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Glen Moray Elgin Classic

(70cl, 40%)

Glen Moray Elgin Classic

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Glen Moray Elgin Classic Bottling Note

This "Classic" expression is the entry level bottling from the Glen Moray distillery.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

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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Glen Moray Elgin Classic Reviews


The worst whisky I have ever tasted. It is like a very bad Grappa, I will never buy this again.

7th October 2020

Best value on the market today period.

I am giving this whisky 5 stars not because it's the best I've ever had but because it is priced essentially the same as most blends. This is a proper single malt, distilled at one of the most hands on distilleries in Scotland and casked extremely well. If this bottle said another name on it this whisky would be 2-3x the price. This is a favourite of locals around Speyside and Inverness, that should be enough to convince one to buy.

27th September 2020

Average, drinkable, easygoing

Elgin Classic...
Bought for me as a present.
I'm more into Islays, but this is drinkable as an everyday alternative.

26th September 2020

Great budget whisky

For the price you cant go wrong with the classic! Its light with a nice finish, definitely good for first time whisky drinkers rather than a seasoned enthusiast. The aftertaste varies each sip, but definitely worth the price!

24th September 2020

Excellent daily whiskey

It is so smooth and well balanced but has a couple of sofistiscated fruity notes that are highly enjoyable. For a £20 bottle it is superb value for money and as a Yorkshire man I don't say that very often!

22nd September 2020


It was a present so really wanted to like it. However, it’s medicinal quality and after-taste disappoints. It’s at best “just OK” which is far from adequate.

30th August 2020


People here are reviewing two different whiskies, the elgin classic and the peated/ malt version, they are like chalk and cheese actually ! the elgin classic is light floral and very moorish, the smoke is very moorish but only to a minority palate, both are really good value and at just over your run of the mill blended stuff costwise you really cannot go wrong at this price.

20th July 2020

Nice budget scotch that punches way above its belt

Don’t be put off by the snobs down voting this. For twenty quid it punches way above its belt. Obviously a fifty quid bottle tastes better but not THAT much better. Like not over twice as good. But this DOES taste twice as good as similar price range offerings such as Jamesons or Jack Daniels.

16th July 2020

Basic is sometimes basic

It's hard to be too critical with a dram at this price point. Even so, this single malt continues to be among my least favorite. Very grainy, simple, with vanilla and some citrus and farm funk. I prefer their finishes, especially the sherry cask.

5th July 2020

Extremely drinkable in

Very nice on the rocks 👍👌

28th June 2020

Good for the price and its from speyside !!!

Im a regular Single malt whisky drinker . I found Glen moray smooth and simple . Havent got very many notes and complexity but then its not oak aged but distilled in speyside . For the price and quality its very good . You can pull out your more complex malts on special occasions indeed.

11th June 2020


Do not screw around with what works. Glenmoray drinker for years this is rubbish. Wasted my money never again

29th May 2020

Would I buy again ..yes .

Have to agree with some of the reviews ..found this very harsh burning whisky for a single malt ..but ended up being a very pleasant tipple but only after the level of the bottle dropped to around half ...full this one improved once the bottle had been exposed to the air ...

21st May 2020

Spot on daily sipping malt

There are two of these One peated the other not.
The bottles and the boxes are almost identical but they differ in that the peated one has a pale blue bottom third. Not noticable if your not concentrating of if someone else is picking one up for you with only the name on a shopping list to go by.
The tastes are completely different. I prefer a non peated malt but have tried the other by mistake. Picked up the malted. Didn't happen again. Be careful in shops where they put them on the shelves not in the box. The labels are almost the same. Enjoy (either one)

7th May 2020

Every day dram

I recently received a bottle as a gift and i have thoroughly enjoyed every drop i think that at this price its remarkably good value and a definite contender for an everyday dram

4th May 2020

Excellent entry level malt for beginners and experienced scotch drinkers alike

Opens with a fresh, grassy note. Mild palate, with light oak overtones. Smooth finish with slightly nutty palate. Very small yet detectable traces of peat. A drop of water does wonders for bringing this malt's subtleties to the fore. An approachable single malt for beginners, and a satisfactory "everyday" malt for the more experienced scotch drinker. Great value for money.

17th April 2020

Great price for an above average single with this much nuance.

The nose came on with a water splash and some breathing in the glass. Light on the tongue where the florals appear. A bit more peat smoke in the finish than I usually like, but certainly more robust and assertive that it should be at this very good price.

22nd March 2020

Great for the wallet and pallet.

An introductory scotch that's full of flavor. Seeing this amongst a sea of Glenlivet, Glenfiddich, Macallan, Whyte & Mackay, and Chivas, I chose this scotch one night. At $22 dollars a bottle, I figured worse case it will go into my party rack on my bar. However, it went straight into my personal rack. This scotch was more akin to a 60 dollar single malt. The perfect amount of smoke and peat to close the night. Not too heavy on the pallet, but perfectly balanced. Just like a good scotch should be. I would happily share this amongst my whiskey snobs.

17th March 2020

Best with cheese

Enough port to enjoy with cheese! I’m surprised that the tasting notes don’t mention port specifically.

22nd February 2020

Very good for the money, not challenging.

There are some reviews for this which must be confusing it with something else, it’s light and not peaty. Good for the price, fairly simple but it is £20, so what can you expect.

23rd January 2020


I can’t believe all the bad reviews I’m reading. This is not harsh in the slightest. Really nice easy drinking. No strong flavours. Cheap as chips. Not my first and won’t be my last glen moray.

29th December 2019

Strong smokey peated whiskey.

You either like Marmite or you don’t........decent finish and better with a drop of water. At £20 it’s a steal.

24th December 2019

not necessary

not good, taste it not nice like medicine.

11th November 2019

Don't buy it

Awful. Harsh and artificial. Give me the west coast malts which aren't "peated".

28th October 2019

Why change a good thing very disappointed

My husband has drunk Glen Moran classic for many many years and loved the lightness and taste. Now it is very dark in colour and not nice at all .such a shame as have been an avid drinker of this for years. Because they have changed it won't be buying anymore

16th October 2019

A steal.....

For the price I currently pay (£20) I consider this an ideal easy drinking whiskey , to complex at all, but what do you expect at that price point?

8th October 2019

Beyond good value

A decent during the week drink that is light, fragrant and represents excellent value for money

Some of the reviewers here need to get over themselves. This is available, as I type, in Sainsbury’s for £18. A steal.

31st August 2019

Great value

My favourite easy drinker is a Glenlivet 12 (thank got they brought it back to the UK!), so in comparison, for £18 for a bottle of single malt speyside, this is phenomenal - definitely add a cube of ice to bring the flavours out!

Manage your expectations, for the price point, this is class.

28th July 2019

Great value for money!

Well, as a Belgian I'm in Changchun too and I 've just bought this whisky for less than 200 yuan at Walmart and I must say... it's great value for money!!!

18th July 2019

A good alternative, Price to Quality, regulare use!

Hey guys, that's not a bad whiskey! OK, I like Lagavulin from the age of 16 Years (I started with it). Sure, my favourites are smokers, but I live in China for many years and every time I just have a drink, I mostly can only buy a 10-year-old Talisker whiskey, come on. I find this whiskey at the local METRO Supermarket in Changchun (North China). And as I read in a whiskey description book:
"There is never a bad or worse whiskey, there are only whiskey´s that you like or you don´t not like!"
This is easy, just give that whiskey a chance, try it out and make your own choice!
Joey a German in China ;)

23rd June 2019

Not a Good Malt - Class F

Its got to be the worst malt whisky I have ever drunk, it's harsher than most blended types. Only worth drinking with a mixer to get rid of the harshness or just buy a blended.

19th June 2019

A good drinker

A bottle of this recently kept my hip flask filled and refilled for a week’s walking around the Highlands. It’s a no-frills, pleasant, mellow drinker. Is it going to be anyone’s favourite ? No. Will it win any awards? No. But put a bottle down by the side of you and you can drink it all night long (or stick it in a hip flask and sip your way through miles of mountains).

6th April 2019

Excellent value for a decent single malt

This whisky has been £16 in Aldi for as long as I can remember. For this price it represents unbeatable value for money. It’s very light in colour which indicates no or very little caramel colouring has been added. Matured in first fill bourbon casks, there are no off notes in this whisky. It is light and simple with not a massive amount of complexity but there are subtle notes of green fruits and the dominating malty taste is really enjoyable. A splash of cold water or a small melted ice cube really opens this up. Excellent value for a decent single malt. Enjoy

5th April 2019

3 and a half stars

If I was blindfolded and tasted this whisky, I would judge it as a middle-range quality malt. Flavours subtle rather than distinct but at £163.16, my purchase price it represents amazing value.

1st March 2019

Cheap, better than a blend, but still a little disappointing.

Perfectly drinkable, pleasant smell. Slightly acid but not harsh to taste, but no complexity of the flavour. Probably better with a drop of water, because it tastes slightly watered compared to a nice peaty malt.

23rd February 2019

Not to be sneezed at - dilute to wake the flavours

So easy to be snotty but this is a lovely speyside. I take my scotch with eater or soda and this is a diffrent drink with both. Fruity (lemony mainly) and floral it gives up gingerbread and gingercake on the palate with a finish that was marmalady. At higher dilutions of soda I got a deligtful bitter almond / marzipan note which only developed as I mixed with food (nuts on this occasion) An amazing £18 worth.

17th February 2019

Unpleasant medicinal flavour.

There is nothing I can pick out that's good about this whisky. It tastes just like TCP. I honestly don't think I'll be able to finish this whisky which has never happened before.

1st February 2019

Foul. This aint whisky.

Never tried anything like it!.
I'm getting a bit of the vanilla it is very light, But when you wash it down it just tastes "medicated" and leaves a "foul" taste in your mouth.
So disappointing!!

24th January 2019

Very poor.

Very poor. Harsh, immature spirit, tasting only of smoke, nothing else whatsoever. Left an unpleasant aftertaste in the mouth. May be relatively cheap but not a patch, remotely, on good quality malts regularly on offer for a couple of quid more at the supermarket. Avoid.

23rd January 2019

If you were expecting a good single malt you’d be disappointed...

Agree totally with the negative reviews below: I like single malts but this has a nasty bitter taste - ‘have also tasted many better blended whiskies. One to avoid.

21st January 2019

Mild and mellow single malt offering exceptional value for money

No need to be a snob. This is a great whisky for the price. (around 20 quid a bottle).
It definitely benefits from allowing a cube of ice to half-melt which releases more of the flavour.
I find it smooth with a nicely rounded caramel flavour to it.
I blind tested Glen Moray (a single malt) against a Chivas Regal (a blend) , both of which were Christmas gifts. Sorry to say the Chivas was immediately recognisable as having an industrial alcohol smell and a harsh taste. The Moray on the other hand is very mild and mellow and subtle. It is my new go-to dram, closely followed by J.W. Black (a lovely blend)

21st January 2019

Classic don't mean..'classic'

They call this 'young' for a reason.. it is simple.. very un-complex.. and light. it does have a nice brightness to it.. but that's about all.

9th January 2019

An Experience not to forget

Over a period of forty years I have been fortunate to try many blended whiskies and my preferred topple is malt, always neat with no ice or water. This particular blend is very poor which delilivers a sharp acid burning experience and nothing else

30th December 2018

Great value

Five stars only for the price, best entry level scotch on the market. Remember it’s a Speyside, if you want peaty buy from a different region.

30th December 2018


What a disappointment, have tasted better blended whiskies- too medicinal, harsh and acidic. Do yourself a favour and spend a couple of £ more and get a decent single malt. Cheap just doesn’t work with whiskies

31st October 2018

The perfect price and easy going flavour for an introduction to whisky.

I would never recommend such a young whisky to beginners as they are often a bit rough on the throat. Until I had this. Extremely light and a little sweet. Very easy to drink. A light tingle on the lips and tongue at the first sip. I drank this neat. A pleasant surprise for a whisky so young.

9th September 2018

excellent for it's price

very good whisky, best buy for it's price. mild and plesent tast, nice flavour.

8th September 2018

Very tasty scotch

I thought it was excellent; this was the first time I ever tried it, but it will not be the last bottle I purchase.

12th August 2018

Did you try the PEATED version?

I have the Glen Moray Elgin Classic PEATED and it's quite peaty for a Speyside (great value for when you don't want to deplete your Islays). However, HERE we're not reviewing that, we're reviewing the unpeated expression. And I can firmly assert that at least half of the negative reviewers accidentally bought the PEATED bottle and didn't know what to expect. Sure, peated malts are not for everyone, but if you drink Scotch, you should at least be aware and read your labels.

And people talking about color? A lighter color is great, it means less E150a colorant (or hopefully none at all). Color tells you NOTHING about scotch whisky quality. This is just a light, unassuming entry-level malt meant as a great introduction to single malt. Sure, it's a NAS but it costs appropriately.

24th July 2018


the best whisky I ever tasted regarding the price

1st July 2018

Good drinking whisky

Nice palpable and smooth
I liked it, hard to imagine why some people rated it so low.

17th June 2018

Excellent, mild

Extraordinary good whisky, regarding the price the best whisky I ever tasted, I can warmly recommend :)

12th June 2018


Its like germolene in liquid form. So clinical . Awful for a single malt.

29th April 2018

Not so nice

Nothing special about it, hint of citrus. wont be able to finish off the bottle, not buying again.

28th April 2018

Decent. Pleasant.

A decent scotch for the price. I suspect it needs to be stored in the dark and the lighter notes won't hold up long after opened. A pleasant lift that leaves you believing you are clear headed.

21st April 2018

Easy on palate and good value

Pleasant whisky and a bargain at Morrisons for £16. A little sweet perhaps but fruity and easy to drink. Other comments seem to vary enormously, are we talking the same product, my comments apply to the standard Elgin Classic NOT the peated version.

11th April 2018

Not the best

Has a hint of the medicinal about it.

22nd March 2018

You deserve better

The palate jumps from wet carpet to wet cardboard with a plastic coating on the finish.

18th March 2018

A good staple

A nice, drinkable whisky when served with ice. Will buy again if the price is right.

24th February 2018

Loved it

Does simplicity well, a solid dram

22nd February 2018

Trout and bleach.

Never found a whiskey I couldn't finish before...

12th February 2018

Hmmm Very interesting

Read quite a few reviews. Some helpful others laughable . Now I'm convinced I must give this a try.

24th January 2018

Good whiskey

Bought for me Christmas 2016. Waited to drink it now as more whiskey has come my way and I mostly drink wine. Very pleasant surprise- smooth, doesn’t burn, much better than a “double” at the end of the evening in a pub or restaurant. Drink it and enjoy- don’t be too critical.

7th January 2018

After Famous Grouse, No thank you.

After drinking Famous Grouse and Monkey Shoulder and liking those, especially Grouse, gave this a try. Sorry, undrinkable for my palate. I'm not sure if it's the peat or what that flavor is, but disgusting.

28th December 2017

You get what you pay for

Like many here, I grabbed this for the price, while suspiciously eyeing the price alongside it's shelfmates. I had also never bought a single malt without its age on the bottle. More room for skepticism. Bottom line, as a casual whisky drinker, I found this neither as foul as the worst reviews here--get over yourself, snobs!--nor as grand as the best. It's whisky, drink it and shut up. You get what you pay for. Everything nowadays has an entry-level product/pricepoint. Usually made in China. Assuming this isn't, we're already ahead of the game.

I had some last night, with ice and water. When that didn't suit, I added some more and topped it off with coke. Problem solved.

24th December 2017

A pleasant wee number.

I`ve never tasted rocket fuel either but if it tastes as nice as this wee whisky, then I say `Lucky Rockets` :-)
People have different tastes. Some of the comments on here are over the top.People sometimes do that to make themselves appear experts.

18th December 2017

For price amazing

Citrus, soft with viccy sponge finish. Easy dramming, for the price give it a go

12th December 2017

Worst whisky I've ever tasted

I've never tasted rocket fuel but having tasted Elgin Classic I would imagine there is definitely a similarity.

1st November 2017

Good for the price.

A very drinkable single malt at a fair price. If however, you want to spend about £2.00. More, you can get a 70cl bottle of Chivas Regal which in my opinion blows this Glen Moray away.

28th December 2016

glenmoray elgin is super BUT .....

why does your ' peated ' single malt have an unpleasantly strong medicinal taste ?

27th November 2016

Sweetness isn't everything

An overwhelming, even cloying, sweetness overlays any other subtleties that might be hiding in the flavour. This is one for those who like their cordials undiluted!

7th October 2016

Nice and cheap

Bought a bottle of this yesterday. Hot summer day. Paid 15 euro's. In the evening, just after sunset, drunk this with ice.........

20th July 2016

Nice Suprise

Bought for me as a present liked the smokey oakey taste. I think whiskey is a personal thing dependent on our individual palates.

16th July 2016

What else have they got

Mentioned as an entry level whisky, it's o.k to drink better than some iv'e tried in the price range, would try more from this distillery.

6th July 2016

My sort of malt along with Old Pulteney

In my top two easy drinking "kitchen cupboard" malts so far, along with the slightly more characterful Old Pulteney.
Chosen after an entire night on a Brittany Ferries voyage, which offered a continuous free tasting of dozens of malts. What an education that was.
Try Gen Moray over a really good quality vanilla ice cream ! Delicious but not for the purist, which I am not.

Glen Moray : "Soft and easy".

9th June 2016


Citrus items stands out in the palate. Less dry than the Teeling Small Batch that it closely resembles. Light, easy drinking. Refreshing but underwhelming finish.

30th May 2016


This is awesome for the price very light and tangy lots of honey and citrus with a nice green apple finish very equivalent to Glenlivet 12 imo definitely want to try the 12 and 16 from this distillery simple but good very old fashioned.The sugarbear

10th May 2016


I dismissed this scotch at first but on perservering it does offer more. I tried it in a Glencairn glass and it was a little harsh all round but in a tumbler it gives more of the subtle undertones that come through the young elements. Quite pleasent.

3rd May 2016


Sorry to say that but it is like a rocket fuel. Now matter how much you try to taste it its leave very sharp taste of pure alcohol on your tongue. Your throat felt like it's on fire.Overall good to get a drunk for the price.

30th April 2016

Not Great

On the nose it is promising but that's as good as it gets unfortunately, definitely young and quite harsh. I'd get a decent popular blend like Grants for when you don't want to spend too much on a single malt. It's drinkable but I won't buy again.

28th April 2016

It's cheap and nasty

Come on now. Reviews after reviews were effusive about this single malt while I was spluttering in shock at every neat sip. I thought I was getting it wrong, but no, this is one tough whisky to drink. Quickly added some rocks and water and it goes in better but leaves a distinct bitter taste in the palate. Colour is unimpressive, age unknown/unstated.

Pay half and get nothing, pay full and get the right stuff.

15th April 2016

Cheap & Cheerful

It's not The McCallan 25 but, then again, it's 1/10 the price.
It's entirely acceptable to the average palate and even the Whisky expert would probably find it not without merit.
It costs the same sort of money as the average blended Whisky but without the usual foulness which besets most blends.
Very good value for money.

25th March 2016

Little Gem

When I purchased this bottle my expectation was very low.... however, I was very pleasantly surprised, it is light, fresh, citrusy and very accessible. I had this along side The Glenlivet 12 and preferred the Glen Moray by a considerable margin

21st March 2016


This is often on offer in Tesco for £18-£20-ish.
It's not a complex whisky but it's very quaffable & easy to drink.
When you can get a decent enough single malt at bargain basement prices why bother with blended?
I'd recommend this without hesitation.

13th March 2016

Suprise ! and less than 20 quid.

This is my first Glen Moray Elgin ever as I've read bad reviews so I've always walked pass but at a give away price at Christmas I bought it and left it in the kitchen till now. I love a Speyside Malt but only with a bit of age to it and as for any thing that's bottled as soon as its cold, so to my surprise I enjoyed a large one after dinner followed a pleasing second. I won't pass a Glen Moray again as the price makes it a good drinking Whisky and I shall be looking for a 10 yr or 16 yr for my sipping treat in future.

25th January 2016


Not a bad drink for the price, refreshing citrus flavours are strong and lasting, a solid and decent drink

22nd January 2016

a must try

Ive had just about every scotch on the market, for the price, its unbelievable, i absolutely will rate this in my top 10, beating out some of the more expensive scotchs ive had. i stumbled upon this by sheer accident, and ive been an avid consumer since, this is everything you could want in a scotch, affordable enough for the rest of us.

16th January 2016


I found it had a horrible finish and left a very furry feeling in the mouth

3rd January 2016

Mr K

Very surprised by this whiskey given the price, it's surprisingly pleasant and easy to drink.

30th December 2015

Mando Dave

Great value, simple, light, summer and citrus . Young finish . I keep it in for the whisky mac.
Don't expect a aged complex and you won't be disappointed .

21st December 2015

Good value scotch

Sweet, buttery and warming. Easy to drink, very enjoyable at that price bracket.

16th December 2015

Light Mild and easy to drink

Having a preference for Speyside Malts , I was delighted to try this from a supermarket at £17 a bottle. I really quite enjoyed it, not a Glenlivet or Glenfiddich, but most acceptable. I shall be buying more.

27th October 2015

Better than you would think

When you start out drinking whiskey and taste Glenfiddich 12y, and Aberfeldy 12y, you begin to develop the taste for a better aged scotch. This was my first swing at an single malt without an age attached to the bottle. This single malt will not disappoint, their is plenty to nose and taste that will leave one pleasantly surprised when you compare what you spent to get this bottle in comparison to some other whiskeys in your collection.

20th October 2015

Not so good

Stay away from this one, although passable as a low price malt there are much better blends at a cheaper price. Spend a bit more and get a quality malt. I struggled to get any of the flavours mentioned in the tasting notes.

14th October 2015

Foul Taste, Do not give as a gift or you will loose friends!

I have tried many whiskies, staring with cheaper mixes and now on single malts. This is the most foul tasting drink i have ever poured, and i have had to read reviews to make sure that it was not just my bottle that had been contaminated in some way. Anyone wishing to start drinking whisky, do not start with this rubbish, it will put you off! Ive now mixed 50ml with 1 pint of cola and it still tastes RANK. Spend another £5 and get a decent malt.

27th September 2015

I'm better than you

I liked it, it wasn't ancient magic in a bottle, it wasn't extreme deep and rich, but it was nice, light and refreshing. Almost a wine quality on the nose, grassy citrus on the tongue. But when I saw the price, only $25 a bottle, I was offended and betrayed. It was drinkable until I saw it was inexpensive, now I'd rate 0/10 stars. I'm classier than most people, so I only drink $50 and up single malts, (but I only drink $100 and up if people are watching).

16th September 2015

A great little single malt

Glen Moray have a slight marketing issue with this loveley little dram. It is,quite rightly, sold, packaged and advertised as a Speyside Single Malt. No argument there.

If you're looking for a 15 year old Glenlivet then forget it. Glen Moray is a non age statement single malt at a budget price. I buy it in my local store for £19. At this price it comes in well under most premium brand blends.

It's a young, refreshing single malt with no pretentions at all. Clean, citrus and vanilla predominate but there is no grain whisky dullness to muddy the experience.

As a wine drinker I would liken it to a Beaujolais Nouveau. If Glen Moray marketed it as such it would generate a great following.

Let it open in the glass for 10 minutes then add a drop of water. You won't be let down. I love this dram.

15th August 2015

Lovely little tipple

I really enjoy Glen Moray - I drink a lot of single malts, and am certainly always happy to pick this up. Can be found at a real bargain price, but don't let that put you off.
A smooth flavour, & I find a pretty gentle finish (which doesn't lead to heartburn as some can!). Give it a whirl, especially if a 'first timer'

3rd July 2015

Well-done Bargain!

Don't listen to these fools with the low ratings! This may be the best bargain in single malts. Not complex to be sure but great balance and taste. A sweet easy-drinker. One of my favorites and I've had many at many price points! Also note - this dram much better than the disappointing Glen Moray 16yo.

16th June 2015

Has its place in the library of malts

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

No E in Scotch.

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!

6th May 2015

good shit very citrus y

I don't get the complaints this is good whisky I have tried them all I like this better than Glenlivet12.

2nd March 2015

Bargain single malt

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

The first malt I've ever had that needs to breath.

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

You need to leave it open a long time...

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 lavender
palate: 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

Chris W

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

First time

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

meth sprit

not worth 4 bucks. total rubbish. should be called paint thinner

17th October 2014

Cleaning agent ?

Sorry, didn't 'star' it


14th October 2014

Cleaning agent ?

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.


14th October 2014

Great Value Malt

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

len williams south wales

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

A very easy drinker!

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

Not half bad

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

I'm not picky, but...

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

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

Can't beat it...$$ for $$ best on the market !

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

Super spul alleen wat duur hier!!

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

A great whisky

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

ok for the orice

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

Surprisingly Flavorful

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

Mike Duncan

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

Not bad!

This man stole my review exactly.

27th December 2013

Good choice for a mild Speyside Malt

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

not bad

1. I am not a dedicated scotch drinker
2. When I drink scotch it is 12 year old Glen Livet
3. 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)


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.

4th November 2013


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.

14th October 2013


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

Arrggghhh... !!!!

Rough. Wouldn't recommend it. Same category as JDs same tastes. Just bad. Can't even mix it.

17th August 2013

Don't waste your money

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.

12th July 2013

i can drink it with cola

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

Newbie rating

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

Great stuff.

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

A little gem

For the price an excellent Malt with much depth.

19th February 2013

It's £25 what u expect

For the money a very smooth and sweet drink very Recomended unless your stuck up your own ass

25th December 2012

Forgot to add Rating to Absolute bargain review

As a sub £20 malt this rates 10 out of 10

23rd October 2012

Absolute bargain

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.

23rd October 2012


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

Horray moray!

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

Pretty good

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

nutter king

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!

9th May 2012



11th March 2012

Nick Cromie

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

Gentle and modestly undestated

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

It's fantastic

I love it and it's amazing in apple pies

26th September 2011

Underrated bargain

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

underrated bargain

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.

17th July 2011

underrated bargain

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.

17th July 2011

Quite a nasty taste

Disappointing flavour, in fact quite a nasty taste. Not sure what to use it for now. No mention of age.

25th August 2010

No lingering flavour

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

OOOOF a bit harsh

OK as a cleaning agent or in medical emergencies but not one for the fireside.

16th November 2009

Age statement missing

Dear MasterOfMalt, is it a replacement of the 8yo edition or a new whisky with other age?
Best Regards.

29th September 2009

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