Glen Moray expands Warehouse 1 lineBy Nicola Carruthers
Speyside distillery Glen Moray has unveiled a UK-exclusive whisky finished in ex-Barolo wine casks as the latest addition to its Warehouse 1 Collection.
Glen Moray’s Warehouse 1 Collection is named after the Elgin-based producer’s Warehouse 1, which is home to ‘innovative’, maturing casks.
Glen Moray Warehouse 1 1998 Barolo Finish is the third bottling in the range, following the release of a Tokaji cask-finished whisky in June 2021 and a single malt matured in Sauternes wine casks in November 2020.
Distilled in 1998, the new expression is the collection’s oldest to date. It was matured in ex-Bourbon casks before being moved to three casks that previously held Barolo wine for at least 18 months. Barolo is produced in the Piedmont region in Italy from Nebbiolo grapes, which are high in tannins and acid.
The resulting single malt is described as ‘autumn in a glass’, with notes of toffee, blackcurrant, wood, leather chocolate caramel and dark autumnal fruits, followed by a ‘warming honey finish’.
Glen Moray distillery manager Iain Allan said: “Once again, our distillery team has bottled an absolute gem from Warehouse 1, their special place for experimentation, innovation and patience – time, as always, being one of the most important ingredients in creating our wonderful whiskies.
“Our team searches the world for interesting and unusual casks, and they’re not afraid to use them to push the boundaries of flavour, as they have done with this very special 1998 Barolo Finish release.
“It’s a joy of a dram, a superb combination of our distillery’s sweet, light, citrus style with deeper notes of wood, caramel chocolates, plums, figs, brambles and honey.”
There are only 863 bottles of the whisky, available exclusively in the UK.
The non-chill-filtered Glen Moray Warehouse 1 1998 Barolo Finish is bottled at cask strength (52.9% ABV). It is available from specialist whisky shops for RRP £139.95 (US$190) per 700ml bottle.
An additional Warehouse 1 Collection whisky is planned to be released before the end of this year.