Category Archives: Speyside

Scotch Review: Glen Moray 12 year Speyside

I began drinking scotch recently after a (forced) hiatus due to cost.  When I popped into my local package store, I thought it was time to make the switch back to the first brown spirit I truly fell in love with.GlenMoray12year

$40 later, I’d picked up Glen Moray 12 year Speyside.

Let’s start with the basics.  After peeling the foil from the bottle, I pulled the cork and took a huge whiff, inhaling lovely notes I’ve associated with Scotch – Vanilla and sweet spice.  I’d had a bit of excitement building since it’s been way too long since I could enjoy a bottle of Scotch.

The pour – Very smooth, showed colors of pale green/gold.  Once in the glass, my sight was confirmed.  I have a tasting glass that I use for the nose and buildup, which pretty much confirmed notes of fruit, some raisin and very light oak notes.  The feel of this whiskey is very light in body, smooth as well with the burn at the back end just being light enough to let you know it’s there but not overwhelming.

Truth be told, I never thought I’d pick up fruity notes in a Scotch but Glen Moray 12 Year Speyside has them.  They’re light, but obvious honestly.  The vanilla lingers on a medium finish.

Adding water (three drops) opened the scotch up mulled fruit and charred oak.

Overall, a drinkable, everyday affordable 12 year Scotch from the Speyside region of Scotland.

Scotch Review: Glenrothe 1991

Got to try an a good scotch tonight at Occidental. They have a great list of scotches, whiskeys and bourbons along with a nice wine and beer list. The Glenrothe 1991 is a light amber colored scotch with a nose typical of Speyside single malts.

A soft entry entices the palate with nuts, heather and very soft caramel that opens up as the whiskey aerates. More pronounced caramel flavors round out the smooth whiskey with a medium to fuller finish.

A few drops of water helped smooth out the peaty flavors on the back of the palate. I enjoyed this scotch with a Padron 7000.

Retail runs around $80 for a 750 ml bottle. I’d probably pair this better with a more oily cigar like Tatuaje or the Torano 1959 Exodus in the future.