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Glen Moray Mastery Review

7th July 2017
Review of the Glen Moray Mastery released to mark the distillery's 120th anniversary.

Glen Moray Mastery 120th Annersary limited edition whisky.Created to mark the distillery's 120th Anniversary, the Glen Moray Mastery is the handy work of Glen Moray's Master Distiller Graham Coull.

Graham selected five different vintages of Glen Moray to create Mastery, three of the five vintages used were laid down by Graham's Glen Moray forefathers, Robert Brown (manager from 1959-1987) and Edwin Dodson (manager from 1987-2005). Two of Graham's own vintages are in there too.

Graham experimented to find the ultimate composition, using whisky matured in different fortified wine casks (sherry, Madeira and port), the result is the Glen Moray Mastery 120th Anniversary release.

Graham commented on the Mastery, saying: "The Madeira casks that weve chosen to form the heart of the whisky relate back to the genuine traditions of Glen Moray experimenting with different, innovative techniques in maturation. Its me putting a twist on the spirit that was made by previous generations of master distillers.

"I wanted to bring in something from 1978, some of the oldest whisky in the warehouses, that represented whisky made by Robert Brown, the 3rd generation of Master Distiller, who was at the helm of Glen Moray from 1959 until 1987 as well as casks filled in the 80's and 90's by my predecessor, Ed Dodson. Weve intertwined these with whisky that has spent its full term in first-fill sherry casks and also a proportion that has been finished in port, to develop the layers of complexity in the overall bottling. The port finished whisky brings a little lightness, which we felt perfectly balances the more robust flavours of the sherry and madeira casks in the blend."

The Glen Moray Mastery is presented in individually numbered decanters housed in a leather box, a limited release of 1000 bottles, non chill-filtered it has been bottle at 52.3% ABV and has a RRP of 800.

The Glen Moray Mastery 120th Anniversary bottling will be available from specialist online whisky retailers such
as The Whisky Exchange, The Whisky Shop and Master of Malt

Glen Moray Mastery Review

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose: A lovely enticing sweet, almost candied fruitiness infused by gentle mature oak and leather.

Luscious stewed fruity sherry notes, some spice, dark chocolate all combine well with the Madeira and sweet Port cask influence, with the sherry being more prominent but stopped from overpowering the show by the Madeira.

Finish: Deliciously long, the stewed fruits make way for coffee and creamy vanilla leading to a lingering, slightly drying mature oak spiciness.

Comment: Has a delicious rich sherried maturity which is complemented by the Madeira influence, becomes quite savoury after a few mouthfuls. Its 52.5% strength simply boosts the flavour pleasure. An outstanding quality dram which is very worthy to mark the distillery's 120th anniversary.

SMW Score 92/100


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