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This blog will feature tasting notes, reviews, distillery visits and whisky news with focus mainly on Scottish single malts. This will sometimes be accompanied by politically incorrect (whisky) opinions. You have now been warned! :-)
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Friday, 7 March 2014

GLEN MORAY 1974 35.102 'SOPHISTICATED AND SELF-ASSURED' - THE SCOTCH MALT WHISKY SOCIETY

Here's another whisky with the SMWS-descriptor 'Sophisticated' attached to it.

Some of the names the SMWS tasting panel comes up with often makes me smile as the names can be (as you probably know if you follow the SMWS) be quite... imaginative :-)

But are they good descriptors?? Well, first of all, far from all the names of the bottlings have notes that directly describes the tastes and smells of the whisky, though one might argue that they do so... though it does take a bit more imagination for some people to figure out how i.e. 'Sophisticated and self-assured' applies to whisky.

Some get it, some don't - I will not judge, especially if the whisky as good as this... ;-)

Glen Moray Distillery, Elgin - picture from Wikipedia
Glen Moray 1974 35.102 39yo (19.02.1974) 'Sophisticated and self-assured' 52,1%, 180 bottles, refill ex-bourbon hogshead, The Scotch Malt Whisky Society

Colour is full gold

Nose:
Very delicate nose on this one - it needs time to wake up. Old wet oak planks, freshly ground pepper, vanilla, carrot, fresh ginger, overripe banana, coconut and multi fruit juice.

Taste:
A very dark tasting whisky, this one... Chocolate, coffee, burnt sugar as in danish 'smor-kage' (pastry). Some cardamom and ginger shows itself along with a dash of syrup. This also has some noticeable (but not bitter) oak notes and a shorter than expected finish that just takes the top off of things, I think... as in not making it to the 90p-mark.

Nevertheless, its hugely enjoyable - goes down like a treat... and that's really what its all about, isn't it? :-)

89/100!

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