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Glen Moray 21 Year Old Portwood Finish Review


29th October 2019
Review of the new Glen Moray 21 Year Old Portwood Finish which now sits at the top of the Speyside distillery's Heritage Collection range.

Glen Moray 21 Year Old Portwood Finish

Some of you may have been lucky enough to have tried one of a few different Glen Moray 25 Year Old Portwood Finish limited edition releases from the Speyside distillery around 6 or 7 years ago, they varied from good to outstanding in quality and were all the creative handiwork of Master Distiller Graham Coull.

Well in August just past the distillery added a new Glen Moray 21 Year Old Portwood Finish to its Elgin Heritage Collection range, once again the creative handiwork of Master Distiller Graham Coull, but this time it will be a permanent ongoing expression albeit with limited availability annually given its age and maturing stock levels.

As it turns out the new Glen Moray 21 Year Old Portwood Finish appears to be Master Distiller Graham Coull's parting contribution to the Glen Moray's heritage as he has recently moved on to pastures new and Glen Moray has yet to announce Graham's replacement.

Matured for around 19 years in American ex-Bourbon casks then finished for a further 2 years in Tawny Port casks imported from Portugal, a previously tried and tested formula from the distillery which previously saw the port casks impart a rich fruity impression on to the malty mature Glen Moray spirit.

The Glen Moray 21 Year Old Portwood Finish is bottled at 46.3%% ABV, it has an RRP of 125 although it is in The Whisky Exchange for 120 at the moment, you will find it available from other specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Shop and Master of Malt
 

Glen Moray 21 Year Old Portwood Finish Review


Bottled at 46.3% ABV.

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Gentle ripe raisins and just a little
sugared plum and orange blossom is intertwined with sweet malt and creamy vanilla caramel.

Taste:
Chewy toffee and a raisiny fruitiness leads, delicate vanilla oakiness and a lovely touch of cinnamon and ginger spicing things up a little, some late slightly zesty orange.

Finish: A deliciously sweet lingering raisiny fruity finish with a lovely vanilla caramel edge slowly fades to leave some gentle slightly drying oak spice.

Comment: The fruit element imparted by the port cask over its 2 year finish has made the deliciously smooth, clean, mature Glen Moray bourbon cask matured spirit a deliciously, juicy pleasure. Also great to see whiskies of this age getting bottled at this strength which undoubtedly adds to the flavour pleasure. With Christmas now on the horizon (I know this as you are tripping over the tubs of Cadburys Roses as soon as you walk into Tesco) if you are looking for a quality easy drinking dram for a special gift for a loved one or you just want to spoil yourself then this will not disappoint.

SMW Score 90/100
 

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