Bourbon casks are the norm at Glann ar Mor, so this Oloroso Sherry finish is something of a novelty. The peat has a mezcal-like edge, in this case there’s opening suggestions of vinyl and varnish, mingling with vaguely green notes (white pepper, dried grass). Aeration accents the sweet barley as honey, boiled confectionary, marzipan? The peat is more definitive in the mouth, infusing flavours of toasted fruit cake. Green-wood smoke and a slightly grassy bitter-sweetness trail off in the finish. Always engaging, this distillery has established a distinctive style early on. Non chill filtered. 46% Alc./Vol.
"Glann ar Mor" is a familly owned artisan distillery, created by Martine and Jean Donnay and facing the seaside on the Northern coast of Brittany in France, in a wild and beautiful setting. With its double live flame distillation (yes, for the wash still "and" the spirit still), its pair of small onion shaped stills, its worm tubs, its wooden wash backs, and in being easily "The Slowest Distiller in the West", Glann ar Mor is really different and simply unique amongst whisky distilleries. There must be magic in their hands, for the quality of their whiskey is impressive and to Jim Murray also. Not only that, but being the first in the world to age in Sauternes casks may have helped also !