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18 Jan 2012

Glen Moray 1973 (Perfect Dram)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Glen Moray

Glen Moray is often overlooked and as far as I know this 36 years old Glen Moray 1973, bottled in 2010, was a one-off for The Whisky Agency as well.

Duncan Taylor had a few similar releases (cask range #70xx), it wouldn’t surprise me if they were related.

 

Glen Moray 1973 Perfect DramGlen Moray 36 yo 1973 (53,1%,
The Whisky Agency ‘Perfect Dram’ 2010,
joint bottling with Three Rivers Tokyo,
bourbon hogshead, 301 btl.)

Nose: stewed fruits (apricots, prunes) with tropical touches (mango, melon, coconut). A lot of vanilla and oak, or rather oak polish, which gives this one a bit of a bourbon profile, maybe even a Japanese oak character. Beehive notes (honey, wax) and spices (cinnamon, mint). Mouth: again oaky with bags of spices (cinnamon, vanilla, pepper, nutmeg). Fruity notes like plums and oranges. Hints of coconut and pineapple. Sweet malt. Some leathery touches. Finish: long and vibrant with oranges and spices.

A little water takes away the harshness of the oak and releases its full potential of nice fruits, wax and spices. A nice surprise with a slightly exotic character.
Around € 170, but we’re too late now…

Score: 90/100

Glen Moray 1973 (Perfect Dram) 4 Ruben Luyten 2012-01-18
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  • http://sjoerd972.wordpress.com Sjoerd de Haan

    Sounds like a tasty dram to me! I am liking the releases of these old Glen Morays more and more. The few I tasted from the SMWS were not too shabby either!

  • http://www.whiskynotes.be Ruben

    True, during the tasting we had the same conclusion: most Glen Morays are really worth a try.

  • MARS

    I like a lot glen moray. The 16 years old OB is not a bad one too (but far to be as good as this one).
    Sadly, didn’t have a bottle of this one.
    I can’t buy everything. :-(

  • http://tmc.marccastermans.be Marc Castermans

    Ah Ruben, nice of you to wait 2 days before reviewing this ;-)

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