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Glen Moray 2005 Tokaji Finish Review

16th June 2021
Review of Glen Moray 2005 Tokaji Finish the second release from the distillery’s ‘Warehouse 1 Collection’.

Glen Moray 2005 Tokaji Finish

The Glen Moray 2005 Tokaji Finish is the second release in the distillery's ‘Warehouse 1 Collection’ and the first of three whiskies they plan to release over the course of 2021 from the new look Warehouse 1 Collection.

Distilled on the 7th October 2005, which by my calculations makes it 15 year old, it was initially matured in American ex-bourbon casks for 14 years before being finished for 1 year in 5 Tokaji Aszú wine casks which were then vatted together and bottled non chill filtered, naturally coloured at their combined cask strength of 53.6% ABV. The combination of the 5 Tokaji Aszú wine casks produced 1244 bottles.

Hungarian Tokaji is a decadent desert wine which is now enjoying an exciting resurgence, inspiring Glen Moray’s master distillers as they seek out interesting, eclectic casks to create this special collection of whiskies.

Glen Moray say to expect expect sugar, spice and all things nice from this golden, cask strength dram, which moves through a ‘full-on sweetshop’ on the nose, to malty, maple syrup flavours and a long, lingering marzipan finish that beautifully balances the structure of Glen Moray spirit.

Glen Moray Brand Ambassador Iain Allan tells me to look out for the next two  instalments in the Warehouse 1 Collection later in the year, we should expect to see a Barolo wine cask Glen Moray around October and this should be followed by a Manzanilla sherry cask Glen Moray in November.

You will find the Glen Moray 2005 Tokaji Finish available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt

Glen Moray 2005 Tokaji Finish Review

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose: A deliciously rich nose with sweet vanilla, honey and fresh baked bread, a little almond and a slightly candied fruit mix of orange, lemon and pear.

Taste: Sweet malt and slightly ginger spiced cake with a honeyed toffee and apricot fruit filling, candied tangy orange and lemon, vanilla and pear.

Finish: A lovely lingering finish with honey, sugar almonds and sweet oak spice.

Comment: A deliciously rich sweet Glen Moray, packed full of flavour at cask strength, a great pour for the summer weather.

SMW Whisky Score 90/100

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