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Glen Moray Cider Cask Project

24th October 2018
Glen Moray Cider Cask Project small batch release is the first release from Glen Moray's new Elgin Curiosity Range.

Glen Moray Cider Cask ProjectGlen Moray Distillery has announced the launch of the Glen Moray Cider Cask Project, a small batch single malt whisky expression and the first release from the new Glen Moray Elgin Curiosity Range.

The new Glen Moray Elgin Curiosity Range is the creative work of Glen Moray's Master Distiller, Graham Coull. Graham's passion for experimentation and his desire to push boundaries in the world of whisky is what has lead to this Cider Cask finished whisky. Technically the use of cider casks to produce Scotch whisky is not permitted under the Scotch Whisky Association guidelines which requires that only traditional oak casks should be used to mature Scotch whisky.

So to stay within these guidelines Graham got together with Thistly Cross Cider, one of Scotlandís most highly awarded cider brands. The partnership began five years ago when Graham Coull first tasted Thistly Cross Cider and saw the potential for a fruitful collaboration. Glen Moray loaned the cider makers some of their single malt oak whisky casks to create their Thistly Cross Whisky Cask Cider which is now distributed in over 20 countries worldwide. In return, Graham wanted to see what their vintage cider could bring to the whisky. The casks used to create the Thistly Cross Whisky Cask Cider were then returned to Glen Moray where they were used to finish this new Glen Moray Cider Cask Project whisky.

The new Glen Moray Cider Cask Project is the result of the collaboration with Thistly Cross Cider but not quite the first cider cask finished whisky from Glen Moray, those of you who were lucky enough to visit the Glen Moray distillery back in 2016 may recall a distillery exclusive Bottle Your Own single cask Glen Moray 10 year old 2006 Cider Cask Finish, well that single cask was part of the same experiment and similar to the Glen Moray 10 year old 2006 Cider Cask Finish this new Glen Moray Cider Cask Project was matured in 1st Fill Bourbon barrels before being finished in ex Glen Moray casks which had been used by Thistly Cross Cider to mature their Whisky Cask Cider.

The distillery describe the Glen Morayís Cider Cask Project as an "incredibly light and fresh whisky with caramelized apple notes from the cider casks which mix perfectly with the intense vanilla flavours found in all Glen Moray Single Malt Whiskies".

Although the new Glen Moray Cider Cask Project has no age statement, Graham tells me that it is a "combination of of 2007 and 2008 Glen Moray", making it around 10 year old, the same age as the earlier distillery bottle your own expression, it has been bottled at 46.3% ABV and is non chill-filtered and is a UK exclusive limited release of 2,000 bottles.

Graham Coull commented: "We are all very excited at Glen Moray Distillery about the launch of Glen Morayís Cider Cask Project Whisky and The Elgin Curiosity Range. As Master Distiller of this historic distillery, I am keen to constantly evolve and create new whiskies which showcase the quality and breadth of whiskies which we can produce, reinforcing our message that Glen Moray is The Gateway to Flavour."

The Glen Morayís Cider Cask Project has a RRP of £54.99 and is exclusively available from The Whisky Exchange until the end of this month and thereafter it should be available from other specialist online whisky retailers such as Master of Malt

Glen Moray Cider Cask Project Review

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose:  Toffee apple and candy floss. Reminiscent of a fairground.

Taste: Incredibly light and fresh. Summer fruits accompanied by vanilla ice cream sprinkled with toasted oats.

Finish: Smooth and satisfying. Caramelised apple laced with spice mixed with vanilla fudge, slowly melting on the tongue.

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