A few weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to take part in a Tweet Tasting, courtesy of Glen Moray and Steven Rush at The Whisky Wire. As the new kid on the block, I thought I’d return to peated offering and give it a closer look.
Since the distillery was acquired by French firm La Martiniquaise in 2009, it’s been able to develop and range which is reflective of its long history, after years of being kept under the thumb by Glenmorangie. The distillery expanded in size in 2012 and it now produced 3.3m litres annually, from three wash stills and three spirit stills. Since this time, the range has been kept tight and the price point has been kept right, with a standard bottle coming in at around £25. Nothing too fancy but a good, solid dram to have in the cupboard at home.
In this time, the whisky has also established itself as a typical Speyside malt, with very little smoke and a lightness of flavour. This newly peated edition marks the distillery’s first foray into the peated world. And for a first try, I’d say they’ve created a pretty solid whisky.
I had the luxury of tasting this alongside its original new make spirit and maturation definitely mellows out the smoke, but you still get a slight wisp of it on the nose. There’s also a tang of citrus there too. On the palate, the peat finally presents itself, alongside more sweet citrus – reminding me almost of a lemon meringue pie. There’s also a hint of spice, which transfers to the finish. In my original review, I compared the dram to Bruichladdich, but on reflection it’s missing some of the body and presence that the Islay dram has.
Overall, a first good attempt at a peated malt from Glen Moray. Hopefully there’ll be some more interesting malts comes from this resurgent distillery over the coming months and years, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled.
Glen Moray Peated\
£25 from Glen Moray