Glen Moray Regular & New Make Spirit

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I received these samples from Glen Moray for a twitter tasting in collaboration with the Whisky Wire. Though I wrote some notes down during the session and tweeted about them, I never took the time to incorporate them in a proper review. I’m using the left-overs of the former tasting now (those 10cl samples of new make were just too much to finish at once) to give them a proper send off, Pandemonium-style with a review.
Please keep in mind these are samples of an unfinished product for novelty purposes only, they are not representative of the final Glen Moray product in any way  Both served at 69.0% ABV, the regular cask filling strength!

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Nose: not that much, earthy peat, rubber, rubbing alcohol and wood smoke maybe?

Mouth: hot and intense (but what did you expect at this alcohol level?). Peat, vague hints of rhubarb, citrus, charcoal and a tad bit of salt.

Finish: drying, notes of salt, citrus and white pepper.

 

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Nose: a foaming washback, green malt, fermentation, always surprisingly fruity, grape juice and tiny whiffs of peat.

Mouth: short and hot, with paraffin, custard and fresh garden fruits.

Finish: short with juniper berries.

 

The Verdict: as for the peated new make, I actually liked it. It comes dangerously close to Ledaig territory, very similar to the youngish bourbon matured Ledaigs from Signatory Vintage. The regular new make spirit isn't bad either! Though it still seems miles away from the end product. The simple addition of peat gave the first sample of spirit so much more edge.

Score: 00

Nose: 00

Taste: 00
Finish: 00 Balance: 00
   < 75: undrinkable, avoid at all costs
75-79: acceptable, give it a try but don't spend to much money on it
80-84: average, enjoyable whiskies mostly easy sippable entry-level single malt 
85-89: above average drams, often well aged expressions, open your wallet
90-94: excellence, sorry kids no x-mas presents this year, daddy needs this bottle
95-99: divinity, call your bank manager for another mortgage on your house