Glen Moray 42 (Celtic Heartlands 1962-2005) Review

This is a 42 year Glen Moray bottled under the Celtic Heartlands label at 47.2% ABV. It was matured in an ex-bourbon cask.

Nose: Pure, unadulterated oak with hints of peach and coriander. A bit of saltwater taffy and smoke round out the oak heavy profile.

Palate: Sweet on entry turning very rapidly into intense oak. This is the most over-oaked scotch I’ve tried to date sadly. It felt like I was sucking on a mouth full of wood chips sadly.

Finish: Turns a bit funky with the oak still absolutely dominating.

Rating: 73/100 – I’m not usually over sensitive to oak in scotches, in fact I’ve had some as old as 50 years that I still quite enjoyed. However, this one was just pure oak on the palate, and I struggled to dig through it to see if there were some other interesting notes going on. I’m generally a Glen Moray fan, but very disappointed at this one.

Value for the money: I bought a sample of this at around a $500 value. I would stay far away at that price.

SMWS 35.114 “A Southern Gentleman” (Glen Moray 19) Review

This is a 19 year Glen Moray from SMWS that was matured in an ex-bourbon first fill toasted oak hogshead. I was curious about the toasted oak part, but didn’t get a definitive answer from the folks at SMWS. My guess is that this ex-bourbon hogshead was scraped down and toasted prior to the aging. It was bottled at 58.9% ABV.

Nose: Fresh toast drizzled with honey and topped with golden raisins. Heavy figs with dried mustard. The toasted oak is interesting as it does provide a different note compared to the typical char found in bourbon barrels or the old/weathered oak profile in a regular first fill or refill.

Palate: Great mouthfeel – very viscous and velvety. Quite hot with bold young oak and honey. Some butterscotch and vanilla contribute to a bourbon-like profile. The oak is very dominant all around.

Finish: Heavy oak tannins with vanilla – exceptionally dry and relatively short.

Rating: 84/100 – This is the first scotch I’ve had that labels the barrel it was aged in as toasted, but I can’t help but feel this contributed to the very heavy oak presence. I wanted to like this a lot more as I really enjoy the 35.100 Glen Moray 10 that K&L had a couple years back.

Value for the money: This was a little lot that sold out through SMWSA – it retailed for $160 which I would not pay again.

SMWS 35.100 “Cool and refreshing as a waterfall” (Glen Moray 10) Review

This is a 10 year Glen Moray bottled by SMWS at 57.1% ABV.

Nose: Bright, fruity, and airy with pears, nectarines and clean oak. A bit of vanilla from the ex-bourbon cask.

Palate: Bourbon like with heavy notes of vanilla, oak, honey, and cracked pepper. Dry overall with subtle fruits in the background.

Finish: Mostly oak with a pleasant tingling sensation.

Rating: 88/100

Value for the money: This was $90 on K&L when I first got it which is a fair price.