Glen Moray 12yr SMWS 35.108

Glen Moray 12yr SMWS 35.108

Glen Grant 12yr SMWS 35.108

Mashtun notes:

Where do we start with this dram! The nose had a touch of Christmas about it with sherry, fruit cake, toffee, baked apples, and cream. The palate had spicy apple pie, cognac, oranges, dark chocolate, and cherries. It was unbelievably smooth for something just over 60% abv.  The finish was warm, sweet, and full of Christmas spices and malt. It had a fantastic golden bronze colour and a creamy syrupy texture. Letting this dram breathe developed the nose by bringing out forest fruits and maple syrup. Adding water shortens the finish but releases fruity flavours and malt on the nose. It also brings out black forest gateau on the palate and a hint of dark chocolate and coffee on the finish.

With its spices, fruit, and sherry this would be a fantastic Christmas dram. It might be a little too sherried for some people but not for us!

Overall MashTun Score = 77/100

Glen Moray 12yr SMWS 35.108

SMWS name: A feast of flavours.

A bountiful dram bursting with chestnut puree on granary toast with a mug of Horlicks. Roasted meats with lashings of red currant jelly and onion marmalade. Brandy snaps singed at the edges and golden syrup flapjack. A shot of expresso to finish.

Notes: 60.5% ABV – SMWS 12 year old Glen Moray. First fill sherry butt. 609 bottles produced and £65 per bottle at time of tasting.

Glen Moray 12yr SMWS 35.108

Nose:

Sherry, Christmas cake with cream, and treacle toffee

Palate:

Sherry, treacle toffee, cherries, warm mince meat pies, and dark chocolate. Extremely smooth for something that is around 60%

Finish:

Warm, sweet, and full of Christmas spices! Medium to long on length

Colour:

Bronzed gold

Texture:

Thick and creamy

Air:

Brings out forest fruits on the nose

Water:

Brings out black forest gateau on the palate and slightly shortens the finish. It holds the palate flavours really well and adds a hint of dark chocolate and coffee

Overall score and comments:

77/100 – One for lovers of sherry cask whiskies. It could be a little too sherried for some but I love it!

Glen Moray 12yr SMWS 35.108

Nose:

Difficult to pick out individual notes through the intense sherry flavours. Hints of baked apples and double cream

Palate:

Apple pie, cognac, cinnamon

Finish:

Slightly spicy aftertaste, made me think of a red wine stew

Colour:

Golden Bronze

Texture:

Syrupy smooth mouthfeel. Full-bodied

Air:

The nose develops with air

Water:

Water releases light fruit flavours and malt on the nose and palate

Overall score and comments:

75/100 – Lovely sherry flavours but not as overpowering as I expected from a 1st fill (in a good way).

Glen Moray 12yr SMWS 35.108

Nose:

Cream, a little bit of fruit toffee and spent matches, polish

Palate:

Spicy and peppery, orange peel and malt, and timber

Finish:

Fairly long malty finish with a burn at the end

Colour:

Golden

Texture:

Medium

Air:

Brings out a little maple syrup on the nose

Water:

Dramatically reduces the alcohol feel on the palate

Overall score and comments:

78/100 - I’m really liking this dram (especially when a little water was added). Not simple or complex, just a good balance of flavours that has a nice timber note on the palate.

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