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 ├ęclairs 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.