Another review and another Glen Moray single cask.. Don’t get much better than that let me tell you !!
The 4th instalment sees me reviewing this Glen Moray 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Finish, at just over 15 years old this whisky has spent the majority of time maturing in a Bourbon cask before spending the last 9 months “ finishing “ in an Cabernet Sauvignon Wine cask..
The current Master Distiller / Blender Graham Coull is no stranger to experimenting with finishing and innovative techniques but this is I believe the first time he has finished his whisky in Cabernet Sauvignon Casks..
Bottled at cask strength this single cask (#6002334) boasts an abv of 56.8% and is NCF with no added colouring.. Hailing from warehouse 8 this was bottled on the 20-1-2018.
Nose.. Quite sweet at first with Vanilla, caramel and custard cream biscuits.. Then the wine effect starts to kick in, a little dried fruit note mixed with grape, blossom and a delicate summer berries aroma..
Palate.. Spices lead the way before a little sweetness joins in, chocolate and candied orange with a little ginger root gently lead into more summer berries and a faint liquorice note.. But boy does it dry the mouth.
Finish.. Spices and berries..
Thoughts.. A really lovely dram but it’s a mouth dryer.. Those spices mix very well with the wine effect and the sweetness from the bourbon cask still has a lot to say.
Wine finishes / maturation are not to everyone’s liking and can take a little time to get used to or even understand, they can be sweet, dry and in some cases just darn right strange..
Glen Moray is not one you would put into in that “ sexy whisky” category and although it’s a shame it’s also a blessing as this probably gives Graham the license to play around a lot more with “ finishing” and that in its self gives those who know how good the whisky is a little advantage as we are not afraid to put our trust and hard earned money into the Glen Moray coffers..
A very interesting whisky that shows complexity, depth and innovation from a master blender with no fear..
With thanks to Glen Moray for this official sample..