Colour: Bright gold
Nose: Exceptional elegance and softness on the nose, this is a truly exquisite example of finesse and refinement of malt flavours over time.
At full strength, the delicate aroma reveals a complex mix of scented and sweet aromatics: ethereal and floral scents in a pot-pourri mix (with geraniums, violets and roses) balanced by the softness of vanilla with hints of bergamot and wild mint. In the background are the hallmark Glen Moray scents with flowering currants and spices (ginger, cloves and ground nutmeg).
With water, the subtleties of this classic malt are revealed – the sweetness of golden syrup and lemon curd beneath which is discovered an ‘antique’ elegance reminiscent of chestnut cabinets treated with linseed oil and a hint of soft leather saddles. This ‘antique’ aroma is a reminder that this is a very fine malt whisky that has taken on unique characteristics over its 30 years in oak casks.
Taste: A highly sophisticated flavour that is remarkably soft, sweet and smooth for its 30 years, this is quality aged whisky at its very best.
On first sip, the sensuous oiliness gently caresses the palate as the flavours glide from front to back bringing elegant aromatics (lavendar, heather, vanilla, eucalyptus and hints of tea tree oil). This sensuous oiliness progresses to a melting softness, revealing a luscious sweet middle, reminiscent of lemon sponge and cream with a good dose of vanilla. Oak makes its presence known but never dominates, revealed as gentle nut oils and spices. Long and elegant to the end, the finish has an amazing finesse with gentle nut oils, hints of dates and figs and the softness of vanilla cream.