Released as part of the Curiosity Collection, Glen Moray’s RhumAgricole finished malt is an excellent addition to their line up.
The Glen Moray Curiosity Collection
The Glen Moray Curiosity Collection was started with a Cider Cask finished malt. This was an expression of “passion for experimentation and the desire to push boundaries”. Innovation and boundary pushing is becoming a big theme in the whisky industry. It’s exciting to see a brand like Glen Moray take on the challenge, when bigger players like Glenfiddich and Jameson have been championing the same idea.
The Curiosity Collection is the brainchild of Master Distiller Graham Coull. He has commented on the collection, saying: “For me the inspiration was simple. When I first tasted the Whisky Cask Cider it was immediately obvious that the whisky flavours complemented the cider flavours perfectly. The logical next step for me was to see what the cider could bring to the whisky.
“As master distiller of this historic distillery, I am keen to constantly evolve and create new whiskies which showcase the quality and breadth of whiskies which we can produce, reinforcing our message that Glen Moray is the gateway to flavour.”
While there are currently only two malts in the Curiosity Collection, it certainly looks like it will produce some truly intriguing malts in the future.
The Glen Moray RhumAgricole Finished Single Malt Scotch Whisky
The second in the line up is the Glen Moray RhumAgricole Finished Single Malt Scotch Whisky. It has been finished in casks that once held AOC Rhum made at the St. James Distillery in Martinique. The expression does not have an age statement, although the Rhum itself was aged to between 10-18 years.
RhumAgricole differs from Rum in that it is made from freshly squeezed sugar came juice rather than molasses.
Tasting notes for Glen Moray RhumAgricole Finished Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Bottle cost: £52.95
The nose begins with bright notes of dew-covered grass and a wonderful spice. it is gentle and warming, with lots of cinnamon, vanilla and nutmeg. Lots of fruity notes come out, including bananas, pineapples and mangoes.
The more exotic notes continue on the palate, which brims with fruit and coconut shavings. The rhum flavours are fresh and zesty. Thick caramel, toasted white sugar and oak wood all add a wonderful depth to the flavour.
The rhum flavours are intense but bring out the spicy, sweet notes of the Speyside whisky.it has a very earthy quality that makes for a really rich flavour overall. Oak wood abounds and turns into a lovely soft vanilla and white sugar note alongside the rhum.
The finish is bold and exciting, with pineapples, caramel and oak wood to end.
Alongside the Cider Cask release, this is a fantastic addition to the Curiosity Collection that really brings to life the innovation going on at Glen Moray. We can’t wait for the next installation.