Aug 22, 2013

Single Cask Nation Glen Moray 12yo...

Single Cask Nation Glen Moray 12yo (56.1%): And the third sample from Single Cask Nation... The spirit is distilled in June 2000 and spent its entire time only very in a first fill ex-bourbon barrel. Sounds like a good promise to my ears. It is bottled in August 2012 at 56.1% abv. and the cask numbered 797 yielded only 148 bottles. I wonder why if they paid half price for it. Color: Polished brass, like a fine chardonnay. Nose: In spite of being pretty hot before the water addition I can nose how sweet it is at the background. Unripened peaches, sour gummy worms, vanilla bean seeds and chopped spearmint leaves. After a few drops of water the fruit bowl in front of us gets even more exciting: nectarines, apricots, cantaloup slices and damson plums. Catalan flan and coconut macaroons notes follow the fruit parade. Marvelous... Palate: More citrusy and chalky than the nose but still incredibly sweet and creamy. A little muted in the beginning. With water it opens up: lemon creme caramel, peach ice tea, advocaat liquor, very subtle maple syrup and mint. Like walking in a pastry shop early in the morning in France and loosing your s#*t: pain au raisins, elephant ears, apricot danishes on the counter, passion fruit mousse cake slices, mille-feuilles and éclairs with vanilla and strawberry cream fillings behind the glass in the display. You want to buy everything but you are supposed to get your baguette and leave... Finish: Long with tangy, fruity custard. Sour and sweet. Overall: Oh, boy... I really got upset and angry about sample bottle being so small. Such a beautiful whisky. So many unrelated resemblances spinning in my head now: Thick and sweet homemade marmalade, lavender fields, long vacation breakfasts in the country, candied figs, fruits stalls in a food market somewhere in Southern Europe, flower shops... There is no secret about me favoring exclusively ex-bourbon aged whiskies lately but this one is really good I have to say. Fruity, juicy, thick in texture and aromatic. Absolutely my favorite among the three new expressions of SCN. So... Long story short I think I made my choice: I am getting this bottle. I might go for others later but one at a time.