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Review: Glen Moray 16 Years Old

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A Speyside Scotch, aged 16 years and matured in old Chenin Blanc white wine barrels. This amber/copper Scotch is rich with flavor, a solid malt core backed up with lots of fruit. A big fruit salad in this one, with apples, bananas, and some cinnamon/clove spices to top it all off.

Though just 80 proof, try it with a splash of water to bring out more of the malt.

This is a quite sweet malt, but not cloying. I keep going back to it again and again… it’s really quite a delight to drink, with a moderate finish that brings out a touch of its peaty character.

As for the Chenin Blanc, well, I am not getting much wine character from this whisky — but Chenin Blanc is so delicate a wine I really wouldn’t expect to. Makes me curious about why it was chosen to begin with… but as an experiment in whiskymaking, it’s a big success all around.

(Note: Tasted the 700ml European bottling. Not widely available in U.S.)

A- / £26 (700ml) / glenmoray.com

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Christopher Null

Christopher Null is the creator and editor in chief of Drinkhacker.com, a veteran technology journalist, and the owner of Null Media, a custom blogging company.

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  1. J wHite December 12, 2011

    site says shortbread biscuit malt and chewy oak. and very candy boiled sweet like. Is there prickly oak and very strong alcohol smell?
    the 12y is 20$ cheaper but could be more more unripe citrus tart fruits. maybe 16y is the softer one or beefy malt one.

    was thinking HP12 just it says island region. i cant drink pulteney as to drying and that sherbet attack.
    i thouhght HP was more honey fig, with earthy peat fire smoke. is hp thin like basic laphroig 10 40% filtered version. mmm i dont know.

    my taste is bland too lately. maybe i could get unchilfiltered of something.

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