In the Yaesu Shopping mall in the middle of a busy train station, there sits an impressive bottle shop. It’s packed from floor to ceiling with liquors and whiskies. Like many Japanese liquor stores, Hasegawa allows you to purchase drams to try. We tasted half a dozen drams before making off with this bottle. This helps derisk the ~$80 purchase of a ten year old whisky bottle.
- Score - 8/108/10
Nose: Very malty. Breakfast cereal, honeydew melon, plum sherbet. Bright pineapple, musky vanilla perfume, oranges and lemons, white chocolate, just a hint of briny salt water.
Palate: Starts out with rich chocolate, vanilla, and oak, still retains some of the melon and plum notes from the nose. Sweet honey, almond joy, caramel, sugar. Sort of like cinnamon toast crunch without the cinnamon, very sweet and cereal. Acid from oranges, bite of pepper at the end.
- ABV: 57.6% ABV
- Bottle 27/66
- No added color, non chill filtered
- Distilled in 2007, bottled in 2017
About Glen Moray
- Glen Moray is a Speyside distillery, located in Elgin on the banks of the river Lossie.
- The distillery is owned by La Martiniquaise which uses most of the spirit in blends.
- Glen Moray has 3 wash and spirit stills and a capacity of 3.3M liters per year, but like every other distillery in Scotland, they’re expanding and targeting 5.5M years of production per year.
- Blackadder is an independent bottler, named after Bishop John Blackadder, the historical Scottish figure. Not the show. Sorry Baldrick!
- Blackadder are relatively new, founded in 1995. They’re also generally on the high end.
- This whisky is part of their “Raw Cask” series, which consists of whiskies bottled directly from the cask without even mechanical filtering.