I returned to the chain today to find that the chardonnay bottles have gone, but replaced with just a plain NAS. It was a remarkably cheap bottling - $36, which is cheaper than JW Black.
Anyone tried this recently? Is it an improvement on the chardonnay finish?
I tasted them last year in early Summer time at the distillery together with Ed Dodson(distillery manager). I must say that the new wood policy is doing well. I found all three versions("Classic"[8Y old], 12Y old and the 16Y old) quite good and attractive, but most of all not very expensive for a reasonable quality malt whisky.
agreed this bottle in England is available for very cheap in some supermarkets. Have even seen it at under £20 for litre at Christmas. Have tried this in the distillery and found it quite nice before dinner. At the shop at the distillery they sell different ages of the malt. But I found the Chardonney bottling the best for an inpromtue gathering of friends who do not yet have the palet for more robust bottlings of the islands. Owned by the Glenmorangie company who also produce Ardbeg. Try this for an after dinner malt with a cigar....mmmm
I still got a bottle of 12Y old Chenin Blanc Finish left and a 16Y old Chardonay Finish left on stock.
In any event, I was astounded at how creamy it was. And an overwhelming sense of vanilla in both nose and palate. It almost tasted like creaming soda. Delicious!
I've always had a soft spot for Glen Moray. It's probably the neglected sibling in the Glenmorangie PLC stable, but it seems to produce perfectly good whiskies at very good prices.
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