Glen Moray 10 Years Old Chardonnay Cask Matured Special Reserve (Official Bottling)

40% ABV, £25 for 70cl.

Score 76/100

What they say:

Glen Moray Single Malt Scotch Whisky has been distilled in the city of Elgin since 1897. Elgin, the capital of Speyside, lies at the heart of Scotland’s most famous malt whisky producing region. The city is situated within the Laich of Moray, also known as the Granary of Scotland and is famous for its malting barley and mild, even climate – hence the ancient saying proclaiming that it has more sunshine than any other part of the country.

Glen Moray 10 Years Old Chardonnay Cask is matured in traditional low-roofed warehouses allowing the malt’s well-rounded character to emerge. The full maturation in Chardonnay casks creates distinctive fruity butterscotch flavours as the whisky mellows, lightly toasted noted develop. Glen Moray 10 Years Old Chardonnay Cask is a fine example of a Speyside Single Malt Scotch that can be enjoyed on its own or served over ice, ideal for drinking at any time.

What I say:

Bought for £25 from Morrisons supermarket [shelf price] as I was interested in the cask maturation and have already reviewed the Glen Moray entry level Classic. Chardonnay is a green-skinned grape used to make white wine, originating in the Burgundy and Chablis regions of France but now used all over. Chardonnay grapes are thought to have quite a neutral character in terms of wine flavouring, allowing the oak and terroir to impart maximal qualities to the final flavour of the wine. The fementation of Chardonnay grapes allows for either buttery (malic acid) or green apple (lactic acid) flavours depending on how the grapes are allowed to break down. Charring of the oak casks used allows the development of such flavours as caramelcreamsmokespicecoconutcinnamoncloves and vanilla. Chardonnay grapes are also heavily used in the Champagne region of France, and subsequently production of Champagne. Chardonnay grapes are also used for viticulture and wine production worldwide including of note, Italy and throughout new world wine territories including North America [California, New York and Canada], Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

Colour:

Rich gold

Nose:

Vanilla, slightly musty oak wood and candied peel [oranges and lemons]

Taste:

Vanilla, caramel, toffee, butterscotch, a light white pepper spice develops when held in the mouth

Finish:

Actually pretty long and vaporous,the drying white grape flavours really linger

Would I buy it again:

I’m actually rather taken with this whisky. It has a slightly drying but sweet quality like the Chardonnay from whose casks it is matured. This makes a wonderful summer whisky or a serial drammer as you could keep going back for more and more. I’d be happy to keep buying this at this price.

Don’t take my word for it:

Read what Nick thinks at Whisky Waffle