Glen Moray debuts 2008 Manzanilla Finish whiskyBy Nicola Carruthers
Speyside distillery Glen Moray has unveiled a UK-exclusive whisky finished in ex-manzanilla Sherry 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 2008 Manzanilla Finish is the fourth expression in the range, following the release of a Barolo wine cask-finished bottling in October 2021, a Tokaji cask-finished whisky in June 2021 and a single malt matured in Sauternes wine casks in November 2020.
The new single malt is described as bringing together the ‘soft Spey water of Glen Moray’s spirit with the slightly sea-salt tang of manzanilla Sherry’.
The resulting liquid offers notes of ‘sweet ripe pears, green apples and freshly cut grass’.
Glen Moray said manzanilla is the driest of all Sherries and is produced along the sea estuary of the Guadalquivir river. As such, it is said to offer tastes of the sea.
“As distillers, this notion of ‘place’ is endlessly fascinating, particularly as our home of Speyside is so much a part of the Glen Moray story,” said brand ambassador Iain Allan. “We started to wonder what would happen if we brought Glen Moray spirit and Manzanilla casks together?
“If Speyside met Cádiz in the barrel, what would the results be? Soft with salt? Citrus with herbaceous? Questions like these can get the team quite animated, to say the least, but only time can ever answer their restless curiosity – and these results have been worth waiting for. This is an exceptional whisky which represents the best of two very different worlds in one unique malt.”
Allan added that the distillery is working on its next whiskies for 2022.
Glen Moray Warehouse 1 2008 Manzanilla Finish is bottled at cask strength (54.6% ABV), non-chill-filtered and with natural colour. It is priced at RRP £74.95 (US$99.80) and available in specialist whisky shops in the UK.