Ten days has passed by in the BTC 2015 competition and finally we got to taste the ‘special’ Scotch Malt Whisky Society bottling, which seems to be an annual occurrence. Last year we had a 8 yo Balmenach and last night we got to taste this special Glen Moray that was matured in a First-fill Toasted Oak Hogshead. Take this cask with the extra toasting, add a whisky that was matured in it for twenty years, brought us a whisky imparted with flavors that imitate a wine/sherry cask. In short: a perfect candidate to confuse us at the competition.
I couldn’t figure out what cask finish was used here. I assumed it’s some European wine and so gave up the idea of trying to figure out which distillery it is. Instead, I spread out my guesses, fishing for some points – I chooses Glenburgie (as a random Speyside distillery), 11 year old and 57.5%. Luckily, I got points for the region and ABV so I avoided another zero points day. Hurrah!