Speyside region – 40% ABV – £25 | $39
Yet another interesting release from Glen Moray; a 10yo single malt matured exclusively in ex-chardonnay barriques.
I’ve got to hand it to Glen Moray, they have no problem releasing some more off-the-beaten-track whiskies – the single chenin blanc cask as an example.
While others are finishing (many with great success) in ex-wine casks, Glen Moray is releasing full maturation versions these ex-wine casked whiskies.
This is bottled at 40% ABV (remember my admitting my whisky-snobbery regarding 40% ABV in my last Glen Moray post? – that one bottled at 60.7% ABV). Let’s see what happens and if my snobbishness prevails or the whisky:
On the nose — Triple S – Sweet, sugared and supple. Sugary chamomile tea with lemon wedges.
It’s funny how I find most chardonnay wines to be over-oaked and find this one not to be overtaken by oak in any way.
Corn Pops cereal with paperboard box and all.
Bonkers fruit chews and other taffy like candies.
On the mouth — Slightly less sweet to taste with a lovely malted backbone.
Lemon log cake.
Sweetened butter and lemony honey (watered down). Simple syrup.
More that of that chamomile tea and even a touch of white tea (Cloud Mist to be exact). Actually a bit salty after a couple of minutes. Interesting.
Finish — Drying toward the back of the mouth with jujyfruit-like sweetness.
In sum — This is going to sound terribly sexist but, this is a whisky for the ladies.
I say this knowing full well that more than 60-70% of the the women that come to my local tasting events prefer big, peaty whiskies.
I say this knowing that I love, love, love a good martini cosmopolitan.
I say this knowing that I love “chick-flicks” and have no issues weeping on cue.
Like the perfect mixture of bon-bons and the latest episode of General Hospital – this one is sweet, comforting and somehow indulgent.
Special thanks to IA for the sample!