Glen Moray - Twitter Tasting
A few weeks ago I was kindly invited to join a Twitter tasting of Glen Moray whiskies. I was delighted to have the opportunity to try a range of different cask finishes.
The Twitter tasting was organised and hosted by the lovely Steve Rush, (of @TheWhiskyWire and @TweetTastings fame). We were sent the samples a few days in advance and they certainly didn’t disappoint – they arrived neatly packaged and professionally branded. Glen Moray also kindly provided a very generous quantity of each sample, allowing us a full opportunity to properly nose, taste and experience their whiskies.
Glen Moray is a renowned Speyside distillery situated on the banks of the River Lossie, just outside one of Scotland’s oldest towns – Elgin. Last year the distillery celebrated its 120th anniversary.
The cask finishes we tasted were:
1998 PX Finish
2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Finish
2007 Port Finish
2007 Cider Finish
2010 Peated PX Finish
It was fantastic to taste such a diverse range of finishes and witness how versatile the standard whisky truly is.
The samples were selected by Glen Moray’s Distillery Manager and Master Distiller, Graham Coull. It was incredible to have Graham participating in the live tasting, ready to answer any questions. He was a delight to talk to and evidence his great enthusiasm for the world of whisky.
1. 2008 Cider Finish – ex-Thistly Cross Cider
Cask No. 99956
Aromas: Fresh, lifted perfumed grassy notes on the nose with deep hazelnut and a tiny touch of strawberry. Not as astringent as I was expecting which is good!
Palate: Cleansing and refreshing on the palate with notes of lemony grass.
2. 2007 Port Finish
Cask No. 2500
10 years old – 6 years in Bourbon cask, 4 years in Port
Aromas: Restrained gentle sweet smoky berries with a deep chocolatey earthiness and raisins underneath. A silky character and depth which is reminiscent of port.
Palate: A soft, smooth texture in a delicate style. Violets and milk chocolate with malt on the finish. A touch of butterscotch. Very well-integrated.
I love how the Port Finish tastes like its own product, rather than two separate ones combined. Perfectly integrated and balanced.
3. 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Finish
Cask No. 6002334
15 years, 1 month old – 9 months in a Cabernet Sauvignon cask from Bordeaux
Aromas: Instantly recognisable! Succulent, rich and ripe. Bursting with red berry fruit and soft chewy toffee. A soft floral tone appears in the background alongside sweet malt and oats. Enticing and delicious on the nose.
Palate: Silky with good weight and well-balanced alcohol. Fresh vibrant berries – the bramble and green stalk notes iconic of Cabernet Sauvignon leading to a more classical soft malt tone on the finish. Mashed oats, molasses and berries with a hint of orange peel.
4. 1998 PX Finish
Cask No. 99913
Aromas: Rich, deep and enticing aromas. Heady woody orange peel and cinnamon with spiced depth. Complex and layered. Sweet dark plums over the top.
Palate: Smooth – lighter on the palate than I expected. Plums and juicy bramble fruit with slightly smoked cedar wood underneath. Good richness.
5. 2010 Peated PX Finish
Cask No. 99917
6 years, 11 months old – 3 years, 4 months in PX
Aromas: Bold, but not aggressive. Full purple smoke and dried grass. Deep. Sweet and savoury at the same time. Complex. Evolving. Nuanced. I could just sit and smell this whisky all evening.
Palate: Rich, deep and inviting. Chewy peaty sweetness. Dark wood like an old forgotten ornate chest. Lacquer. Red berries underpin everything. Ongoing length…
I had a wonderful evening discussing the intricacies of Glen Moray whiskies, shared with some amazing fellow enthusiasts. The quality of the whiskies was outstanding – they were all so well-balanced and integrated. Brilliant, interesting examples.