We had an excellent sherry finished Glen Moray 1994 distillery exclusive not so long ago. It was one of these hybrid American oak-style whiskies. Today’s dram may seem similar on paper, but it turns out it is totally different. Glen Moray 1996 from the recent Chinese Mask series by Sansibar.
Glen Moray 20 yo 1996
(49,2%, Sansibar ‘Chinese Mask’ 2016, sherry butt, 310 btl.)
Nose: gardening gloves and new sneakers. Very rubbery. Hints of freshly printed newspaper. There’s a peppery note underneath, as well as some sweet grapes and lemon candy.
Mouth: starts on ground coffee beans, mixed with herbal notes (Ricola). Still these rubbery notes that are kinda difficult to filter out once you’re focused on them. Hints of walnuts.
Finish: long, dry, nutty, with plenty of leafy notes.
I’m guessing something may have happened while selecting or bottling this whisky. If not, then this is one of the most uncommon choices from this trustworthy bottler. Around € 195, although we’ve seen lower prices in Holland.