Glen Moray 12 Year Old 1999 Provenance: a lovely Speyside whisky
The Glen Moray 12-Year-Old 1999 Provenance whisky is a buttery single malt with a round fruit that does not shy away from evolved notes of cream, vanilla, and dried flowers. On the palate, it flows like silk, smooth and driven by sustained alcohol content but never rough: we found it buried behind many more recent bottles, and we bought it on the fly.
The price of 60 euros is not bad for a bottle that, while not shining for originality or typicality, manages to maintain balance and impeccable pleasantness of the background.
It is a classic Speyside whiskey, therefore no peat, smooth fruit in evidence, delicate flowers that bloom here and there, well-defined sweet spices, with marked malt notes and tending to sugary due to excellent raw material.
Overall it is a whisky without treble, for better or worse; however, it flows: the sip is long and invites to drink.
As you well know, all the “Provenance” bottlings are special editions, selected and bottled by the legendary Douglas Laing, a bottler with a unique palate who chooses small batches of single malt barrels to enhance.
Nose with peaches in syrup, candied citrus, malt, butter, vanilla, and cinnamon. Everything is dosed with care and precision. Long and floral finish with caramel, cocoa, and nutty traces of nuts.
Warm mouth, full, but smooth, without roughness, furrowed by herbaceous touches. It moves with ease despite its rocky structure. Sapidity and citrus flavors soften the sip and give rhythm. Long finish, salty with butter, cream, and caramel.
A good Speyside whisky, fresh, spicy, but with a certain elegance. For those who love ephebic spirits.