La Martiniquaise adds to Scotch whisky portfolio

Mar 29, 2019by Owen Bellwood

French drinks firm La Martiniquaise has expanded its whisky range with two new bottlings under its Glen Moray single malt and Sir Edward's blended Scotch brands.

A new single malt finished in ex-Cabernet Sauvignon wine casks is the latest expression to join the Glen Moray Classic Collection. After ageing in ex-Bourbon barrels, the whisky was transferred into casks that previously held Cabernet Sauvignon wine for a final few months of maturation. The finishing process gives the whisky a warm gold colour and an aroma of "honey, sweet apple jelly, toffee and honeycomb". On the palate, the whisky has a “creamy vanilla, pepper and spice” flavour with additional notes of “velvety dark chocolate and charred oak”. Glen Moray Cabernet Cask Finish is the sixth whisky in the Glen Moray Classic Collection, which also includes the ex-Bourbon barrel-aged Elgin Classic and the Chardonnay Cask Finish whisky. The spirits producer has also launched a new 12-year-old bottling under its Sir Edward’s blended Scotch whisky brand. Sir Edward's 12 Year Old is the third expression in the range, and has been made with malt and grain whiskies that have aged in American oak casks. Bottled at 40% abv, Sir Edward’s 12 Year Old is described as having notes of “soothing sweetness and vanilla” alongside earthy grains and hints of prune. Last year, La Martiniquaise-Bardinet expanded its whisky stable with the acquisition of Cutty Sark from Edrington.