Glen Morey 1977-2012, Bourbon Hogshead MoS 12021, 52.1% – Malts of Scotland

Yes, Glen Morey. At least, that’s according to the label. Malts of Scotland is famous for two things in my book: great whisky and typos on labels. “Images of Bartstown”, anyone?

Anyway, this 1977 Glen Moray was bottled almost a decade ago. Back then it got some laughs because of the typo on the label, but because of that it also got a lot of attention. I guess all publicity is good publicity, right?

Older Glen Moray can be great, I’ve had some awesome ones from the SMWS about a decade ago, so it seems they were sellings a lot of casks in one go. Since then it’s a bit more quiet.

The distillery is (to me at least) known for their gentle whiskies that don’t pack too much of a punch, but tone the intensity down in favor of comfort.

Maturity, but also slightly yeasty, hint of malty beer. A whiff of buttermilk, sweet barley, a whiff of floral honey. Slightly autumnal, with old leaves and ferns.

Quite dry, with lots of malt. Barley, grist, a hint of porridge. Some honey, but also dry autumn leaves, a hint of tobacco. Quite some oak staves too.

Some peppery heat at first, but the dryness with oak, barley and custard too.

I guess this one fits the distillery quite well. It’s not a very intense dram and chooses the middle of the road in regards to flavors. Having said that, it does what it does very well.

The palate brings a bit of buttermilk and honey, which is nice. It’s also a bit autumnal which is something I thoroughly like too. So, good stuff. Just not amazing.


This sets you back some € 350, nowadays.


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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