Glen Moray 33 – SMWS (35.51)

The first review of the SMWS Bottle-Share! I’ve waited a while to start reviewing until all packages had been sent or delivered. While that technically isn’t the case (I’ve got two left) I didn’t feel like waiting any longer.

Glen Moray is one of those distilleries that you barely ever see bottled. Until recently that is. For some reason casks have been popping up left and right and especially the SMWS has picked up a couple. I tasted two last year, and now there is another old one.

Glen MoraySlightly alcoholic at first with some toasted oak and the crust of dry roasted peanuts. There are quite a few spices present with dry ginger and nutmeg. I also get dried apples, pear and some tropical fruits, mostly peach. The woodiness becomes more prominent if you dig deeper.

It’s quite gentle for an old whisky still at 53.6%. There’s quite a lot of wood dust. Liquorice, dried peaches, apple peels and a hint of brown sugar. When I’ve had this one swimming around for a bit I also get some overripe banana. Very fruity indeed.

The finish is a bit more ‘fresh’ with some mint and vanilla. It’s still slightly drying because of the woodiness. Very friendly without ever burning and quite long. The wood becomes more prominent towards the end.

While this isn’t the best 30+ Glen Moray I’ve ever tasted, it certainly is damn fine. The SMWS name ‘Every Flavour Beans’ makes sense since this whisky really is all over the map. The fruitiness with the wood spices is a very nice combination and makes me think of Christmas cakes with all those confit and dried fruits in it. Delicious!

Glen Moray 33, 12-1976, SMWS, ‘Every Flavour Beans’, 53.6%, First Fill Bourbon Barrel, available for € 150 at the SMWS.

5 stars


About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm very interested in booze, with a focus on whisky. I like to listen to loads of music and play lots of Magic: the Gathering, and board games too. I'm married to Anneke, have two daughters Ot and Cato, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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6 Responses to Glen Moray 33 – SMWS (35.51)

  1. Pingback: More SMWS: Bottle-Share VI | Malt Fascination

  2. The SMWS have been bottling Glen Moray fairly regularly for a while – the distillery used to be owned by Glenmorangie (like the SMWS) so they have a few casks knocking around…

    They’re working on building their range at the moment, so keep an eye out for some more interesting distillery bottlings coming soon.

  3. Cor Dovens says:

    Neus is mooi en rijk.
    Alcohol is op een prettige wijze aanwezig.
    Smaak geeft naartoe mij sherry en is zacht.
    Finish valt bij mij wat snel weg , ietwat droog, alcohol blijft prettig aanwezig.
    Groeten COR

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  5. Pingback: Glen Moray 1983, 29yo, The Great Easter Bake-off, 58.8% (35.103) – SMWS | Malt Fascination

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