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I was under the impression that the Glen Moray 25yo Portwood Finish was a brand new instalment in the distillery’s range. I vaguely remember them making a fuss about it online a few months or even weeks ago. A new batch maybe? Doing some research afterwards I learned this is actually a yearly recurring vintage release. The first batch was a 1986 vintage, so this 1988 release is the third instalment.
Description: distilled in 1988, matured in bourbon casks for 23 years with a 2 year port cask finish, bottled at 43% ABV
Nose: a dry nose coated in varnish, vine wood, walnuts and an offbeat note of curry
Mouth: rich body with a fair dash of pepper on the palate, some chocolate, marzipan and red meat drained in port.
Finish: long and drying, with a touch of vanilla in the tail.
______________- Verdict: port finishes are occupying an ever larger segment of the premium market. To some it might well provide an alternative for the growing scarcity in high quality sherry casks, but I am certainly not one of them. Some wine finish experiments may well be worth a try, but port wood can and will never be a suitable replacement for the sherry-whisky tandem. That being said, this is the first port finished whisky that I can appreciate, it is a rich meaty and certainly balanced whisky. However for a 25yo whisky it is lacking a bit in depth.