Scotch Single Malt - Speyside - 2014
International Wine & Spirit Competition
Scotch Single Malt - Speyside - 2013
Nose: Light, fresh. Grist. Nutty, floral. Dried grass. Slightly fruity.
Palate: Oak, gentle. Well balanced, walnut, grist. Citrus, lemon sponge.
Finish: Tangy citrus, spicy fruitcake.
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Just as in music, I am not a "one note billy". I enjoy a range of music and Single Malts depending on my mood and season. Also there is price. At $21.90 at my shopping mart, this whisky is worth every penny. I enjoy its crisp citris and lemony flavors on ice with a splash of water. It's young, but when I don't want a heavier malt with a long finish, this has its place. I really like the 12 yr old, especially for it's banana flavors. Glen Moray, in all of it's expressions is priced right and unique among Speyside malts.
25th May 2015
Caramel colour does have a flavour, a slight hint of something like stewed tea/ old tea bags. You generally taste it in the finish.
19th May 2015
And just one more thing.... It's whisky. No E, just whisky. If you're going to comment on something, at least get the basics right before you start. And my subject line is a wee joke....
6th May 2015
Why oh why do people insist they can taste the caramel in whisky? It's a colouring, not a flavouring. Jeez!
I don't get the complaints this is good whisky I have tried them all I like this better than Glenlivet12.
2nd March 2015
At the moment this can be found in some UK supermarkets for 18 GBP a bottle, only a fraction more than ordinary blends. You can't expect too much at this price, but it's a light, easy-drinking whisky, and very pleasant indeed. As an everyday malt, it's economical enough to drink without guilt. I think it's an absolute bargain.
28th February 2015
OK. It's almost the same price as Grouse and there's no age on the bottle. I assume this is around 5 years old; we all know that whisky must be aged for a minmum of 3 years legally but I doubt it's quite that young. And look what JD and JB manage with four! I agree that the first taste out of the bottle is thin and acidic with an unpleasant aftertaste. Why exactly do you think we Scots learned to age our whiskies for so long? Unaged whisky is simply an off-white liquid containing mostly alcohol and in no way pleasing. It's funny that this malt tastes quite a bit of grain. If someone told you it was Tesco's own you've probably believe them. But you have to look deeper. On a whim I got out a wooden spoon and vigoruously whisked this dram in the glass for about a minute. What a difference. While it has in no way been transformed into a powerhous, the nasty overtones have been smoothed away and I am left with...a very young spirit, with a sharp tang and a bit of bite to the tongue- stimulating, a little dry, with the definite sense of tasting a melange, a process. Think of it like listening to a great song on a laptop. A good laptop mind. All the top notes are there, the mids are a bit low and almost no bass. But it's still a good song. I don't know whether I'll buy this again, but I must admit, it's a far more interesting tasting experience than yet another bottle of Glenfiddich 12.
27th February 2015
This whisky is best drunk after you've left it half full for about 2 years. I remember drinking the first half and it was quite ordinary.After 2 years - the solvent note has disappeared entirely! And amazing notes have appeared out of nowhere: nose: vanilla, barley sugar, sweet apples, a tiny hint of lavenderpalate: lemon and orange, caramel (actual caramel not the E number), a touch of vanilla and a touch of sweet spice.Finish: Sweet and spice with a touch of citrus - the finish reminiscent of Balvenie 12 years old. At this price - stick some of it in your whisky macs and with ginger ale for friends who aren't big whisky fans then make a note of the date on the bottle and stick it in the back of the cupboard for a couple of years. The results are superb! - Or you could just bung it into two bottles - whichever works.
23rd February 2015
I really like this whisky, despite what the Snobs say.. No, it might not be the best.. Also who ever slagged off Jack Daniels, I like that too! It's mild whisky, not for me the strong Peaty whiskies like Laphroaig.. Which personally tastes vile.. And I'm never going to be spending £100+ on a bottle. Though I do admit that something like Jura has a quality about it. As somebody who likes to drink Whisky with Coke (ooh, sorry), this is a great choice. I'd rather drink this, with coke than ruin a glass of Jura.
2nd January 2015
this whisky smells delicious, really light and citrusy, slightly floural. tastes good. Super light at first and progressively gets heavier...but the finish is not great, especially after a while, it lingers like a cheap whiskey. Great for the price, bad if you're a massive snob 👏
23rd December 2014
I'd say it's not the most complex whiskey out there, and honestly it has its flaws, but with a touch of water or on ice it's plenty serviceable and enjoyable. At the price, it's not bad at all.
18th December 2014
not the best single grain I've had but not the worst, very easy to drink but lacks the prescence of a 'aged' malt' you get what you pay for, worth spending a bit more if your really into this
13th December 2014
not worth 4 bucks. total rubbish. should be called paint thinner
17th October 2014
Sorry, didn't 'star' itRNB
14th October 2014
I bought a bottle of this after trying out a miniature, which I found light and summery, like a mild rosé wine. The full bottle tasted a little rough on the first two tastes. On the third taste I got the really strong 'cleaning agent' taste a few other reviewers have commented on. On the fourth trepidatious testing, no trace of that vile flavour, and each glassful I've had since, that nice light white wine bouquet has returned. Not one I'd want to drink all the time, but very pleasant to have from time to time.So why has the same whisky had three different tastes over six or seven different samplings ? Why have some reviewers noticed only the cleaning agent taste, others only the good tastes ? I think it must be to do with the person or circumstances of tasting, not the whisky.Likewise, I've had similar aberrant experiences with e.g. Tyrconnell and Glendronach, which I've found to have a vile petrol/paraffin alchoholic burn, but it's quite clear other people don't experience them at all the same way.I'd love to know what factors are in play here.RNB
It seems to me that there is a degree of snobbery in some of the reviews - i.e. it's cheap and therefore nasty. Not so. OK, not the most complex and satisfying dram but sipping one, as I am, outdoors on a warm autumn evening, the light floral/citrus tones are just perfick!
3rd September 2014
hi idon't think it a bad whisky for the money i love jura it's not in some league has that ,but it nice drink regards len
15th August 2014
While this won't win awards for being the most complex single malt in the world, it's not a bad drink. It's a very smooth drinker, with a nice gentle citrus to the palate. The finish is a bit lacking, but for the price, you can't complain. It's as though many of the reviews on here expect a mindblowing 18 year old for sub £20? If you're after a nice go to cheap malt, try it. If you're looking for something impressive, perhaps not.
11th August 2014
I am a fan of Glenmorangie and this is a close contender, yes it isn't £30 odd quid a bottle, but foret the cost and just enjoy the dram for what it is, it's a steal at the price.
10th July 2014
Good God, I am not a fan. I like most scotch, never been too choosy, but this is just awful. "Cleaning agent" is right. You get what you pay for, I suppose.
9th June 2014
Not great, for a single malt. Reminded me of the house whisky you get in all-inclusive hotels in Spain (but with a little more kick). Not sure it has been aged for that long...judging by taste and price.
24th May 2014
Its great for the money, and get you drunk as a doorknob!
30th April 2014
From initiation to...or part of the rest of your life, this single malt hits the mark. Can give you as much as your looking for or as little. Pay more - pay less, you will never find the ground that this dram can cover...enjoy and long life!
28th March 2014
Nou ik koop mijn flesje bij AH en daar kost ie maar een lutele 19,99 euro hoor!!! Duur hier seg! Maar wel een heeeeel goede whisky voor zo weinig geld!!
24th March 2014
Seems that this site could do with people doing blindfold tests - as it is, if it doesn't cost £40+ on here, the whisky snobs have heir say.I think this is a very good drink, but who am I to say in the face of all these "experts"?
15th March 2014
Now, i like expensive malt, but for 20 pound, this is head and shoulders above most premium blends...try it...if you take your head from your behind, you wilo be fine
28th February 2014
I gave this review a 10 because of the value, the taste scores a 7 in my books. I was very surprised by this very reasonable single malt. I found it to be exceptionally smooth and flavorful with citrus conquering the taste buds. For the price you might as well give it a shot since it's about the cheapest single malt you'll find. Perfect in between bottles of more expensive origins.
23rd February 2014
this is disgusting!You cant even hide the cleansing agent taste with canada dry.I had been drinking johnny walker red label before this and was a much superior and cheaper drink.It reminds me of a cheap greek metaxa brandy yuk!dont buy it!
29th December 2013
This man stole my review exactly.
27th December 2013
I'm not one for harsh or peaty malts. Nor am I a real expert. But I've tried many an expensive Malt, only to be disappointed. This didn't disappoint and is gently enjoyable.
9th December 2013
1. I am not a dedicated scotch drinker2. When I drink scotch it is 12 year old Glen Livet3. This scotch with a bit of water is pretty decent for the price. 4. I paid 20 dollars for it in the states (12.5Pounds)5. Got two glasses with the holiday gift set. lol !!!!I think that about sums it up! (I will stick with the 12 year old Glen Livet, however)Tom
6th December 2013
To my taste, not as good as the 16 yr. old.
22nd November 2013
Don't try as your first malt it will put you off.Rubbish stuff avoid.
4th November 2013
Total dishwater harsh un interesting and insipid.. They may well add caramel to cheap rubbish like this most decent wiskey a get colouring from the barrel.. Doubt this has seen one. Tastes like coloured new spirit, but not good spirt.. As other have said cleansing agent. Only use I have for it is when the wife needs a dram for cooking as that actually is not too bad a use.
Missed the rating: I'd give it three and a half
14th October 2013
A decent drink if one is a bit short of funds. It isn't very complex, but it's better than most blends by some distance. My main complaint is that the distillery don't tell us how old it is, so I suspect that it's not much more than three years old. Why this information is left off the bottle beats me. Given more time in barrel its complexity would be more impressive. Some reviewers complain about its rather insipid colour. Colour is added to whisky - I think it is caramel - to make it more attractive. The colour doesn't affect the taste. It's not like tea, where if you put plenty of tea in the pot you get a dark, strong tea, or just a bit of tea it is pale and weak.I drink it when I can't afford anything better and whilst lacking the distinction of the older whiskies, it's not a bad tipple.
This is a very good summer malt. I think it is far better than some of the comments here. They only way is to try it. Dont forger its pronounced Glen Murry
26th August 2013
This whiskey illustrates exactly what you get for each £ you spend, the colour alone shows a lack of promise and there is absolutely no complexity to taste here. This makes it poor value for money when you consider that for an extra £10 you can get something at lest double the quality. The palate isnt so bad but the finish is industrial/nail varnish remover in character. I'll never finish this bottle
24th August 2013
Rough. Wouldn't recommend it. Same category as JDs same tastes. Just bad. Can't even mix it.
17th August 2013
Without doubt the worst malt I have ever encountered
6th August 2013
This is a great whiskey for malt lovers on a budget
5th August 2013
harsh,unflavored ... ok for the money
29th July 2013
Only use to clean the loo...
12th July 2013
Not a pleasant experience, harsh taste not pleasant. Very rough, typical cheap supermarket fodder better off with a better of jw black at this price point.Avoid not even good mixed.
not keen on it straight or with H2o
6th July 2013
I'm guessing a lot of the users posting low ratings are comparing Glem Moray to milk or something. Harsh? Cleansing agent? Please go back to drinking Schnapps and leaving scotch alone.
3rd July 2013
Only just taken up single malt tasting. I picked up a 70cl bottle of this for £17.50. I have tried Glenfiddich 12, 15 (favourite) and 18. Also tried Glenmorangie which I quite liked as well. Glen Moray is a decent cheap single malt which I probably wouldn't drink a lot of neat as its quite a harsh finish. Nice and fresh on the nose, warm on the palette but a disappointing finish for me personally. I think I'll be a fan of smoky and peaty malts.
11th May 2013
I think you'd struggle to find a better malt at the price. Nice toffee-butterscotch sweetness to it, not particularly complex finish but long enough and a few spicy notes in there. A nice drop, especially at under £20. Your loss if you want to be snobbish about it.
26th March 2013
Very pleasant and quite complex, compare this to a blended scotch at a similar price! Going for £20 in supermarkets, get some. Or, spend another tenner on Laphroaig, why not?
9th March 2013
For the price an excellent Malt with much depth.
19th February 2013
For the money a very smooth and sweet drink very Recomended unless your stuck up your own ass
25th December 2012
As a sub £20 malt this rates 10 out of 10
23rd October 2012
I used to hold malt whisky nights at home where up to 10 friends would each bring a different malt from a set price range which would be sampled then the bottles taken home. The idea was to keep away from the "standards" and we tried many different malts in the £30 - £50 range though occasionally we would go higher. One evening we decided to try sub £20 malts which meant the majority were supermarket offerings. However, someone bought Glen Moray which won hands down and it became my favourite "cheap" malt. If you keep your expectations realistic it is an absolute bargain.
Such a gentle malt, discrete and calming. For me, the 'zen' of malts in the sense that 'less is more'. Perfection at a bargain price.
13th October 2012
I went to the store to quench my thirst for a hunch to have a good single malt ; but my trip to the expensive section was cut short by the price of this very first single malt. Thinking I wouldn't loose much I decided to pick up a bottle and hurried my way home.The first sip hit me hard! Disappointed ; I thought too harsh.....Second sip tasted better , the nose was warm and sweetish and with the complexity of spicinesss over the palate finishing off to a nice aftertaste. Cannot compare to the ones iam more used to but certainly good value for money and not much to loose. Cook it if you can't drink it!!!
5th July 2012
This is a nice, simple malt that's unlikely to offend anyone's palate. It's by no means special but at the same time very pleasant to drink - light, sweet and fruity.
2nd July 2012
It's a tad boring, but it has no real weaknesses either. A solid, pleasant enough malt with typical Speyside fruity flavours.
22nd June 2012
yes yes yes. buy it!
9th May 2012
this is one of the best whiskeys ive tasted yum! and ive tasted a lot malts along the way; a very good whiskey for the price, and its cheap!
11th March 2012
This is my favourite entry level malt. Delicate flavours, no over-bearing peat, a typical Speyside malt. Lovely and a bargain. Also available at Aldi.
12th December 2011
I agree this is a lovely quiet malt, an absolute bargain. More of a church mouse than a thunder-cat, but a very pleasant toffee-apple nose. Not one for the peaty maltsters,but a lovely Speyside that will appeal to those Just starting to explore singles. I favor this over its much more gregarious neighbors. Simple and uncomplicated, a real discovery.
16th October 2011
I love it and it's amazing in apple pies
26th September 2011
This whisky doesn't deserve the low ratings, it is probably the best value single malt on the market. Yes it's a little rough and ready but that's part of it's charm. A spicy speyside bargain.
18th July 2011
17th July 2011
Disappointing flavour, in fact quite a nasty taste. Not sure what to use it for now. No mention of age.
25th August 2010
Following an email sent to the distillery, they state that this malt is aged 8 years solely in bourbon casks. It's a little harsh for me too, with little lingering aftertaste, disappointing.
4th December 2009
OK as a cleaning agent or in medical emergencies but not one for the fireside.
16th November 2009
Dear MasterOfMalt, is it a replacement of the 8yo edition or a new whisky with other age?Best Regards.
29th September 2009