Reviewed by: Nick
As an out and proud fan of Glen Moray distillery and a waffler known to be partial to a little port matured whisky, the Glen Moray Port Cask Finish sounded like the perfect dram for me. Combining the sweet elegant Speyside flavour with a rich wine-infused layer – what could possibly go wrong? As it turns out: quite a lot.
Upon its arrival at my door, I eagerly whipped the bottle out of its box and was greeted with the most peculiarly coloured whisky I had ever seen. I’ve observed variations of the (hilariously unintentionally poetic) “burnt crimson” theme before, but this whisky was – and there’s no more accurate description – orange. It was the kind of radioactive-peach hue normally reserved for fake tan. Alarm bells were ringing – but I didn’t want to fall into the trap of judging a book by its colour. There was only one thing to it – I had to try some.
After the first sniff it was clear that I was not trying a regular Speysider here. There was a lot of fruit – by which I mean a veritable orchard’s worth – and it was overripe, perhaps on the turn and ready for the compost heap. There were some bitter dark chocolate notes as well as equally bitter notes of wet grass. All in all, it was… shall we say memorable.
Surely the palate would be an improvement. And it was, albeit slightly. It was sweet and sticky with strong winey notes combining to form something reminiscent of strawberry jam. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some strawberry jam. Just this particular fruit spread was more Woolworths brand rather than homemade by my Grandma. The sweetness was more of a sugar syrup than a caramel and the vanilla more essence than extract. The finish started strongly with some nice blackberry flavours but descended into a rough spicy alcohol burn, surely a product of its youthful non-age statement nature.
I did not love this whisky nearly as much as I expected. All things considered it was more than a little, well, rubbish. However, I can’t say I’m unhappy that I bought it. Scotland is hugely diverse in its drams and this is as far removed from an elegant Speyside drop as an Islay peat monster. Unfortunately in this case – the differences are not for the better.
Yeah – I wasn’t a big fan of this one. Strange, as a lot of the bloggers/reviewers (including some good friends of mine) that got sent a full bottle free to review all raved about it – yet anyone who bought one mostly found it a bit crap – funny that eh? I guess the bitterness from paying hard-earned cash for this one really shines through in the palate! ;-D
Ha ha, you make a very good point. While I probably only spent 50 bucks on this one, the 12 Year Old would have cost me the same and I would’ve enjoyed it a whole lot more.
Cheers for the comment.
Keep on waffling,
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What can you really expect a $50 bottle of single malt to taste good I find glen grant harsh at the best of times
You’re not wrong. Though the 12 year old has a certain charm which is certainly lacking in this bottle.
Keep on waffling,
I paid $22.00 US for my bottle and was pleasantly surprise at how smooth the whiskey was. I am personally not a fan of the heavily charcoal or peat bog flavored scotch whiskeys so this particular brand was right up my alley and has become my everyday sipping whiskey. Like they say opinions are like _ _ _ holes and everyone has one.
Oh yeah, certainly good value. But their 12, 16, Chardonnay cask, and even their standard release are a lot tastier than this – again in my opinion. But I’m glad someone out there enjoys this one!
Keep on waffling,