Nose: Big fat rich sherry. Raspberries and strawberries alongside stewed plums, raisins and sultanas. Running throughout hazelnuts, chocolate sauce and gingerbread. Leather gradually peeks through alongside fig rolls and orange peels. The addition of water releases notes of old pipe tobacco alongside hessian cloth.
Taste: Rich and full-bodied with fresh and jammy cranberries, strawberries and raspberries served alongside chocolate sponge. Leather and liquorice emerge, joined by orange peels, cinnamon spicing an a gradual build of intense brown sugars. Reduction emphasises oranges with juice, segments and liqueurs together with cloves and pepperiness.
Finish: Long but incredibly taut – anise, eucalyptus, cough syrup together with exceedingly dry prominent oak.
There’s plenty of sherry delivered with this Glen Moray – but there’s also plenty of cask along for the journey. The promise of rich, jammy fruitiness and sweet treats is met with the nose and palate, but sadly the finish is rather jarring with the sherry volume of oak influence it brings. Agreeable for the most part, but not plain sailing.
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