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Review: Glen Moray Elgin Classic Sherry Cask Finish

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Glen Moray, one of Speyside’s stalwart whisky producers, has released a new expression to its permanent lineup, Glen Moray Classic Sherry Cask Finish.

While this is a NAS whisky, some production details follow.

Glen Moray is excited to introduce its newest addition to their Classic Range, the Glen Moray Classic Sherry Cask Finish.

First aged in North American ex-bourbon barrels for 6-7 years and then finished in the finest Oloroso sherry casks for 9-12 months, the result is a dram of whisky delight. Burnished gold in color with aromas of dried fruit, cinnamon, and toffee, and rich flavors of sweet vanilla, dark chocolate and oriental spice, the Classic Sherry Cask Finish adds a unique flair to Glen Moray’s Classic Range. The intriguing flavor combinations engage the palette [sic] of whisky beginners and longtime enthusiasts alike, making the Glen Moray Classic Sherry Cask Finish a fine addition to any collection.

Like all of Glen Moray’s single malts, the Classic Sherry Cask Finish is crafted by hand, with the collective wisdom and know-how of five generations of Master Distillers.

The nose is gentle but a bit earthy, with a savory nuttiness. The typical orange peel notes of a sherry-finished whisky aren’t immediately evident here, but some of that sweetness (a cinnamon sugar note) comes forward as you tuck into the palate, revealing not just some citrus but a body that is heavy with nuts, marzipan, and coffee cake. The finish sees a light cafe au lait note emerge, though it is spiked with touches of black pepper, giving it some grip.

All told, while it isn’t going to blow your mind, this is a fine everyday dram made all the more palatable by an extremely attractive price.

80 proof.

B+ / $30 / glenmoray.com

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Christopher Null

Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content company.

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  1. Roberto October 25, 2018

    You do not say engage the palette, that is the artist’s palette, with all the colored pigments on it. You say engage the palate, a person’s appreciation of taste and flavor. Important to know when you write reviews!

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    1. Christopher Null October 25, 2018

      That’s from Glen Moray’s press release. I didn’t write that. (You’ll note I spelled “palate” correctly in the actual review, which appears beneath the excerpted part.

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