Glen Moray Curiosity Range: Madeira Cask Project

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Glen Moray have added a third expression to their ‘Elgin Curiosity Range’; an almost-but-not-quite 14 year old which has been matured entirely in sweet Madeira wine European oak hogsheads. The 13 years and 10 months old whisky comes from a parcel of seven casks which were laid down in 2006 by Glen Moray’s previous owners, LVMH, who currently own Glenmorangie and Ardbeg. Some of these casks have now been bottled as the Glen Moray Madeira Cask Project, with the remainder continuing to mature in Warehouse 1 at the Elgin-based distillery.

Speaking of the launch of the expression, Head of Whisky Creation at Glen Moray, Dr Kirstie McCallum, said: “Single malt whisky matured in Madeira casks has been prized in the industry before, but typically the casks have only been used to ‘finish’ more conventionally matured whisky. That’s what makes this new expression so very special. Our new make spirit has been slowly mingling with the luxuriously sweet flavours of Madeira for nearly 14 years, giving a depth of flavour and an intense character that couldn’t otherwise be created. It’s a delicious dram, a dessert in a glass, and we are very much looking forward to sharing it with whisky drinkers in the UK.”

Glen Moray Madeira Cask Project
13 years and 10 months old
Curiosity Range
1,468 bottles
46.3% ABV
£61.95 here

Nose: Sweet and syrupy fruits right from the word go, with stewed apple, poached pear, plum, and blood orange. Then honey on rye bread, red currants, and sultanas dusted with cinnamon. Tobacco leaf and cacao powder lurk underneath.

Palate: More of those lovely, juicy, poached pears, apricots, apples, plums, and glace cherries. Then orange zest with some liquorice, walnut, coffee grounds, and woody spices – cracked black peppercorns and cinnamon.

Finish: Dark chocolate, toasted almonds, and sultana cake.

Overall: Delicious, and remarkably well balanced – yes, it’s very sweet and fruity, but despite spending such a long time in those Madeira casks, the wine doesn’t overpower the spirit at all. It very well priced too, in my opinion, with a bottle costing a smidgen over sixty quid. It’s a great addition to the Elgin Curiosity Range, and a great follow up to the Cider Cask Project and Rhum Agricole Cask Finish Project. I cannot wait to see what other weird and wonderful experiments they’ll release as the range expands.



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