Glen Moray 1998 19 year old (Cadenhead’s)
Bottle: Cadenhead’s authentic collection bottling.
Nose: Lemon meringue, lime and lemongrass. There’s also a whiff of bounty chocolate bars in there somewhere which I quite like.
Body: This one has distinct legs down the side of the glass. Heavier side of medium with a good mouth coat going on.
Palate: Lemon sherbet, haribo sours, cut grass and rock salt in the fade. Fresh and tart but a flattens out quickly after a lively start.
Finish: Decent length but a bit soapy in the finish. Meanders out to nowhere particularly interesting without being bad I suppose.
Neat/Ice/Water: 50.5%. A little water makes this more herbal and the sweetness gets a bit more saccharine. It kills the nose too. Neat.
Verdict: Quaffable. This is a sprinter not a marathon runner. It runs out of impetus all too quickly which is a shame after some promising opening moves. I love the first half with the nose being the best component while the second half gets more and more apologetic as it goes on. Not bad, but not great either. Released a couple of months ago as part of Cadenhead’s 175th anniversary year releases, this is now sold out. Only 156 bottles but don’t kill yourself tracking it down. Can’t exactly recall what I paid (£60ish?) but I wouldn’t go again. At the time I swerved at the last minute from the Glenfarclas I had originally decided on as I’d overheard this one being talked up in the London shop. Always trust your first instinct…