Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Tasting: Gleann Mór. Island/Speyside 23yrs.



Gleann Mόr. Island/Speyside 23 yrs.

Blended Malt Scotch Whisky.
Non Chill-Filtered/No added colouring

Distillery: Undisclosed Island & Speyside distillery
Bottler: Gleann Mόr
Region: Island (Orkney) & Speyside
Age: 23 Years Old
Proof/ABV: 49,8%
Dk price: $160USD/999Dkk.  
Cask: Bourbon

Points: 89,5/100


Today’s tasting is a 23 years old blend from the Scottish independent bottler Gleann Mór who has selected three bourbon casks from three undisclosed Scottish distilleries and married them together. The three distilleries are located respectively on Orkney islands and in Speyside. Those of you familiar with the location of the Scottish distilleries already knows there are only two whisky distilleries located on Orkney; Highland Park and Scapa, so take your pick.

Last month I tasted my first Gleann Mór bottling, the 10 years old Royal Brackla and wasn’t overly excited, so I’m really curious to taste this one.

Nose:
Sweet caramelized bourbon nose up front, followed by oak spices, vanilla and peach. Oh, mamma! this is defiantly one of those whiskies I could nose for an entire evening.

Palate:
It defiantly starts out with a real kick that quickly fades, leaving room for fruity notes of lemon and apricot, followed by gentle cigar smoke, hay, hazelnuts and heavy doses of oak.

Finish:
Medium finish with sea salt, black pepper and that smoky note that lingers in the back.

Overall impression:
Nice mouth-coating texture. Amazingly balanced and skillfully blended. One of those whiskies that set the bar high, and you just want to go back to, again and again.

We have previously described Independent bottler Gleann Mór, click here to learn more.

Review By: Hasse Berg
Photo by: Goldendrops.dk (All rights reserved)

This sample was graciously sent to me by Goldendrops.dk for the purposes of this review.

Son of Winston Churchill has kindly been granted permission to use the photo in this review.