SMWS Glen Moray 17yr (Distillery 35)

SMWS Glen Moray 17yr

SMWS_GlenMoray

Mashtun notes:

This dram actually split the panel with 2 of us loving it and one finding it average. On the nose we got vanilla, cream, cut grass, and Parma violets. The palate had a slight initial burn and then went from sweet to bitter with citrus in the middle. The finish was medium and had hints of orange and liquorice. This dram had a fantastic golden colour and thick velvety texture. Air mellowed this whisky and brought out floral notes, however, one of the panel found it lost its magic the longer it sat. For a cask strength this is very easy to drink, however; adding a little water did bring out sweet floral notes on the palate and nose. As much as this divided us (one panel member thinking it lacked inspiration) it still managed to get a 70. A good well balanced Speyside offering from the SMWS but not a stand out like their usual offerings.

Overall Mash Tun Score = 70

SMWS Glen Moray 17yr

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SMWS Glen Moray 17yr

Nose:

Vanilla, cream, caramel, and floral notes

Palate:

Slight burn and then floral notes and a sweet creamy citrus flavour

Finish:

Liquorice

Colour:

Golden

Texture:

Thick and creamy

Air:

Mellows every aspect of this dram

Water:

Makes slightly tangy and then sweetens. It also brings out sweet floral notes on the palate and lavender on the nose

Overall score and comments:

77/100 – A simply fantastic dram from the SMWS, AGAIN!

SMWS Glen Moray 17yr

Nose:

Wild grass, nosing this made me think of the remote outdoors, later red fruits, especially strawberries, white chocolate, pine, vanilla, sawdust and oak

Palate:

A touch of Bourbon, a little sweet, otherwise well-balanced

Finish:

Medium-length, lingering nuttiness

Colour:

Gold

Texture:

Velvety, light

Air:

I didn’t notice much development with air and water, if anything it lost its magic with air

Water:

Didn’t add any

Overall score and comments:

62/100 – this has all the typical hallmarks of a Speyside but it lacks inspiration. Hard to fault but also hard to praise

SMWS Glen Moray 17yr

Nose:

Vanilla, spices, and Parma violets

Palate:

Sweet and then slightly bitter

Finish:

Sour with an orange tinge

Colour:

Gold

Texture:

Thick

Air:

Brings out that ‘society nose’ that I love. Also brings out floral notes

Water:

It took a while for me to get round to it!

Overall score and comments:

72/100 – I do really like a society dram!

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