Glen Moray Mastery

Please take into account that these are my personal tasting notes and personal experience, as such you may interpret this whiskey differently from me.

Back in February I wrote an article about Glen Moray celebrating their 120th Anniversary Year (you can read it HERE). Awhile later I received a mystery package which to my surprise and delight contained a sample of Glen Moray Mastery. This is a showcase of what Glen Moray has to offer and in particular what Graham Coull – Distillery Manager & Master Distiller is capable of. It contains whisky from five different vintages including bourbon cask matured from the 1970’s, port finished whisky from the 1980’s, sherry casks from the 1990’s and Madeira from the 1990’s and 2000’s.

At 52.3% ABV and coming in at around the £800 mark this is a big departure from their usual offerings which you can pick up for around £20 – £25 in your local supermarket.

Colour:

Copper

Nose:

Sweet – brown sugar, chocolate, honey and vanilla. Fruity – dried fruit, in particular raisins. Oak, almond and a praline note. There’s also a definite sherry note there.

Palate:

Fruity – raisins, blackberries and a hint of orange. Sweet – chocolate. Sherry again as well as oak, coffee and cloves.

Finish:

Lots of sherry and raisins but again tempered by oak, nuts and cloves.

Overall:

A fantastic whisky full of depth and flavour. I thoroughly enjoyed this, particularly with the high ABV. The big question though is whether it’s £800 worth of fantastic whisky? In my opinion no! Now this is obviously a fantastic whisky but for me personally as soon as a whisky goes over £100 I really have to question whether it’s worth the money or not, particularly when there are some fantastic whiskies out there for well under that.

This isn’t a knock at Graham Coull has he’s done a fantastic job here, instead it’s more of a severely raised eyebrow at the pricing for this whisky. Even more so wheb you look at the pricing of their other bottles where you can even pick up a bottle of their 25 year old port cask finish for a fantastic price of £150. After getting this sample for free and all the recent “don’t be a seagull” stuff going on I wanted to try and be neutral as possible with this as I do believe getting something for free can influence your review of it, if for no other reason than wanting to be polite even about a rubbish gift. But literally the only thing I can say bad about this whisky is the price!

Notes:

Taken from Glen Moray Website:

COLOUR:

Rich Gold

NOSE:

An aroma explosion of sugar crusted rhubarb crumble, chocolate raisins and oak smoked toasted almonds.

TASTE:

A cocktail of roasted and toasted coffee beans, melted dark chocolate and sweet raisins infused with fortified wine. Rich, complex and completely well balanced.

FINISH:

Long and satisfying. Spice and oak come to the fore. One to savour and reflect on.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. admars32 says:

    It’s interesting to read about the price. I was going to treat myself to a 40 year old for my birthday, but really couldn’t justify the cost, not knowing if I’d like it, and not knowing if it really would be 100s of times better than what I usually drink 🙂 At Edinburgh airport, in Duty Free there’s a 35yo Royal Brackla £16,000, yes sixteen thousand pounds. Is it really that good? I spoke to the salesman there about it, asking if they sold many. He said, every few weeks, mostly to footballers, and Saudi businessmen. I wonder how many appreciate it, or if it’s just for bragging, or indeed if any do get drunk, and it’s just put in a vault as an investment 😦

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    1. I know pricing is tricky and the older the whisky the higher the cost as you have to store it for longer and you have to factor in the higher loss through the Angels Share over time. Older whisky doesn’t always equate to better whisky so there’s also a risk to distilleries that store whisky for longer looking to sell an older aged bottling.

      All that said I think in some cases they do put a higher price tag on bottlings with the intention of selling to footballers and businessmen etc who just want to show off to their friends.

      As you say I’m not willing to put a large amount down on something without knowing it’s worth the money before hand. The other issue there is that taste is subjective and even reading reviews like mine don’t tell you if you would like a whisky or not as what I might love you might hate. You cant buy samples for a lot whiskies now but then are you willing to even put £30+ down on a sample just to see if you like it or not?

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