Glen Moray 13 Year Old (SMWS 35.165 – Variety – the spice of life)
Cask Type: 1st Fill Ex-Chenin Blanc Hogshead
Outrun: 180 Bottles
Nose: Oily, white grape, smoke, rubber, tar, strawberry, blackberry, spice.
Palate: Oloroso nuttiness, almonds, rubber, tar, mineral, oak.
Finish: Long finish, tar, mineral, stone, charred wood, nutmeg, more spice.
Really funky, nothing like a Chenin Blanc wine, and nothing like a Glen Moray, the amber colour isn’t helping either.
Super funky nose and palate; full of smoky tar, rubbery notes throughout, with a touch of red berries on the nose, definitely would’ve guessed a funky red wine cask, such as Barolo (one of the top Italian red wines, known for having rubber notes in the wine, especially the matured ones).
The palate copies the nose, with a lengthy funky finish, full of mineral, charred wood, and spice. Weird but quite a character.
Macallan Cask Strength 58.4%
Container: Spiegelau Whisky Snifter
Nose: Sharp ethanol, rich stewed red fruits, walnuts, biscuit, raisins, milk chocolate, candied orange, strawberry, plum.
Palate: Raisins, cinnamon, ginger, orange, red fruit jam, toffee, stewed plums.
Finish: Long finish, lingering cinnamon, ginger, strawberry, oak, and oak tannins.
The Macallan CS is an exceptional sherry bomb, which I think was last sold for about $80CAD which would be a steal. It’s a tad pungent on the nose, and a tad too hot for 58.4% on the palate. But it’s complex with waves of red fruits, and nutty chocolate notes on the nose. Part from the usual red fruits, it’s also loaded with spices, especially ginger, with a drying finish.
Can’t imagine this is the same distillery that bottles such amazing whisky, but at the same time introduce us with tier not-good-at-all colour series. This leaves me wanting to try out some older Macallan Single Casks.