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Glen Moray launches Rhum Agricole Cask Finish

Glen Moray Distillery, part of the Bardinet/La Martiniquaise portfolio of brands has announced the launch of the second limited-edition in the Curiosity Collection — Glen Moray Rhum Agricole Cask Finish Project.

The release is a UK exclusive.

After the launch of Glen Moray Cider Cask Project last year, master distiller Graham Coull has collaborated with the brand St James, AOC Rhum in Martinique. 

When the selected rhum casks arrived from the plantations in Martinique Graham said: “I could see they had enjoyed their time in Martinique! They were weather-beaten and rugged on the outside, but the aromas that came from within were breathtaking’.

Graham claims to have wanted to capture the character of the rhum and marry it with the Glen Moray flavours. He decided to finish Glen Moray Rhum Agricole Cask Finish Project for longer; two years in the rhum casks, and opted for a whisky which was not too mature and complemented the character of the rhum. The casks had been filled with St James AOC Agricole Rhum for between 10-18 years with gentle notes of macerated fruit, roasting and subtle spice.

Graham says: “My main aim was to showcase the character of the rhum and this meant opting for an age of spirit which was not too mature and therefore would complement the rhum character rather than stifle it."

Talking about the combination of flavours, Marc Sassier says it's a marriage of “the delicacy and finesse of Glen Moray and the roasting and warmth of St James Rhum Agricole”.

Graham Coull says: “It really does bring a little bit of Martinique sunshine to what can be a damp, dreich Scotland!”.

Glen Moray Rhum Agricole Cask Finish Project  is 46.3% ABV and is exclusively available through The Whisky Exchange through August, before released to other UK retailers henceforth. A 70cl bottle is RRP £54.99 and the limited-edition is just 3060 bottles.

2 August 2019 - Sam Coyne The Drinks Report, editor