SCOTCH whisky firm Morrison Bowmore Distillers has launched the first single malts to be matured in virgin oak casks from two of its distilleries.
The Auchentoshan and Glen Garioch Virgin Oak malts were solely matured in virgin North American oak casks – wood that is previously untouched by any spirit.
In Auchentoshan’s case, the distillery team put small batches of the triple-distilled spirit in virgin North American oak in a bid to “challenge the firmly entrenched belief” that Scotch whisky must be matured in ex-bourbon or sherry casks. The resulting Auchentoshan Virgin Oak whisky is said to have spiced apple and candied notes, and layers of complexity.
“The result is a lowland whisky that is subtle as well as complex in nature,” said Auchentoshan brand manager Gordon Dundas.
Meanwhile, Glen Garioch Virgin Oak is described as a single malt that’s “packed with spiciness and vanilla”. Just 120 cases of the 46% ABV limited edition single malt have been released in the UK.
Rachel Barrie, master blender for Morrison Bowmore Distillers, said Glen Garioch Virgin Oak is a malt for “real aficionados”.
“The final result is a fusion of vanilla, caramelised wood sugars and oak spices – a match made in heaven and a stand out for malt enthusiasts,” she said.
Image – The 46% ABV Glen Garioch Virgin Oak.