According to the distillery, the resulting dram is autumn in a glass, marrying Glen Moray’s traditional sweet toffee and blackcurrant notes with deliciously rich hits of wood, leather, chocolate caramels and dark autumnal fruits, followed by a warming honey finish.
Launched in late 2020 with the inaugural Sauternes Cask Matured expression, Glen Moray’s Warehouse 1 Collection promises small-batch, limited-release whiskies that are always non-chill filtered and bottled at cask strength with natural colour.
Barolo Finish is the oldest release from the Collection to date and is the second of three launches scheduled this year, following on from this summer’s Tokaji Finish release. 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, most distinctively flavoured wine varieties.
Barolo is produced in the Piedmont region from Nebbiolo grapes, which are high in tannin and acid. The wine will have spent at least 18 months in the barrels used for this whisky.
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… 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… This is one to share around a table with good friends as the nights draw in…”
Just 863 bottles of Glen Moray Warehouse 1 1998 Barolo Finish (52.9% ABV) are being released exclusively to the UK market (RRP £139.95).