This Speyside distillery has been a bit of a ‘2nd cousin’ to the more prominent Glenmorangie distillery when owned by Macdonald & Muir and even with Martiniquaise, it is primarily used for the French company’s blends such as Label 5 and Glen Turner. Glen Moray single malts from the distillery have tended to be quite affordable, earlier with age statements of 10 (finished in Chardonnay cask), 12 and 16 years, more recently replaced by their Elgin collections:
- ‘Elgin Classic‘ line of NAS first fill ex-bourbon, peated then sherry, port and chardonnay cask finish
- ‘Elgin Heritage‘ age statements with 12, 15 & 18 year
- ‘Elgin Reserve‘ featuring only a 25 year Port pipe finish whisky
So to find a 21 year is an anomaly… in this case from from Douglas of Dramlanrig collection of single cask bottlings from Hunter Laing, endorsed by the Duke of Buccleuch himself. Bearing the image of the Douglas family seat – Drumlanrig Castle in Dumfries and Galloway. While initially available only through The Whisky Shop, you can now find Douglas bottles in other places as well..
Glen Moray 21 year (Oct 1991/Aug 2013) Cask 9980 46% 159 bottles (Douglas)
- Nose – Cereals, light honey drizzle, all the usual light bright single malt notes
- Palate – Spice then sweet with a nice interplay between the two, as it opens up becomes more and more creamy
- Finish – More of a dry burn, nothing spectacular
The palate is the strongest dimension whereas the finish is the least interesting element. In truth, we were challenged to tease out many specifics… It was just a classic middle of the road malt that neither stood out as particularly unusual yet had nothing ‘wrong’ either.
In truth, the limited aromas was consistent for all but the Miltonduff… which I later suspect had more to do with sitting directly underneath an A/C vent sharing a small 20 ml pour than the whiskies themselves. Particularly with the Gloen Moray, I’ll openly admit to struggling to discern much beyond a cursory impression.
Douglas of Dramlanrig is inspired by the rolling hills and green forests in the estate of the Duke of Buccleuch and Queensferry, Douglas of Drumlanrig is a collection of single cask bottlings personally endorsed and approved by the Duke himself. (SG$294.00)
This whisky was sampled as part of a whisky flight at The Single Cask together with:
- Deanston 15 years (1997/2013) Cask No 1958 45.8% (TSC)
- Glentauchers 18 years (1996/2014) 2 casks 46% (Carn Mor)
- Miltonduff 21 year (1995/2016) 45.8% (TSC)
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