Glen Moray Unveils A Tokaji Wine Cask Finish Single Malt

By Allyson Nichols / June 27, 2021

Glen Moray recently unveiled a new 2005 Tokaji wine cask Finish single malt Scotch whisky as a part of its Warehouse 1 Collection.

Distilled in October 2005 and finished in oak casks that once held Tokaji Aszú wine, this new cask strength dram is a marriage of what’s described as Glen Moray spirit and the sweet, nutty notes of Hungary’s decadent dessert wine. Fans of the distillery can expect a ‘full-on sweetshop’ on the nose, to malty, maple syrup flavors and a long, lingering marzipan finish, according to official tasting notes.

Five Tokaji casks from the Elgin distillery’s Warehouse 1 have been used for the small-batch release. After the success of the first Warehouse 1 release last year, the collection has been given a design update, featuring a colorful Warehouse 1 stamp in deep, soft gold that represents the Tokaji casks with an illustration of the warehouse also featured, including the birds that circle overhead on a typical day at the distillery.

Glen Moray Warehouse 1 2005 Tokaji Finish

Glen Moray Warehouse 1 2005 Tokaji Finish (image via Glen Moray)

“When our distillers talk about Warehouse 1 it’s almost as if they’re letting you into a secret. This is their special space for experimentation, innovation and patiently waiting for the character of each whisky to develop,” Glen Moray Brand Ambassador Iain Allan said in a prepared statement. “This is a mark that signifies exclusive, small scale releases, non-chill-filtered and bottled at cask strength and with natural color. Drinkers can be assured that each whisky has been made with a spirit of adventure, resulting in a dram packed with character and delicious flavor.”

The new expression will be the first of three launches scheduled for the Warehouse 1 Collection this year. All will share a theme celebrating what’s noted by the brand as Glen Moray’s classic Speyside spirit matured in casks sourced from some of Europe’s oldest, noblest and most distinctively flavored wine varieties.

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Glen Moray Warehouse 1 2005 Tokaji Finish is bottled at cask strength (56.3% ABV) and non-chill-filtered with natural color. It is a UK exclusive, available in 70cl packs in specialist whisky shops, with a retail price of £75 ($105.63 USD).