Glen Moray 2006 Sauternes Cask Matured

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Glen Moray has launched the Warehouse 1 Collection, a brand new series which will feature eclectic, small batch releases from the weird and wonderful assortment of casks maturing in warehouse number one at the Elgin-based distillery. As we’ve seen previously with Glen Moray, they’re no strangers when it comes to experimenting with all sort of cask types, with rhum agricole, madeira, and even cider cask matured whisky being released over the last couple of years. The first expression in the Warehouse 1 Collection consists of a vatting of five sauternes wine casks which were laid down in 2006 and bottled earlier this year at 14 years of age and at a cask strength of 59.6% ABV. It’s a UK exclusive, with just 1,248 bottles each priced at a smidgen under 80 quid – with those sorts of numbers, I can’t imagine this release will hang around for too long.

Commenting on the new Warehouse 1 Collection, Glen Moray Brand Ambassador Iain Allan said: “There are a good few warehouses at our Elgin site, but Warehouse 1 is special. Over the years, this is where our distillery teams have quietly stored the results of their experiments and cask adventures. As a result we have pockets of casks holding the most interesting and incredible tasting whiskies scattered throughout the warehouse, which we are now uncovering, tasting and making plans to release. It’s fitting and very exciting that, starting with this superb Sauternes bottling, these whiskies will now be enjoyed by drinkers as part of our Warehouse 1 Collection in years to come.”

Glen Moray 2006 14yo Sauternes Cask Matured
Warehouse 1 Collection
UK Exclusive
1,248 bottles
59.6% ABV
£79.95 here

Nose: Golden treacle, runny caramel, toasted hazelnuts, and loads of honey. Then ripe apples, spiced apricot and nectarines along with just a lick of oak.

Palate: A lovely velvety mouthfeel, with syrupy fruit salad and boozy fruit trifle, floral honey, and butterscotch. Then baked apples with a big cinnamon and clove spiciness with some grippy oak.

Finish: Long, rolling waves of oak with drying woody spices.

Overall: A really big whisky, full of flavour and remarkably complex for a 14 year old dram. Having been in sauternes all its life, I wasn’t sure how the liquid would fare, but the integration of the sweet dessert wine with the spirit is very good indeed. The syrupy, fruity, and spicy wine influence is balanced beautifully with classic Glen Moray notes of crisp green apples and fresh orchard fruits. An excellent release, and a great start to the Warehouse 1 Collection. During the virtual launch, Glen Moray’s Head of Whisky Creation, Dr. Kirstie McCallum, hinted at what we *might* see in terms of future releases… manzanilla casks, Italian wine casks and even tokaji casks. I, for one, cannot wait.

 

 

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