Glen Moray finishes single malt in agricole rum casksBy Owen Bellwood
Scotch whisky brand Glen Moray has expanded its Elgin Curiosity series with the launch of a single malt finished in agricole rum casks.
The distillery’s Elgin Curiosity range was launched last year to embrace the distillery’s “passion for experimentation“. Its first release was a cider cask finished bottling.
To create the new expression, Glen Moray partnered with Martinique-based St James Rhum, which provided the distillery with casks that had held its spirit for between 10 and 18 years.
Glen Moray master distiller Graham Coull said: “I could see they [the casks] had enjoyed their time in Martinique. They were weather-beaten and rugged on the outside, but the aromas that came from within were breathtaking.”
To make Glen Moray Rhum Agricole Cask Finish Project, Glen Moray finished its whisky in the rum casks for two years to impart notes of “macerated fruit, roasting and subtle spice”.
Coull added: “My main aim was to showcase the character of the rum and this meant opting for an age of spirit which was not too mature and therefore would complement the rum character rather than stifle it.”
The resulting whisky is said to be “surprisingly intense” with “great depth and balance”, and flavours of treacle toffee, burnt sugar and sweet vanilla.
Bottled at 46.3% abv, Glen Moray Rhum Agricole Cask Finish Project carries a recommended retail price of £54.99 (US$67) per 700ml bottle.