Part of the Elgin Heritage Collection, this is an excellent addition to the Speyside distillery’s roster.
At Home in Elgin
Glen Moray Distillery has been about since 1897, based in the Speyside town of Elgin. Here, it started off life as the Elgin West Brewery, producing ales since 1830. They expanded into whisky in 1897 and have been producing excellent malt in the meantime.
Today they are helmed by Graham Coull, who is the fifth Master Distiller. Under Coull’s guidance, the distillery has gone through a number of changes and are becoming a well recognised competitor to many of the bigger brands that dominate the market.
They have a series of collections that explore different aspects of their history in Elgin, with the Elgin Classic Collection forming the core range. Also included are the Elgin Prestige, Elgin Reserve and Elgin Heritage. The first two are Single malts, and the latter is a collection in itself. The point of these is to celebrate and showcase the masterful quality of the malt made at Glen Moray.
Glen Moray 21 Year Old Portwood Finished Single Malt Scotch Whisky
The Glen Moray 21 Year Old Portwood Finished Single Malt Scotch Whisky is the latest edition to the Elgin Heritage Collection. Released earlier this year (2019), it is full of flavour and a brilliant expression to add to the already amazing Heritage line up.
The collection already consists of three age statemented malts; a 12 year old, 15 year old and 18 year old, as well as Fired Oak, which has been matured in heavily charred American oak casks. The Portwood 21 Year Old has been matured in American oak casks and finished in port casks sourced directly from Portugal.
Tasting notes for Glen Moray 21 Year Old Port Wood Finished Single Malt Scotch Whisky
The nose begins with caramel and oak wood. It is sweet and tart, bursting with summer berries and vanilla. Hints of honey, more oak and cranberries add a lot of flavour.
The palate is rich and full of heat. It has chilli powder, nutmeg and cayenne pepper to add some warmth. Chocolate, coffee notes and more vanilla makes for a full bodied malt. It has a slightly chewy texture, with caramel and treacle toffee.
The finish is bold, lingering on spice and sweetness.
Glen Moray have done well with their most recent addition. The Portwood is sophisticated and elegant, bringing excellent quality and taste to fans of the distillery.
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