Distilled in October 2005 and finished in oak casks that once held Tokaji Aszú wine, this new cask strength dram is a marriage of what’s described as Glen Moray spirit and the sweet, nutty notes of Hungary’s decadent dessert wine. Fans of the distillery can expect a ‘full-on sweetshop’ on the nose, to malty, maple syrup flavors and a long, lingering marzipan finish, according to official tasting notes.
Five Tokaji casks from the Elgin distillery’s Warehouse 1 have been used for the small-batch release. After the success of the first Warehouse 1 release last year, the collection has been given a design update, featuring a colorful Warehouse 1 stamp in deep, soft gold that represents the Tokaji casks with an illustration of the warehouse also featured, including the birds that circle overhead on a typical day at the distillery.
“When our distillers talk about Warehouse 1 it’s almost as if they’re letting you into a secret. This is their special space for experimentation, innovation and patiently waiting for the character of each whisky to develop,” Glen Moray Brand Ambassador Iain Allan said in a prepared statement. “This is a mark that signifies exclusive, small scale releases, non-chill-filtered and bottled at cask strength and with natural color. Drinkers can be assured that each whisky has been made with a spirit of adventure, resulting in a dram packed with character and delicious flavor.”
The new expression will be the first of three launches scheduled for the Warehouse 1 Collection this year. All will share a theme celebrating what’s noted by the brand as Glen Moray’s classic Speyside spirit matured in casks sourced from some of Europe’s oldest, noblest and most distinctively flavored wine varieties.
Glen Moray Warehouse 1 2005 Tokaji Finish is bottled at cask strength (56.3% ABV) and non-chill-filtered with natural color. It is a UK exclusive, available in 70cl packs in specialist whisky shops, with a retail price of £75 ($105.63 USD).