Turning water and wine into whisky
Glen Moray has unveiled three limited edition ‘wine-finish’ expressions for its annual Distillery Edition release, each one bursting with the flavours of full maturation in hand-selected Chardonnay, Burgundy and Chenin Blanc casks respectively.
The three expressions in the 2020 Distillery Edition range have been fully matured in ex-wine casks for between 16 and 17 years.
Nose: Opens with sweet freshly cut pineapples drizzled in toffee sauce then sprinkled with white pepper. A very sweet and enticing aroma.
Taste: Raspberry jam and freshly buttered warm toast, followed by hints of bubblegum and citrus. A flavour which is subtly complex.
Finish: Drier wood spices coming to the fore and leaving you wanting more.
Nose: Aromas of almond and marzipan are at the forefront, covering over lighter notes of fresh orange peel and pine resin.
Taste: A first sip brings out flavours of chocolate coated cherries with a slight earthy note hiding in the background. With the slightest drop of water this is allowed to become more pronounced along with a previously hidden tang of lemongrass.
Finish: The grand finale of this whisky is a crescendo of spices filling the palate with a glorious warmth.
Nose: A delightful combination of pear drops and freshly made camomile tea. A robust honeycomb and apple pairing completes the wonderful flavours exuding from the glass.
Taste: Ginger and Seville orange create the opening salvo of a flavour laden explosion on the palate. Tropical fruits mingle with camomile notes, with almonds following the strong opening.
Finish: With all its opening intensity this whisky softly fades into a whisper of ginger, floral hints and a mineral finale.
All three expressions are non-chill filtered, bottled at cask strength and are naturally coloured. They are available to buy at the distillery, which has reopened and is open Monday to Friday from 9am until 5pm. Visitors are asked to pre-book tastings and café visits but note that distillery tours are not currently available. To know more about visiting or purchasing the new whiskies give Iain and the team at Glen Moray Distillery a call on 01343 550900.
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Disclaimer: we received miniature samples in order to try the new whiskies before writing about them.