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Glen Moray 10 Year Old Fired Oak Review

27th November 2018
Glen Moray launch the American Bourbon inspired 10 Year Old Fired Oak.

Glen Moray 10 Year Old Fired OakGlen Moray 10 Year Old Fired Oak is the latest addition to the Speyside distillery's core range, matured for 10 years in ex-Bourbon casks and finished in heavily charred American Oak casks.

The new whisky is the creative handy work of Glen Moray Master Distiller, Graham Coull, on this occasion Graham has taken his inspiration for the new sweet and spicy whisky from the increase in popularity of American Bourbon and the success of the sweeter flavour within the drinks market. One of the key elements for producing American Bourbon is that the spirit has to be aged in a new charred (virgin) oak cask which gives the resulting spirit a sweeter flavour.

Glen Moray Fired Oak is a Single Malt Whisky matured for 10 years in ex-Bourbon casks and finished in heavily charred American Oak casks, resulting in a whisky which is smooth with intense spice and toasted vanilla flavour. Graham has used a 2008 vintage Glen Moray Elgin Classic as the basis of the new Fired Oak.

Commenting on his latest creation Graham said: "Fired Oak is all about enhancing flavours rather than adding different character. The Virgin Oak intensifies the existing vanilla and spice flavours which have come from the ex-Bourbon barrels. Two elements are key quality of cask and timing, both are crucial to obtaining just the right flavour infusion. To create a balance I have selected Virgin Oak casks with differing lengths of finish to ensure that the final whisky is consistent."

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose: An enticing barley sugar candy sweetness, some vanilla toffee, pear, green apple and a touch of coconut.

Taste: A delicious concentrated mix of apple, spice and a barley sugar sweetness leads the charge, closely followed by some vanilla, a little zesty orange and lemon and a lovely touch of oak hanging around the background.

Finish: A longish finish. More vanilla and a little candied fruit, toasted oak spice comes more to the fore but is kept in check by the sweet candied fruit. Some late liquorice.

Comment: No surprises, just what you would expect from 10 years in ex-Bourbon casks and then a finish in heavily charred American Oak casks. A delicious balance of sweet and spice, a cracking Speyside whisky for your money and a very welcome addition to the Glen Moray range. I can only imagine how good this would be bottled at 46% plus but at 40% it has my thumbs up for the price.

If you enjoy a bourbon cask matured Speyside style of whisky and are looking for something new to put in your Christmas stocking then this wont break the bank and most importantly it is a very enjoyable dram.

SMW Score 86/100

Bottled at 40% ABV the new Glen Moray 10 Year Old Fired Oak has an RRP of 39.99 and is now available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange, The Whisky Shop and Master of Malt

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