Glen Moray launches Private Cask Collection

by Alice Brooker

Speyside single malt brand Glen Moray has released its exclusive Private Cask Collection, launching with a 13-year-old Marsala cask-finished whisky.

Glen Moray’s Private Cask Collection is a selection of the Speyside distillery’s aged single malt whiskies. The exclusive series is launching with a 13-year-old expression, finished in Marsala casks from Sicily. The US will see the first release followed by a 10-year-old whisky, finished in Pauillac Grand Cru red wine casks from Bordeaux. Meanwhile, China will receive a follow-up release of a 26-year-old Madeira cask-finished expression.  The whiskies from the Private Cask Collection have been individually selected to each present ‘outstanding depth and character’. Iain Allan, Glen Moray brand ambassador, said: “The Private Cask Collection is the perfect opportunity for whisky collectors to explore some of Glen Moray’s most treasured casks. Each single malt selected for the series stands out because of its exceptional quality – and the first release is not to be missed. "Finished in Marsala wine casks from Bordeaux, this 13-year-old bottling showcases the versatility of Glen Moray whisky. It demonstrates how our spirit integrates, moulds and marries with different cask influences to produce a truly stunning and unique dram.” Distilled in 2007, the whisky has notes of toffee and chocolate on the nose, with a rounded and fruity palate. The finish has been described as containing hints of sweet creamy berries, with a lingering gentle spice. Just 238 bottles of the first release of Glen Moray's Private Cask Collection are available, at 56.6% ABV a bottle. Last year, Glen Moray released a Scotch whisky matured in Sauternes wine casks as the first expression in its new Warehouse 1 Collection.