The Fired Oak expression, released 2019, was crafted by Graham Coull, Glen Moray master distiller, inspired by growing popularity of bourbon.
(Coull said he wanted to create a whisky that drew on bourbon’s sweetness without overpowering the distillery character). The whisky was aged in ex-bourbon barrels for about ten years then transferred into heavily charred American oak barrels (by law bourbon has to be aged in charred virgin oak casks). “Fired oak is all about enhancing flavors rather than adding different character. The virgin oak intensifies the existing vanilla and spice flavors, which have come from the ex-bourbon barrels”.
Nose: oak char, vanilla, marshmallows, cotton candy, green apples, apricots, oranges, white chocolate, hints of cinnamon and pepper.
Palate: follows the nose, candied fruit, apples, pears and apricots, orange peel, butterscotch, vanilla, pepper, nutmeg and charred oak.
Finish: medium long, with notes of vanilla, caramel, burnt toast, licorice, pepper and charred oak.