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.

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