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Glen Moray SMWS 35.112 17yo 1996/2014 52.5%

This is a Scotch Malt Whisky Society bottling. In order to hide the distillery, a code number is assigned, but a simple google search will reveal the related distillery. In this case it is a Glen Moray, the 112 tells you it is the 112nd bottle from Glen Moray. The SMWS has Chapters worldwide but unfortuntely none in Singapore, and one has to be a member in order to purchase their bottles, plus they do not ship out of the local country, so their bottlings are somewhat rare here.

The Glen Moray name has a history but the actual distillery was rebuilt in 1958, and recently changed hands in 2008 when LVMH-owned Glenmorangie Plc sold it off to La Martiniquaise. I don’t know how the spirit from this new era will turn out, but the distillery itself looks well tended, and the front of shop service was great:

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Can’t say much about the over-vinous Chardonnay finish 10 yo though.

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(The only photo of this bottle I could find online – credit to Ben’s whisky blog)

Nose  Nose: Soft meadow flowers and lots of bourbon influence – vanilla creme, butterscotch and the like. Light and uplifting fluffy nose, like a floral marshmellow. But a moment later, traces of a vegetal funk. Very strange. White wine and a little waxy too. White pepper and cardboard. With water: cleaner, waxier.

Taste  Palette: Sweet! Very sweet with toffee and cereals. Still floral and waxy but a big blast of ‘clean’ white spices plus aniseed? Clean light ‘high’ aromatics and lots of spice, very pleasant. With water: eh doesn’t take water very well.

Finish  Finish: Long, gets drier and more bruleéd.

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Very strange nose, something funky and stale plus flowers never works well for me. I would have been inclined to believe it was my glass, but out of curiosity I googled for other tasting notes, and found Ben’s, who also found it weird.  The palette is much better though.

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