the slightly sour fruits come back to it, interesting change with water, with water you go directly and the alcohol holds back
    • Finish
      89 89
      Tart, slightly nutty, some wood, but somehow creamy, more yellow than red fruit

  4. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A commemorative 120th anniversary bottling consisting of 2 sherry casks, 1 bourbon, 1 port and a Madeira cask, all vintages from five different decades. More on ‘that’ Madeira cask later.

    N: A fungal depth strikes first followed by a dominant straight-bourbon influence. Aside from the bourbon cask, the other cask effects are more subtle and intricate. With only hints of [sherry] fruits emerging at first, it’s mainly that bourbon-y fungal/dunnage-y/bung cloth profile that leads – Tomintoul-esque, old-skool and vibrant.

    T: It’s on the palate where we really get to enjoy the fruits of the other cask influences – a convoluted fruity>spicy mix and with plenty more sweet fungal. Some cancelling out from the casks is observed, such is the nature of these things, but it’s a fine mix. A number of advantageous changes occur with water.

    F: Lots more [malty-rich] raisins continue on from the palate, finishing resinous-fresh with some metallic notes and a sweet-sour conclusion.

    C: An involved blend with a fine result, one that needs an explorer’s thirst. With thanks as ever to Iain. Well worth reading a super review of this expression by The Dramble [below].

    Scores a B+

  5. avansele scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      93 93


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