Speyside distillery Glen Moray has released a UK-exclusive Scotch whisky matured in Tokaji casks as the second expression in its Warehouse 1 Collection.
The new Glen Moray 2005 Tokaji Finish follows the release of a single malt matured in Sauternes wine casks in November 2020.
It was the debut release in Glen Moray’s Warehouse 1 Collection, which is named after the Elgin-based distillery’s Warehouse 1, which is home to innovative, maturing casks.
The latest addition to the range was distilled in October 2005, and finished in oak casks that once held Tokaji Aszú dessert wine from Hungary.
Glen Moray used five Tokaji casks from the warehouse to create 1,244 bottles for the UK market. It is bottled at cask strength (56.3% ABV).
Glen Moray brand ambassador Iain Allan said: “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.
“Our team searches the world for interesting casks and they’re not afraid to push the boundaries, try the unusual and creatively combine Glen Moray whisky with unexpected casks. In this case, we have turned to Tokaji, which is a very old but lesser-known wine that has created a wonderful, flavour-packed dram that we’re very proud to release.”
The resulting liquid offers a ‘full-on sweet shop’ on the nose, ‘malty, maple syrup flavours’ and a ‘long, lingering marzipan finish’.
Following the ‘success’ of the Sauternes cask-finished whisky, Glen Moray has given the collection a ‘bold’ redesign.
The bottle comes with a ‘colourful’ Warehouse 1 stamp in gold to represent the dessert wine casks, and an illustration of the warehouse with birds flying over the distillery.
Allan added: “It’s also very fitting that Warehouse 1 now has its own new and distinctive identity. This is a mark that signifies exclusive, small-scale releases, non-chill-filtered and bottled at cask strength and with natural colour.”
The new bottling is the first of three launches scheduled for the Warehouse 1 range in 2021. All will follow the theme of using casks that previously held wine from across Europe.
Glen Moray Warehouse 1 2005 Tokaji Finish is available in the UK from specialist whisky shops for RRP £75 (US$106) per 700ml.
In March 2021, Glen Moray appointed Stephen Woodcock as head of whisky creation and stocks.