This single malt is the final release of Warehouse 1’s inaugural year of bottlings, and this is finishing with a bang. This is a Glen Moray whisky that is distilled in 2008 and matured in a variety of casks for 13 years. It was firstly matured in ex-bourbon casks, then being transferred into four ex-Manzanilla sherry casks for its finishing period. Cask strength at 54.6% abv, this is free from chill filtration and arrives with a beautiful cask-imparted colour. Warehouse 1 is home of Glen Moray’s ‘hidden gems’, and this one fits the bill. A release of only 1240 bottles, this 2008 Manzanilla finish is a dram with a lot of depth.
Expect soft, sweet ripe pears on the nose, alongside hints of fresh cut grass, chamomile, tea, and green apples. Oaky tannins are present on the palate, with a decadent, velvety smooth mouthfeel harmonising with flavours of herbal tea, and a certain saltiness. This salinity is followed through on the finish, with is long, lingering, and savoury.