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Glen Moray 1998 Barolo Finish Warehouse 1 Review


13th October 2021
Review of the Glen Moray 1998 Barolo Finish, another deliciously rich sweet Glen Moray Warehouse 1 dram and the flavour pleasure experience it offers is no doubt helped by bottling it at cask strength.

Glen Moray 1998 Barolo Finish Warehouse 1 second ‘Warehouse 1’ exclusive for 2021.

Glen Moray 1998 Barolo Finish is the second of three whiskies from Glen Moray's Warehouse 1 Collection scheduled for 2021.

Following on from the Glen Moray 2005 Tokaji Finish released in June this year, we have the oldest release in the Warehouse 1 Collection to date, this second release from Warehouse 1 this year was distilled on the 7th December 1998 and laid down to mature in American ex-bourbon casks, before being finished in three ex-Barolo casks. The three casks were then vatted and bottled non chill-filtered, naturally coloured at a cask strength of 52.9% ABV and for those of you who like an age statement, by my calculations the Glen Moray 1998 Barolo Finish is over 22 years old.

This year’s Warehouse 1 whiskies all share a common theme, celebrating Glen Moray’s classic Speyside spirit matured in casks sourced from some of Europe’s oldest, noblest and most distinctively flavoured wine varieties.

Considered by many to be the king of Italian red wines, Barolo is produced in the Piedmont region from Nebbiolo grapes, which are high in tannin and acid. Rich and full bodied, wine will have spent at least 18 months in the barrels used for final maturation of the Barolo Finish expression.

Glen Moray Distillery Manager Iain Allan notes: "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. This is one to share around a table with good friends as the nights draw in – a rich, warming and very special dram from behind our big blue Warehouse 1 doors."

The three Barolo wine casks used to finish the Glen Moray 1998 Barolo Finish Warehouse 1 release produced just 853 bottles which have a RRP of £139.95 and will be exclusively available in the UK from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange, The Whisky Shop and Master of Malt
 

Glen Moray 1998 Barolo Finish Warehouse 1 Review


William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Sweet malt, honey infused raisin, sweet toffee and some candy shop boiled fruit drops, some distant apple and pear.

Taste: The sugar enhanced fruit leads with sugared plum, juicy grape, pear, apple these are quickly joined by some lovely honeyed caramels and oak spices.

Finish: Deliciously long, the fruits play tag with the honeyed caramels and oak spices for an age before bowing out leaving a just gentle touch of lemon citrus and blackcurrant while the sugars and oak spices tussle it out for the final say.

Comment: Another deliciously rich sweet Glen Moray Warehouse 1 dram and the flavour pleasure experience it offers is no doubt helped by bottling it at cask strength, the best in the series so far. The price tag isn't much more than the outstanding core range Glen Moray 21 Year Old but the extra flavour the cask selection and bottling strength brings in the Glen Moray 1998 Barolo Finish is well worth the few pounds more and the 1998 Barolo Finish is not going to be around for ever.

SMW Score 92/100
 

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