Glen Moray Distillery has pretty long tradition of experimenting with different wine casks, no wonder, from 1920 to 2004 it was under the same ownership as Glenmorangie, the unquestionable pioneer in finishing maturation.
Chardonnay Cask Finish debuted in 1999 along with ex-Chenin Blanc cask finish. The newest expression is called Classic Chardonnay Cask Finish and was added to the distillery Elgin Classic range in 2016. It is a double matured whisky, after being aged in ex-bourbon casks for unspecified period of time the whisky is transferred into ex-Chardonnay barrels sourced from Burgundy for the final eight months. Glen Moray Classic Chardonnay Cask Finish scored gold medal at 2016 San Francisco World Spirit Competition.
Nose: fresh and fruity, apples, pears, grapefruits, lemon tart, breakfast cereals, hints of cinnamon and lemon grass.
Palate: nicely balanced, grapefruits, pineapples, lemon peel, buttered toast, vanilla, cinnamon, hints of hay and toasted oak.
Finish: medium long, slightly nutty, with notes of vanilla, cinnamon, hints of hay and lavender.