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Filey Bay Moscatel Finish Single Malt English Whisky (700ml)
With two Forsyths pot stills and a four-plate copper column, the Spirit of Yorkshire distillery have plenty of options when it comes to nailing a house style. This example falls into the experimental category, however it's now sold out at the distillery, so we can assume the experiment was a success! While sherries like Pedro Ximenez and Oloroso are well known in single malt whisky maturation, Moscatel is much more unusual. The varietal is known for its floral aromas (orange blossom, jasmine and honeysuckle) as well as citric notes like lime and grapefruit. The Yorkshire team initially matured this expression in 200 litre bourbon casks (filled in 2016), before transferring it to 250 litre Hogshead barrels that previously held Spanish Moscatel. The result is summed up as a really interesting, flavourful whisky - light and soft but with layers of tropical fruit and sweet spice. You can also expect notes of honeycomb, orange marmalade, dried fruits and cocoa. Very limited stocks from an outturn of 6000 bottles. 46% Alc./Vol. Non chill filtered.
Other reviews... A gorgeously weighted, charismatic malt with a sublime usage of fruit which does not - and this is so rare these days - overburden. 94.5 points - Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2022
91 points - International Wine & Spirits Competition 2020