Glen Moray Sherry Cask Finish

Glen Moray

Hot on the heels on their Port Finish, Glen Moray have released another expression in their ever-expanding portfolio. The Elgin-based distillery’s “Classic Collection” already consists of the Classic, the Port Finish and the Peated expression which are all available at very, very competitive prices. Without being a particularly remarkable distillery (or maybe that’s just me), I find it quite satisfying that they’re able to produce a variety of expressions where the consumer is still able to get change from £25. A rare thing in today’s market. The most recent addition, the Sherry Cash Finish, spends most of its life in American oak casks before being finished for at least eight months in Oloroso sherry casks. With a bargain basement price tag, I reckon the bang-for-your-buck factor will be pretty high here.

Glen Moray Sherry Cask Finish
40% ABV
£22 here

Nose: Dried tropical fruits to begin with – mango, pineapple, apricot and coconut. Then a youthful freshness pervades – lemon sherbet and barley water. The sherry influence is subtle, with a little bit of leather, cinnamon and nuttiness.

Palate: Sweet and delicate to start – cut grass, pear and apple. There’s a fudgey and and honeycomby sweetness, followed by a meaty note, leather, roasted nuts and dry oak.

Finish: Tannic with soft wood spice and drying oak.

Overall: A pretty solid offering from Glen Moray. The late palate and finish are a bit too leathery and drying for my taste but it sure offers plenty of flavour. I can’t really complain though, there are many poorer whiskies out there which cost significantly more. So yes, the bang-for-your-buck factor is indeed pretty high.