Whisky Review – Glen Moray 10 year old Chardonnay cask

Glen Moray 10 year old Chardonnay cask
40% ABV
£23.71 at MasterOfMalt

Matured for its entirety of 10 years in ex Chardonnay wine casks.

Nose.

The Chardonnay influence is most evident. Lots of fruit and spice. Grapes. Orange. Pears. Pineapple. Ripe peach. Tonnes of fruit, all ripe. Some berries also, strawberries and blackberries I think. Some light oak spices a touch of cinnamon. Very very pleasant. Summery Whisky.

Palate.

For a 40% chill filtered Whisky, this has quite a thick, coating mouthfeel. The fruit basket transfers to the palate, and is quite frankly beautiful. There is a little added sugar also, natural sugars, some boiled travel sweet powdered sugar. And with that there is also tonnes of old fashioned sweets, and lots of sweet fruit juices. A touch of citrus acidity which adds some balance and variation to stop it being so sweet. A touch of light spices assist with this balance also and makes for a very tasty and moreish dram.

Finish.

Medium length. Very Juicy, warming, light spices. Drying out with a little tannin influence. But always juicy and easy drinking.

Adding water.

Just a few drops as it’s already at the minimum ABV. The nose has more of the sweetie shop notes in the foreground now, less fruit and more juice with sweeties. Haribo pineapple cubes, lemon sherberts. Nice. The palate reflects this with more sugary and confectionary going on than with the undiluted palate. The finish retains this sweetness and the juiciness returns. Truly tasty.

Conclusion.

This is really excellent value for money malt. Quite different to your regular Glen Moray, and different to other single malts due to its wine maturation. A very summer infused Whisky and therefore perfect for summer sipping. Excellent bang for buck as it’s in the mid twenty pound mark, £21 when last on offer. Do yourself a favour and buy 2 though, as 1 is likely to evaporate down ones throat pretty quickly.

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Whisky Review – Queen Margot 8 year old blend. LIDL

Queen Margot 8 year old blend. LIDL
40% ABV
£13.29 (on special at £11.99 right now) – only at LIDL

1. Recent surprise Gold award winner in the IWSC (International Wines and Spirits Competition).
2. Bargain price.
3. Must try!

Nose.

There is a young, spirit driven nature to the nose, but there is an awful lot of good stuff going on as well. Vanilla. Creamy grain. Warm honey. Custardy. Quite prominent desiccated coconut. Sponge cake. Various light honey and fudginess.

Palate.

Everything on the nose translates to the palate, a very light, honeyed, custardy, vanilla, pleasant Whisky. Some dry oak helps balance out the grain, a little bitterness from the oak, but for the age very smooth and with no throat burn as you may expect. It’s warming on the chest.

Finish.

The lingering custardy grain is warming and hangs around for a medium finish with some drying oak and is quite all around relaxing.

Adding water.

A couple tiny drops and a little time. The spirit is lowered with all the other aromas enriched, lots of coconut sponge cake with creamy vanilla custard. The palate is very creamy, reminds me quite a bit of something triple distilled, but it’s probably just the grain content. The slight bitter edge is a little earlier coming in the development now, so I would probably leave it without water.

Conclusion.

This is excellent value for money. It doesn’t break any records, or blows the doors open for complexity or curiosity. But as a standard drinking Whisky, as a sipper, not a mixer drencher, it is really very good. I mean, what other Whisky can you get for £11-14 that isn’t meant to be sloshed over ice or with something fizzy and syrupy?
Incidentally, I opened a bottle of a very popular mainstream label blend to do a side by side comparison. I won’t tell you about that one (after all my mum always said if you haven’t got anything nice to say about something, don’t say anything at all), and Queen Margot does the business all over it! That blend is currently £17 in Sainsbury’s!

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