Review: Glen Moray Elgin Classic Sherry Cask Finish

Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky

Origin: Glen Moray Distillery

Bottling: La Martiniquaise

ABV: 40%

Cost: £26.33 from Master of Malt £26.45 from The Whisky Exchange

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What they say:

Intense Oloroso sherry flavours marry with sweet vanilla oak to produce a whisky which has a wonderful depth of character

COLOUR:

Burnished Gold

NOSE:

Bursting with dried fruits, cinnamon and toffee candy.

TASTE:

Incredible layers of sweet vanilla oak, dark chocolate and oriental spice.

FINISH:

Satisfyingly long with a tingle of spice.

What I say:

The second sample in our Glen Moray tasting set was this relatively new Sherry Cask finish edition in their Elgin Classic range. Again no age declarations are bore upon them, however the rumour is that this expression was matured in American Oak (ex-bourbon) barrels and finished for no less than 8 months in ex-Oloroso sherry seasoned casks.

Colour:

Orange-hued amber (7/20) medium tears leave loose medium legs

Nose:

Fresh and zesty citrus fruits, orange oil and zest, candied peel, a little woody oak, cranberry, orange & cranberry granola bar, cereal barley malt, this has a robust nose, slightly dusty milled barley flour, red berries and hint of sun-baked leather, tannin and raspberry fruit tea

Taste:

Red berries and cream, tart first from the fruit then milky vanilla buttercream icing, sweet raspberry blancmange, malty and tannic oak, raisin, a little chocolate-covered, leather, cigar boxes with a hint of tobacco leaf, crystal malt (brewers)

Finish:

Medium, tart fruit, subtle pepper spice and tannic oak wood, bittering (cocoa/coffee)

Overall:

Very accomplished and a pleasantly surprising dram, it felt a little youthful in places but the sherry influence had been balanced against this beautifully to play alongside rather than disguise the underlying spirit characters. For the price again I wouldn’t be disappointed with this for an everyday lightly sherried whisky.

Score: 82/100

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