Last Updated on January 6, 2019 by Fiona Maclean
Glen Moray Classic Port Cask Finish Single Malt:
After the festivities of the Christmas season have died down and before Valentine’s Day looms, many of us with a Scottish heritage (and plenty without) celebrate Burns Night. It’s a unique event – I can’t think of another celebration for a National Poet – and certainly not one which involves addressing a haggis! It’s also an event at which whisky plays a central role. For 2018, I have a rather wonderful recipe to share for a whisky cocktail made with this very special single malt.
The Glen Moray Classic Port Cask Finish is a single malt, matured in the finest American Oak barrels and finished for eight months in Port pipes sourced from Gran Cruz in the Douro Valley in Portugal. The resulting whisky combines the best of the Glen Moray Classic Single Malt with the spicy, plum, wine-like elements from the port pipes.
Master Distiller, Graham Coull, says: “The rich wine flavours have combined with the vanilla oak notes to produce a whisky which is well balanced and full of character, with a lingering finish of honey sweetness combined with spices and subtle hints of dark chocolate and leather.”
He adds: “I am very proud of The Glen Moray Classic Port Cask Finish. Here is a whisky which allows Glen Moray’s classic spirit to shine through. By choosing the right port pipes for maturation, I am able to allow the rich port wine flavours to play their part”.
If like me, you find single malts just a little hard to drink neat, Neil Ridley and Joel Harrison from World’s Best Spirits have created a delicious Burns Night whisky cocktail which I’ll definitely be using to raise a glass to the Haggis!
A Single Malt Whisky Cocktail for Burns Night
- 15 ml Earl Grey Syrup
- 3 Dashes Orange Bitters
- 60 ml Glen Moray Classic Port Cask Finish Whisky
In a mixing glass add 15ml Earl Grey syrup (a mixture of 2:1 brown sugar and strong Earl Grey tea brewed and chilled down then re-heated together) 3 dashes of Orange Bitters and a small amount of the Whisky.
Add several large cubes of ice and pour over the remainder of the whisky.
Keep stirring for a minute until the drink has diluted.
Garnish with a thin piece of expressed lemon zest.
The Glen Moray Distillery has been producing fine Single Malt Scotch Whisky from Elgin, the capital of Speyside, Scotland’s most famous whisky region, since 1897. Glen Moray Classic is crafted using a high percentage of first fill ex-bourbon barrels and Graham selects casks of varying ages to ensure the quality and consistency of the whisky.
RRP: from £25 for 70cl. ABV: 40%
Or, for more information, check the Glen Moray website