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Glen Moray Classic Peated

(70cl, 40%)

Glen Moray Classic Peated

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Glen Moray Classic Peated Bottling Note

A peaty expression joins Glen Moray's Classic range! Quite laid-back for a peated expression, but by no means lazy, this Speyside single malt Scotch whisky balances medicinal peaty whiffs with plenty of vanilla, orchard fruits and some floral, fragrant elements shining through along the way.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Apricot, roasted pineapple and hints of tobacco leaf.

Palate: Smoke never gets too intense, rather it remains in the background behind vanilla and orchard fruit.

Finish: A little bit peppery, though still enjoyably sweet.

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Glen Moray Classic Peated Reviews

Decent, but peat-heads need not apply.

Very, very light peat smoke - as an Islay drinker, it was almost indiscernible.

This whisky is delicate in flavor and light in body. I detect some vegetal notes on the nose, with lemon sweets and a bit of soot.
On the palate, I get vanilla buttercream icing and lemon cake with that subtle, slightly ashy and medicinal peat far in the background. Water reveals something of melon as well. Simple, but tasty. The smoke becomes more evident on the finish, after the other flavors have subsided.

I preferred the unpeated Classic, as it had more complexity and body. I don't recommend water in this whisky - at least not very much - as it is a fragile, delicate dram. Not bad for the $22 US I paid for it.

9th September 2020

Does the job for me

I think this is an excellent whisky for the price point even if it's used for a hot toddy once in a while. I recently picked up a bottle for under 20 quid which not far away from the supermarkets own branded whiskies. I cannot compare a £50 bottle of Lagavulin 8 to this but I find it very similar in alot of ways just not as much peaty goodness as the lag 8. It's alot more subtle but that's a good thing sometime, there's obviously a reason why the difference in price. I liked it that much I picked up a second bottle for a daily dram

21st July 2020

well worth £18th

As good as Bowmore first cask. Very defiant peaty expression

17th June 2020


BOOOOO! Speyside? Spewside! Granted I'm not a very informed whiskey drinker but for a single malt whiskey I would have though it might be smoother, less throat burning and not as medicinal tasting. Is that the peat finish? If so, peat you suck. I cannot get through a glass no matter how much ice or water I add. I even tried with Coke. It still tasted terrible. No stars.

27th May 2020

Compare favourably with my old fave Ardmore

Great value for money - balanced, slightly funky, but with depth in the delivery and quite lengthy finish. Water sparingly.

22nd February 2020

Bring it back!

The review of 26.10.18 says it all. Great value, well balanced, lingers well. Not as pronounced as Laphroaig of course, but still a great peat flavour. If you don't like smoky whisky, leave a negative review. Each to their own! By the way, why can't I find it in the shops any more?

14th February 2020


I dont agree with the guy from 12 June 2019 ( Peated? Well, if you say so. Perhaps too subtle for me. If you like a real smokey dram this isn't it.) You
can not compare this one with Ardbeg 10 or Caol Ila 12 or Laphroaig 10 etc.
But the peat smoke is definitely there. Sure this is a young whisky, but nonetheless a very decent and affordable single malt. For the whisky itself
I rate it 3,5 stars, with price in mind (I bought a bottle for 16 euro) I give it 5 stars. Highly recommended

25th December 2019

worth a try.

a nice balance of fruit and smoke. 'A very nice dram.
would highly recommend trying.
no added colour too.

23rd October 2019

No no no vanilla save it for the rum

Shite, wife bought for my 56th bday. First ever I don't want to drink.

5th October 2019

We'll balanced Islay style

Very nice, more like a Bowmore than a Teacher's to me. Lovely balanced peaty beauty.

25th September 2019

The price is right

Taste is OK, but good for the price. Excellent for a peated old fashioned

23rd September 2019

Whisky smells bad.

Tried this with ice,I found the smell intolerable,tipped it out and tried neat still has a bad smell,is there another way to drink this and avoid the smell?so far it is not grabbing me.i like pleated whisky,I have not smelled anything like this.

15th August 2019

For peat's sake.

Peated? Well, if you say so. Perhaps too subtle for me. If you like a real smokey dram this isn't it.

12th June 2019

Peated heaven

I’ve just had a dram of this excellent Glen Moray Peated lovely fruity/peaty nose, smooth peaty background behind vanilla and light fruit a peppery edge and finish (peaty again though the peatyness does not overpower but sits in the close background smiling benevolently all around) well worth buying congrats to the distillery team excellent

9th May 2019

Peat tastes like TCP

To the guy 2 reviews below who said it tastes like TCP - Yes it does but thats exactly what a peated whisky should taste like! Its like marmite, you either love it or hate it. Having said that this is quite a lightly peated whisky compared to the likes of laphroig, it’s more like a bowmore. There is a very nice peat to malt balance. If you like the taste of peat and can find this on offer below £20 it’s a no brainer. Also worth noting, dosnt look like any caramel colouring added which is always a sign of a quality whiskey imo.

2nd May 2019

Inexpensive, quality, great taste...

I was fortunate enough to have been in 'The Grill' bar in Union Street, Aberdeen a while back with a friend, and were discussing what we should try, when he spotted that the 'Malt of the Month' was a Glen Moray Classic Peated which neither of us had tasted. We duly ordered 2 x of the above and to say were pleasantly surprised would be a major understatement...
This is not an expensive dram, but boy does it deliver!
Needless to say, we had one or two more, to back up our initial findings.
Enough to say, that we were as impressed with the rest, as we were with our initial drams and as a result would have no qualms in giving this 4 out of 5 stars.

4th April 2019

Tastes like TCP, yes the stuff your mum put on your scrapes and cuts when you was a kid. Has to be the worst whisky I have ever tasted. Do not understand people giving this 5 stars.

28th March 2019

Great value but not great taste

Always liked Glen Moray whisky as you get a tidy enough malt for a really good price but this was a little disappointing. The only flavour I get is peat and nothing else even a bit water didn't help, my opinion is if you want a more pleasent peated whisky then your better off buying an Islay brand.

25th November 2018

Unmatched peated whiskey for the price.

Wow! I live for peated drams. For £22 its a steal! Well balanced, strong peat on the nose, peardrops, rich oak complexity, not too sweet on the palate. peat sits nicley in the mouth necer overpowering but always there. complex, tastes more like an 18y. I would rate this second to my all time fav.. Longrow peated. and rate it higher than anything below £30. for sure. it could benefiy from a higher alcahol % I give it 5 stars for the price.

26th October 2018

Surprised by how peated it was

its really tasty but quite rich so i recommend dont drink more than 3 drams at a time. full of chatachter for me

22nd July 2018


Bought on offer from Tesco at £18.00 and represents phenomenal value for money at that price. No absolute star quality but once I started this bottle I couldn't stop going back to it despite having plenty of good whisky in the house. A very competent tipple at bargain basement money!

16th July 2018

Great value peater for when you don't want to deplete your Islays.

Punches above price

8th February 2018

Can't go wrong for the price!

Let's just be reasonable: if you are afraid you might hate peat, but curious, what can you get for less to try it? And even if you like peat, this one is well made. Young but not harsh, peaty, but not a full blast. Citrus/apples/malt, reasonable sweetness, nice light color.

7th February 2018

Excellent value for peat noobs or to stretch your Islays

I gave it 5 stars to reflect value, not to imply that it's amazing. I enjoy Laphroaig and Lagavulin, but also like subtler peat options, like Highland Park and unpeated malts from Speyside and Highlands.

I generally avoid overpriced NAS bottles, but at this price (and I got the one with 2 glasses for $25US) it's priced just right. I can't think of a cheaper single malt except for NDS (no distillery statement) McClelland's. Peat is more pronounced with younger malts anyway, so peated NAS malts could be more relevant, as long as they're not overpriced.

Well, this one is nice - the peat is strong (not as strong as the Islay firebrands) and upfront, but there's plenty of fresh fruity maltiness to balance it, and some sweetness, too, but not too much. I just tasted it again yesterday after sampling Lagavulin 12 a few days ago (2016 bi-centennial edition at 57.7% cask strength). No, not comparing them, they're different. But for 40% Glen Moray Peated is very fair - full bodied, no ethanol harshness. And I like how the color doesn't suggest too much E150a.

IMHO Glen Moray should try releasing some older, age-stated, peated versions as well as bottling without chill-filtration, 46%+, without colorant. Possibly a slight re-design of the bottle and label/box/colors might help, too, but not important to me.

7th February 2018

Pretty good

Overall, that's a pretty good scotch for the price (39 CAD). It's the first peated scotch under 62$ I've seen in Quebec. Reminds me of Teacher's Highland Cream. Good everyday dram.

29th January 2018

A good cheapie for a peat head

For me, the Elgin Classic range is pretty good, for the price.

The Finnish element of our local whisky club (Hi, Vesa & Tiina, just in case) have adopted it as their stock 'drink responsibly' single malt.

I'm not such a peat fan and as it goes, I'd take the Chardonnay Cask as my favourite in the range but I can see why they'd have this!

I've spent much more on peated Islays that have been no better. Well worth a try, at the price.


16th January 2018

Another pleasant surprise from Speyside for peat lovers

The perfect whisky for a cold night with the right amount of vanilla and peat finishing quickly!

16th January 2018

Takes getting used to.

My favourite is Glenmorangie so initially I was put off with the taste and smell, although it was smooth to drink, after a whie I had more respect for the drink and it actually grew on me. A matter of letting the palate adjusting to the new taste I think. Wouldn't be my first choice but it does have some quality for the price paid £19.

10th January 2018

Like it.

Very nice. It's what it says on the bottle. Fair price and a very nice dram. Good stuff and smells wonderful.

4th January 2018

A great peaty whisky for the price

A great peaty whisky for the price., ignore other reviews knocking this, for your money you cant complain about this in fact quite the opposite, an excellent Speyside region whisky for your hard earned money.

12th December 2017

Another pleasant surprise from Speyside for peat lovers

The perfect whisky for a cold night with the right amount of peat finishing quickly!

23rd November 2017

A nice touch of peat

As others have said a good whisky for the price with a nice touch of peat.

7th April 2017

I agree with the review below

By no means my best or favourite whisky in my cupboard but not at all bad. When you can get it on offer at the supermarket for £20 at times its worth it. Exactly as it says on the bottle it is lightly Peated but enough that you know it's there, it's very easy to drink and goes down well. A good bottle to have when you feel like a dram and don't want to break out your best stuff.

18th October 2016

Very good

At £20 in the supermarkets when on offer this is a very good price. It is relatively basic and young but every element is good and at £20 I would say great! I've had 3 bottles now and will continue to pick these up when available at £20 to have in for drinking good whisky but not needing to raid my limited stocks of more expensive whiskies every time I want to find the wife more attractive. The difference between this and some £30-£35 Islay bottles (comparing due to being a peated offering) does not justify the 50-75% increase in price where price is a consideration. Where price isn't being considered there are better whiskies to be had but this is a mainstay for me whilst the price remains low. That being said I wouldn't pay £35 for this whisky...

28th November 2015


A good whisky, but for me this is not what Glen Moray does best. Lacks clout. For the money, I'd definitely go with the GM Chardonnay cask.

7th November 2015

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