Whisky Review: Glen Moray Distillery Edition 1994 Sherry Cask Finish

Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky

Origin: Glen Moray Distillery

Bottling: La Martiniquaise

ABV: 56.7%

Cost: £125 distillery exclusive

img_54781

What they say:

A 1994 single cask, first matured in a first-fill bourbon barrel and then finished in a first-fill Oloroso sherry butt since December 2010. Master distiller and distillery manager Graham Coull explained that after the transfer, the bourbon notes were initially masked by the sherry but gradually returned as the sherry was more integrated.

What I say:

Another sample from the #GlenMoray tweet tasting pack we received during our visit to Glen Moray Distillery is this, their first of a series of interesting casks they have maturing in the warehouse encompassing all variety of wine-finishes. This was distilled in 1994 and bottled 2016 for the tasting, having spent 6 years in a sherry cask.

Colour:

Blood red (13/20) imperceptibly slow fine tears leave medium-fine legs

Nose:

Peaches, both canned peaches in syrup and peach sweeties/candies, vanilla cream, toffee, Caramac, butterscotch, bramble balsamic vinegar, red fruits including cherries and plums

Taste:

Spiced, mulled red wine, tobacco leaf/cigar boxes, tannic, sweet raspberry fruit tea, oak wood a little tannic and bitter and perhaps leathery, malty cereal barley, ryebread, toasted coffee beans, a dusting of cinnamon powder and cherry kirsch liqueur

Finish:

Medium long, more dusty oak wood, dry and tannic a little sweet cherry fruit

Overall:

An interesting single cask dram but paled after the new 18 year old, a little dry and spicy in places for my liking

Score: 85/100

Don’t take my word for it:

Bloggers submit a link to your review