Day 9 A.D. Rattray Glen Moray 2007 | Blog #98

What Now 64.8%??? This is for me the highest ABV for a Single Malt Scotch or any kind of Scotch for that matter that I have tried.  This was one tight barrel kept somewhere dark away from the angels.

Grab your Angel’s Share water dropper I think it will come in real handy in a few minutes.

Glen Moray Distillery Glen Moray Distillery

Glen Moray is a Speyside Distillery that after starting life as a brewery was converted into a distillery in 1897. With their focus on the Aberlour distillery Glen Moray was closed in 1910. It sat idle until the mid 1920’s when it was purchased by the Glenmorangie company. It was sold again in 2008 to France’s 2nd largest spirits company La Martiniquaise. They utilize most of the spirit for their Blend No. 5.

A.D. Rattray Glen Moray 2007 – 8 Year Old Single Malt Aged in a sherry butt and bottles at the cask strength of 64.8% ABV. Cask number 900029.

Colour:     A fair old impact of the cask here as it is really richly reddish gold after only 8 years.

Nose:     Go softly into the fray good people. 64.8 is there lurking in the shadows like a big cat poised for passing prey. Keeping my nose a safe distance from the rim of my Samaroli I get some amazing tropical fruits, Ripe sweet pan fried banana bunch with caramel sauce. Note I have had plenty of practice nosing from a distance and softly going in to unveil the hidden secrets that some cask strength whiskies take time to give up. For those of you new to cask strength just take it really slowly. This is after all something you should be taking time over when the kids are all in bed and you have some quality time. Going back to it there is also a spicy savory note here almost like grinding some fresh peppercorn medley with the tiniest pinch of chili flakes over the bananas.

Palate:    Ba Boom….. I was ready for it and it was still big. Definite sherry influence here with semi sweet dried fruit, burnt orange and blackberry tart. Can’t wait to water this and see what happens.

Finish:     Warming all the way down, tingly and massive as you would expect from a monster ABV. The savory pepper comes back at the death as the fruit takes a backseat.

Water:     Lightens up the nose and is more like candy bananas now with a ton more citrus on the palate and lingering seemingly longer. I actually liked the nose full strength better but have to admit that for sitting and sipping purposes that adding water just smoothes everything out and tames this wee beastie adding even some floral notes to intermingle at the end.

What an amazing experience having such a high ABV Scotch. This was added for impact folks and I’m sure it has fulfilled it’s purpose with impunity.

**My mate Joshua Hatton over at Jewmalt is blogging every day through the 2nd edition. Check out his take on the Glen Moray HERE

Buying a bottle of this is definitely a bottle and a half worth. You can grab one of the 60 bottles from these fine retailers:



Co-Op Wine Spirits Beer

Zyn The Wine Market



Andrew Hilton



Wine and Beyond

Everything Wine and More


Last Year on this day we tasted the Samaroli 17 Year Old Glenfarclas in Blog #41


Well I can promise a very different tack tomorrow as we head back to that wee isle that so many love with another Samaroli offering.

Can’t wait…




  1. Whiskylassie says:

    I wish more Glen Moray would make its way to Canada. Having been to the distillery and tried so many fascinating drams there, it’s refreshing to see this review and that it’s available in Alberta!

    Nicely done sir!

    • Jonathan Bray says:

      Thanks Lassie, Sorry that nothing from the second edition calendar is coming your way this year. We had started working with someone in the Maritimes but it didnt pan out. Have you secured a bottle of Velvet FIg yet? If not let me know and we can figure something out.

  2. Chris Demeule says:

    I really liked this at full strength; when I added water the flavours became… acidic, sharp, and hard. But with a note of sherry on the finish. I like this but a few more years in the barrel are in order to smooth things out.

  3. obiscott says:

    This was a treat. I got an email when my dad first opened his and he was not a fan. Burned everything from nose to toes he said. I however really like the chewiness of this one.

    Agree it is a powerful dram to be approached slowly and with enough recovery time between sips. The nose had a "something" that was a clear and distinct to me as any of the ones so far but do you think I can put a label to it. I want to say a nut of some kind – powdered but not sure – it makes me itchy trying!!

    I am loving this but it may have to be the end of catch up night 1 for me as my toes are warm and tingling.

  4. Merle says:

    Just out of curiosity, is there any word from A.D.Rattray on the origins of this bottle? There seems to be a discrepancy with another bottling. Scotch Single Malt Circle has this one:
    It has the same cask number, bottling date and mammoth ABV, but has a slightly different distillation date and age statement. I suspect a split cask, but if that’s the case, why would the distillation date be different? It seems like someone might have their labeling screwed up (I’d bet it’s not Rattray though)… naughty naughty, says SWA. 🙂

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