Aug 20, 2014

Single Cask Nation Glen Moray 7yo...

Single Cask Nation Glen Moray 7yo (58.8%): Wow, it's been a long time... I have been away for the most of the summer but finally I am back in Cambridge. I had an incredibly busy but tremendously fun time when I was being away. I would like to talk about it when I can find a little more time to put my notes together but for now I am eager to start with the reviews... There are a lot of sample bottles waiting to be reviewed and I am pretty excited to start tasting again. The first sample is from Single Cask Nation... This is the second Glen Moray expression from SCN but this time it's a younger release. The whisky is distilled in June of 2006 and bottled in January 2014 at cask strength at 58.8% abv. The spirit spent the entire seven years of its maturation in a first fill fino sherry butt. The cask yielded 252 bottles. As a big fan of fino sherry and fino sherry finishes I cannot wait to start to sip this one. Color: Rich dark amber, clover honey. It's darker than I expected from a young whisky finished in a fino cask I have to say. Nose: Dried sour cherries, cranberry juice and quince paste. Moldy, damp burlap rolls, old wool tapestry forgotten in the basement for years and wet clay. Black garden soil and mulch. Water amplifies the woolen notes: Like nosing your old, thick woolen scarf wrapped around your head on your way back home at a freezing cold winter evening. Every time you breath in and out your nostrils are filled with that familiar smell from your childhood. Purple figs and dry and briny fino wine. Palate: Black currant marmalade, old decaying leather office furniture and green walnut jam. Pretty hot... With water it gets salty and peppery. Oyster brine, crushed black pepper, dry red wine and camembert cheese. It actually tastes like a well aged grain whisky. Chestnut honey, eucalyptus drops and salted fruit salad with blackberries and fresh figs. Finish: Long and sizzling... Mouth drying with black pepper and nutmeg. Overall: Not exactly what I was expecting in the beginning. It's (more) Young and Restless. Briny, dry but juicy with red fruits at the same time. The young spirit fights back to balance it overall and keeps it vibrant. Nice Scotch for Bourbon lovers...