Thanks to @scotchguy.to for sharing a dram of this with me.
So I’m at a whisky tasting. One where I have to be picky, because I have class the next morning, but I’m also drinking with a bunch of whisky nerds.
I choose a Glen Moray. Specifically Glen Moray 24 Duncan Taylor Dimensions. Others are less enthused about it. You see, as a group we’ve had an embarrassment of Glen Moray IB whiskies. But I was still interested. Never write off a distillery because you either had too many or haven’t enjoyed the ones you enjoyed.
So, what we have here is a 24 year Glen Moray aged in.. oak? Seriously label makers? Can someone please start writing down what we’re putting whisky into?
Moving on from my push to have me as the official person in charge of some whisky warehouses, it’s aged 24 years, and bottled at cask strength. But how does it taste? Was I right to choose this on a light night? Let’s see, shall we?
Price: N/A at the LCBO
Vintage: February 1988
Bottled: March 2012
Cask Type: Oak
Cask Number: 1,350
Number of bottles: 269
Colour: 7.5Y 9/6
Nose: Peach, honey, strawberry, banana, pastry
Stone fruit sameness goes onto more floral, and then expands into a bunch of fruit. This is a quintessential fruity dram nose. It’s missing something to pair with that, however some water brings out pastry/buttery notes, which helps quite a bit.
Taste: Cream, honey, ginger, cereal, lemon shortbread
Bit more here now. Nice complementary flavours, takes some time to come into it’s own. Spicy, some cereal to trick it out, don’t write this off after 15 minutes.
Water brings out that buttery, citrus-y flavour that I didn’t know I was missing. My animal brain goes nuts for shortbread, proving better than a DNA test that my family included someone from Scotland. Water and time are the keys here.
Finish: Ginger, lime, peach, shortbread, wood/cinnamon
Lighter finish. More of that shortbread, which… okay, maybe I should just go grab some shortbread and get it out of my mind.
On the one hand, it’s more of the simple fruit with some spice, which works. On the other, shortbread happiness. I like the finish.
Conclusion: Nice, fun Glen Moray. Nothing mind-blowing, but I like shortbread, so some bonus points. This isn’t going to blow anyone’s mind. It is going to be nice on a hot summer’s day, which given global warming and the fact that nothing substantial is being done about it, we need more of.
If you’re a fan of fruity drams, then this will do nicely. If you want more than shortbread then slap your mother because she did a bad job. I mean… maybe find another whisky and don’t assault your mother for my silly Norman Rockwell, age-old outdated beliefs on raising children.
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