Glen Moray – 120th Anniversary Year

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Until last year I’d not heard of Glen Moray distillery and when I did learn of them it seemed like they were new kids on the block producing a range of low cost NAS expressions. Well it turns out they’ve been around for 120 years, who knew! 😉

120 years of single malt whisky making history at the Glen Moray distillery, at the heart of Scotland’s Speyside region, is celebrated throughout 2017.

The current Glen Moray distillery was originally developed as the Elgin West Brewery in 1830 and produced several local ales before redevelopment into a fully functional single malt distillery sixty-seven years later when The Glen Moray Glenlivet Distillery Company Limited was formed on the 27th January, 1897.The first drops of spirit ran from the copper pot stills at Glen Moray on the 13th September 1897. Over the last 120 years, just five men have had the honour of being “Master Distiller”. The men who have made Glen Moray great.

Glen Moray Single Malt Distillery has recently undertaken expansion works so that the production capacity has grown to 6.5mla.  Additional maturation warehouses have been built increasing the storage capacity from 90,000 barrels to 250,000 barrels.

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Graham Coull
, current Glen Moray Master Distiller, took over the helm in 2005 and continues the tenacious, innovative stewardship, which has remained very much at the heart of the distillery since spirit first flowed from its stills.

To celebrate the 120th Anniversary, Glen Moray are introducing “Mastery” special release crafted by the fifth Master Distiller, Graham Coull, using whisky from five distinctive vintages, matured in a variety of fortified wine casks across the different decades.

Well that’s the press release out of the way! Now onto the part you really want to know – what I think of Glen Moray’s whisky – don’t lie, I know you want to know my opinion otherwise you wouldn’t still be reading this 😉

If you’ve not tried any Glen Moray whisky then you should, for several reasons:

  1. It’s cheap as chips! Their Elgin Classic range are all around the £20 – £25 mark, sometimes even cheaper when on offer – bargain! Even their most expensive bottle, a 25 Year Old Port Cask Finish is only £150.
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  2. They’re trying new things – The Elgin Classic range includes a standard expression, Peated, Sherry Cask, Port Cask and soon to be added a Chardonnay Cask. Master Distiller, Graham Coull isn’t afraid to give new casks a try!
  3. Not only is Master Distiller, Graham Coull tenacious and innovative but he’s also not afraid to drink other whiskies. If you follow him on Twitter (which you should – here) you’ll see him drinking all sorts, not just Glen Moray. I think that shows he’s not just looking inwards but is paying attention to what’s going on around him in the whisky world.
  4. It’s cheap as chips! Their Elgin Classic range are all around the £20 – £25 mark, sometimes even cheaper when on offer – bargain! Even their most expensive bottle, a 25 Year Old Port Cask Finish is only £150.

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Seriously though at around £20 a bottle starting price how can you not give it a try? Even if you don’t like it you can always use it in cocktails (like this one) or in cooking… or just take it to a party to share!

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