Lucky number 13 of the BTC. This one is a vatting of 3 casks from Glen Moray distillery. Yet another one I’m not very clued up on (my preferences tend more towards the Islay/Island side of things), apparently the driving malt behind the Label 5 blend, it sits near Elgin in Speyside (ironically my initial guess it was a Glen Elgin, a nearby distillery named for the town).
Initial impressions: Light colour, many bubbles. Thin beads. Smells quite light.
Guess: Craigellachie 2007 Maltbarn (https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/93190/craigellachie-2007-mba)
Aged 24 years. 50.9% ABV. Matured in bourbon hogsheads. No colourant added, non-chill filtered and bottled at batch strength.
Nose: Slight ethanol. Sponge cake. Lemon curd. Peaches. Tropical fruits. Balsa wood. Vanilla. Green bananas. Grass.
Palate: Bitter wood at first. Then sweet fruits, wet grass, lemon and vanilla, and then some more bitter wood and herbal honey.
Finish: Long, dry. Herbal honey. Wood spice. Citrus oils.
Would I buy this: No
Would I order this in a bar: No
Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes
This one felt a lot younger and weaker than it really is. Aside from that it was also very generic so I don’t really have mich to say about it for better or worse. While challenging as an entry in a blind tasting competition, it’s not a very fun drinking whisky.