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:
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.
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.
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!