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12 years old
'93 GlenMoray - Glenlivet
The Vintage
Malt Whisky Co, Ltd, Glasgow

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43 %
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The Glen Moray - Glenlivet Distillery,

15 years old
The Glen Moray - Glenlivet Distillery,

The Laich of Moray is that seaboard plain, on the Moray Firth, protected against the prevailing westerly winds by the Monadhliath and Cairngorm Mountains.
The mild, even climate of the Laich produces some of the best malting barley in Scotland and, with Glen Moray, one of Scotland's Finest Malt Whiskies.

16 years old
40 %
The Glen Moray - Glenlivet Distillery,

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40 %
'The given Malt'
The chosen gift for the favoured few
The Glen Moray - Glenlivet Distillery,
Elgin, Speyside

12 years old
'The Given Malt'
The chosen gift for the favoured few
The Glen Moray - Glenlivet Distillery,
Elgin, Speyside

Glen Moray is quietly matured for 12 years on the banks of the River Lossie in Elgin -the capital of Speyside, Scotland's most famous malt whisky region.
After years, this warming whisky with its spicy hints of vanilla and toffee is then further mellowed in Chenin Blanc white wine barrels. Here the whisky's distinctive character develops, with the wine's honeylike, silky fresh fruit notes emerging.

16 years old
40 %  
'The given Malt'
The chosen gift for the favoured few
The Glenmoray - Glenlivet Distillery,
Elgin, Speyside

Glen Moray is quietly matured for 16 years on the banks of the River Lossie in Elgin -the capital of Speyside, Scotland's most famous malt whisky region.
After 16 years this well-rounded whisky with its smoky peatiness combined with citrus and violet notes is further mellowed in Chenin Blanc white wine barrels. Here the whisky's complex character develops, with the wine's honey-like, silky fresh fruit notes emerging.

8 years old
43 %
The Glenmoray - Glenlivet Distillery,

Glen Moray, with its smooth, rounded taste and soft fresh bouquet, is an exellent justi¬fication of the old Moray proverb: Speak well of the Highlands but live in the Laich'.
Formerly a Brewery, Glen Moray was established as a Distillery in 1897.
This fine Speyside Malt Whisky is distilled in the cathedral city of Elgin to this day.

12 years old
60.5 %
Matured in toasted and charred
first-fill, mountain oak casks from
North America
Date Cask filled 10/03/91
Hand Bottled
Date Bottled 3/12/03
Limited Edition
Numbered Bottles
800 Bottles
Non Chill - Filtered
The Glen Moray - Glenlivet Distillery,

This unique limited edition marries together, for the first time, single malt whisky matured in toasted and charred, first - fill, mountain oak casks from North America

In October 2003, Ed Dodson, Glen Moray Distillery Manager celebrated 40 years in the distilling industry. Using his wealth of knowledge and experience, these casks have been specially selected by Ed to create this superb Manager's Choice limited edition..

40 %
The Glenmoray - Glenlivet Distillery,

Aged 34 years
55,5 %
Distilled January 1975
Cask Type: Refill Hogshead
1 of only 180 bottles
Society Single Cask No: 35.28
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, The Vaults,
Leith, Edinburgh
Panel members quarred in old sack

The nose has many faces – caramel and beeswax polish; sherry and Hessian; mandarins and
tulips. Water brings blood oranges, vanilla and burnt filo pastry. The palate is huge, lively
and hot, with candied orange, lavender, charred wood, pepper and coal – tar soap

We, the Tasting Panel, verify that the Scotch Malt Whisky inside this bottle has been passed
under some of the most scrupulous noses in the world and approved for release as a Society
bottling. Only single cask whiskies that promise to intrigue, entertain and delight our members
are selected, true to our motto:” To leave no nose upturned”

The unreduced nose inspired diverse impressions: some commented on the heavy sweetness of
honeycomb and caramel, some indentified beeswax polish and “magic balloons” Others found
rich, spicy wood, a touch of phenols, madarins and tulips. “Old Sack sherry” said the Geordie –
blender; “Old sack bung – clothes “said the Moffat – man.

The palate was huge, lively and hot, delivering spun sugar, candied orange and sweet charred
wood with menthol and lavender spikes. Water brought Friar’s Balsam, blood oranges,  vanilla
and burnt filo pastry to the nose while the palate swam with bitter orange, peppery spice and
honey on coal – tar soap. Distilled near Elgin’s town - centre  

Aged 35 years
56.1 %
Society Single Cask No. 35.41
Cask Type: Refill Hogshead
Distilled January 1975
Outturn 179 bottles
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society,
The Vaults, Leith, Edinburgh
"Sweet and savoury in a double oven"

We, the Tasting Panel, verify that the Scotch Malt Whisky inside this bottle has been
passed under some of the most scrupulous noses in the world and approved for release
as a Society bottling. Only single cask whiskies that promise to intrigue, entertain and       
delight our members are selected, true to our motto: “To leave no nose upturned”.      
The warm nose has vanilla, honey and lemon in a syrup sponge pudding. Water reveals      
sugared almonds, honeycomb fudge and poached pears. The palate is syrupy and spicy
with treacle, marmalade and allspice, becoming Brazil nut, honey and walnuts with water
The nose was of warm baking; lemon juice and baking soda before toasted vanilla pods      
and honey were added to the mix. Syrup sponge pudding melded with orange blossom      
and maple syrup. Spices were added to oriental spare ribs coated with allspice. The       
palate was  syrupy with a spicy kick – treacle scones with Nutella, well – toasted bread       
with marmalade, and sweet and spicy Char Sui chow mein. A few drops of water revea-      l
ed sugared almonds, maple syrup and honeycomb fudge; poached pears with vanilla      
ice cream and a dusting of cinnamon. The reduced palate was nutty and creamy; Brazil       
nut brittle and walnut whip with a honey nut cereal bar. This distillery in Elgin was       
formerly a brewery, converted to a distillery

Aged 8 years
40 %
Single Speyside Malt Scotch Whisky
Glen Moray - Glenlivet Distillery, Elgin

The Glen Moray Distillery has been producing the finest quality malt whisky since it
was first established over a century ago in 1897. The Distillery sits on the banks of the
River Lossie.

Elgin is situated in the Laich of Moray, otherwise known as the “granary of Scotland”a fertile seaboard plain, between the Moray Firth and the Monadhliath and Cairngorn mountains.

Glen Moray Single Malt Whisky is matured in traditional, low roofed warehouses allowing
Its light and refreshing character to emerge. A subtle Speyside malt, Glen Moray is matured
in oak casks producing a whisky which is light gold in clour and gently spiced with fruity
butterscotch notes.          

Aged 36 years
53.1 %
Unique Whiskies of Distinction
Fons et Origo
Est. 1938
Speyside Scotch Whisky
Date distilled: 10.1973
Cask no: 7037
Date bottled: 04.2010
328 Numbered bottles
No Chill Filtering No Colouring of any kind
Duncan Taylor & Co, Ltd, Huntly, Aberdeenshire

Age 33 years
53.6 %
Society Single Cask No: 35.51
Cask Type : 1st Fill Barrel / Ex Bourbon
Distilled December 1976

Outturn: 1 of 313 bottles
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society,
The Vaults, Leith, Edinburgh
"Every Flavour Beans

We, the Tasting Panel, verify that the Scotch Malt Whisky inside this bottle has been
passed under some og the most scrupulous noses in the world and approved for release
as a Society bottling.

Only single cask whiskies that promise to intrigue, entertain and delight our members
are  selected, true to our motto: “To leave no nose upturned”.

With aromas of tinned peaches, iced  cinnamon buns, leather, spearmint, plums nutmeg,
saddles, grass, cocoa and tastes of green ginger, angelica, blackcurrant sorbet, dark
chocolate, fresh mint, cherries and tarragon this is calming yet hot and lively.

Water is essential.

This has it all. Beef carpaccio, salt cod, leather, tobacco, plums, tinned peaches, nutmeg,
Iced cinnamon buns, saddles, straw (an old stable minus the horse said one), wallpaper
paste, grass, cocoa ( and both dark and milk chocolate).

The taste it was calming, yet hot and spicy with green ginger, angelica, tarragon and blackcurrant sorbet.

Water brought out a lovely lively spearmint note. There was also leather, dark chocolate
and pipe tobacco.

Herbal, peppery, fruity and fresh to taste, think béarnaise sauce on fresh mint and cherries
served in leather tobacco pouches.

Situated in Elgin on the site of an old brewery.

Aged 10 years
40 %
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Glen Moray Distillery Ltd, Elgin

Aged  30  years
43 %                                                      
SINGLE  SPEYSIDE  MALT                                                     
SCOTCH  WHISKY                                                      
VINTAGE  LIMITED  EDITION                                                      
One of 6000 Bottles                                                      
Date of Bottling 22 / 11 / 04                                                     
LIMITED  EDITION                                                     
Distilled, Matured and Bottled in Scotland                                                      
The Glenmoray – Glenlivet Distillery, Elgin

Probably the most elegant and sophisticated example of Glen Moray ever bottled, this
specially selected 30 year old has an amazing finesse, magnificent balance and lingering

Colour: Bright Gold
Nose: Exceptional elegance and softness on the nose, this is a truly exquisite example
of finesse and refinement of malt flavours over time. At full strength, the delicate
aroma reveals a complex mix of scented and sweet aromatics, ethereal and floral
scents in a pot – pourri mix ( with geraniums, violets and roses) Balanced bt the softness
of vanilla with hints of bergamot and wild mint in the background are the hallmark Glen
Moray scents with flowering currants and spices ( ginger, cloves and ground nutmeg).

With water, the subtleties of this classic malt are revealed the sweetness of golden syrup
and lemon curd. Beneath which is discovered an “antique “elegance reminiscent of  
chestnut cabinets treated with linseed oil and a hint of soft leather is a reminder.                                                                   
This “antique “aroma is a reminder that this is a very fine malt whisky that has taken on
unique characteristics over its 30 years in oak casks.

Taste: A highly sophisticated flavor that is remarkable soft, sweet and smooth for its 30
years. This is quality aged whisky at its very best. On first sip, the sensuous oiliness
gently caresses the palate as the flavours glide from front to back bringing elegant
aromatics (lavender, heather, vanilla, eucalyptus and hints of tea tree oil). This sensuous
oiliness progesses to a melting softness, revealing a luscious sweet middle, reminiscent
of lemon sponge and cream with a good dose of vanilla, oak makes it’s presence known
but never dominates, revealed as gentle nut oils and spices, the flavor finally evolves into dates and figs.

Finish: Long and elegant to the end, the finish has a amazing finesse with gentle nut oils
hints  of dates and figs and the softness of vanilla cream.

Aged 39 years
46.2 %
Date distilled: 19th February 1974
Cask Type: Refill Hogshead / ex Bourbon
Outturn: One of only 179 Bottles
Society Code No: CODE 35.101
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society,
The Vaults, Leith, Edinburgh
“ Oh How Joyfully “

We, the Tasting Panel, verify that the Scotch Malt Whisky inside this bottle has been
passed under some of the most scrupulous noses in the world and approved for re-
lease as a Society bottling.

Only single cask whiskies that promise to intrigue, entertain and delight our members
are selected, true to our motto: “TO  LEAVE  NO  NOSE UPTURNED “.

Very gentle start, baked apples, anise – flavoured cookies and a fresh cut fir tree. The
taste is honey mouth coating with sandalwood and resin. Adding wate: candied orange
and citrus peel, dried fruits and a mixture of light woodiness, fragrant spices and fresh

A gentle and soft aroma to start, almost shy, but it heightened our expectations of what
was to come. Making  baked apples with brown sugar, cinnamon, chopped pecans, currants,
raisins and sultanas as well as anise – flavoured cookies, a smell of pine needles and wood
sap from a fresh cut fir tree – happy childhood memories of the night before Christmas.

It is a waxy,.oily, honey mouth coating texture with flavours of sandalwood, esin and exotic

With water there is a hint of wood smoke followed by candied orange and lemon peel, dried
fruits and cardamom.

Now on the taste a pleasant lioght woodiness combined with fragrant spices and fresh mint – this makes a great dram

Since  1897
Elgin Classic
40 %
Speyside Single Malt Scotch  Whisky
Distilled and Matured in Elgin
Glen Moray Distillery Limited, Elgin

A Glen Moray Classic selected from the finest American oak
barrels and finished for 8 months in Port pipes.

Colour Light gold
Nose First impressions are of toasted vanilla and subtle hints
of oak. Dried fruits and leather follows.
Taste A wonderful burst of spicehits the tongue combined with
the refreshing lemony citrus tang. Traces of cinnamon and
caramel sweetness emerge.
Finish A smooth finish with soft oak and honey sweetness
lingering gently on the tongue as the spice continues to
tingle and dark chocolate flavour to develop.

Since 1897
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
40 %
Glen Moray Distillery Limited, Elgin

The Glen Moray Distillery has been producing Single Malt Scotch Whisky
since the 19th Century from Elgin , the capital of Speyside, Scotland’s
most famous whisky region,

A rich Glen Moray single malt double matured from the great combination
of traditional oak casks and 8 months in Chardonnay wine barrels.

Tasring Notes: Vanilla and cinnamon.
Colour: Old gold
Nose: a fresh clean nose with hints of apples, pear drops fresh key lime pie
and bubbligum fading to a cinnamon sugar aroma.
Taste:  An elegant whisky with a soft mouthfeel and a taste befitting this
meeting of Speyside and Burgundy.
Finish: A nutty vanilla comes bursting out with a soft cinnamon spice cul –
minating in a gentle floral finish.

Since 1897
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
40 %
Double Matured
Distilled and matured in Elgin
Glen Moray Distillery Limited, Elgin

The Glen Moray Distillery has been producing Single Malt Scotch Whisky since the 9th
Century from Elgin, the capital of Speyside, Scotand’s most famous whisky regin.

The craft of producing this elegant and well – rounded Single Malt has been passed
from genertaion tp generation ensuring the legacy of the Glen Moray Distillery

Double matured selected from the finest American oak barrels and finished in Olor –
roso casks, specially selected by our master distiller from the world famous Jerez
sherry producing reio of Spain.

Colour: Burnished gold
Nose: Bursting with dried fruits, cinnamon and toffee – candy.
Taste:Incredeble layers of sweet vanilla oak, dark chocolate and oriental spice.
Finish: sastisfying long woth a tingle of spice.
Food Paring: With shortbread or a rich fruit cake. Alternatively match the spice
of the whisky tp a slow cooked chilli con carne.

GLEN  MORAY                                                                           
Since 1897
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
40 %                                                            
Distilled and Matured in Elgin
Glen Moray  Distillery Limited, Elgin

The Glen Moray Distillery has been producing Single Malt Scotch Whisky since the 19th Century from Elgin, the capital of Speyside, Scotland’s most famous whisky region.

The Glen Moray Peated Classic is a unique well – rounded Single Malt Scotch Whisky
which offers a twist on the traditional Glen Moray flavour and character.

A Glen Moray Elgin Classic distilled using the finest malted barley which has been in –
fused with peat smoke.

Colour: Hidden beneath the subtle light golden colour is a rich seam of smoke.
Nose: Layers of peat with background of vanilla, Tangy rhubarb and hints of
Taste: Instant peat smoke, lightly spiced with creamy vanilla.
Finish: Long, sweet and spicy.


Elgin, Morayshire. Eigendom van Macdonald & Muir Ltd
Gesticht in 1897 op de plaats waar eerder de West Brewery van Henri Arnot & Co, stond.
Delen van deze oude brouwerij maken nog deel uit van de distilleerderij.
Kort na het opstarten van Glen Moray, kwam de whiskyboom ten einde, dat was in 1898.
R.J. Thome, eigenaar van Glen Moray ging in liquidatie.
Glen Moray was gesloten van 1910 - 1923.
Glen Moray werd in 1920 gekocht door Macdonald & Muir Ltd, een afnemer van de whisky.
The Royal Burch of Elgin was eens de whiskyhoofdstad van Schotland met een intensieve export van whisky naar vooral de Baltische landen.
Het omliggende gebied, bekend als de Laich ö'Moray, is beroemd vanwege de hele goede opbrengst van gerst.
Een oud gezegde is 'The Laich of Moray has forty days more summer than any other part of Scotland'. Dit stond ook wel vermeld op de labels van Glen Moray.
Glen Moray werd uitgebreid in 1958 met twee- tot vier ketels, en met een produktieka-paciteit van ongeveer 1,75 miljoen liter spirit per jaar.
In 1958 werd ook een Saladin Box systeem gebouwd, die weer verdween in 1977.
De heel moderne gebouwen buiten de distilleerderij zijn graansilo's, die werden in 1960 gebouwd.
Het proceswater en koelwater komt via de rivier de Lossie van de Mannoch Hills. Glen Moray is heel populair bij blenders.
Veel van de whisky gaat traditioneel in de blend Highland Queen van The Glenmorangie Ltd, de nieuwe naam voor MacDonald & Muir Ltd.
September 2004
Glen Moray opent een bezoekerscentrum in zijn voormalige vatenmakerij. Ook is er een winkel.
Ter viering van de opening wordt een first-fill cask strenght botteling uitgebracht.
20 October 2004
Het Franse Moet Hennessy, onderdeel van het concern L V M H, koopt The Glenmorangie plc voor € 300 miljoen = G 430 miljoen.
In 1999 werden er drie 'Wood Finishings' uitgebracht.

In de lagerpakuizen liggen 50.000 ex- Bourbonvaten, die worden betrokken van Makers Mark en Heaven Hill.
De vermelding "93 op het etiket van sommige (oudere) bottelingen, slaat op het stichtingsjaar van MacDonald & Muir Limited: 1893.
De Mash tun is 7,5 ton.
De vijf Wash backs zijn elk 39.600 liter.
De twee Wash stills kunnen 9900 liter bevatten, de twee Spirit stills elk 5800 liter en worden met stoom verhit.
In 1999 wordt een bezoekers centrum geopend.

2008 September L V M H (Luis Vuitton) verkoopt Glen Moray aan het Franse La Martiniquaise die in Frankrijk Glen Turner Pure Malt verkoopt, wat de meest verkochte malt whisky is in Frankrijk

La Martiniquaise beschikt in Schotland reeds over een Warehousing- en bottling
complex te Bathgate, tussen Glasgow en Edinburgh

Op het moment van aankoop van Glen Moray kwamen de vergunningen af om
dit complex uit te breiden met een malt- en grain distilleerderij

Het is niet bekend of deze uitbreiding doorgaat na de aankoop van Glen Moray

Soft and fruity are the key words when talking of Glen Moray which makes it a very amenable partner with American oak.

It is believed that the closeness of the river and the high water table produces a slightly warmer and more humid microclimate which assists maturation. Since the La Martiniquaise takeover [see below] a higher percentage of first-fill American oak is used, adding more buttery notes to the mix. It was one of the first whiskies to be ‘finished’ in wine casks – Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay specifically – as well as Port. After a few quiet years, new releases are beginning to appear. Some peated malt is now being run as well.

Also produced here

Although now in the midst of housing, Glen Moray originally sat outwith Elgin’s boundaries (it was where the burgh’s gallows once stood) and started life as a brewery, taking its water and power from the fast flowing River Lossie alongside. The downside of this watery proximity is the act that the distillery regularly floods.

Its function changed in 1897 as one of the many new distilleries built (or in this case converted) at a time when the whisky boom seemed never ending. Like many [Imperial, Benriach] it fell victim to the slump which took place at the start of the 20th century and closed in 1910, being snapped up in 1923 by Macdonald & Muir (owner of Glenmorangie).

A large Saladin maltings was installed in 1958 when the number of stills doubled to four. The maltings ran until 1978.

In the latter part of its ownership by Glenmorangie, Glen Moray became the firm’s ‘budget’ malt with a price often the same as standard blends. While sales rose, there was little profit made and the distillery’s image was badly damaged.

In 2008, it was sold to French distilling firm La Martiniquaise, predominantly for fillings for its Label Five and Glen Turner brands. Capacity has since been increased by 40% with new washbacks and another pair of stills being installed.

Steam from gas and oil
No phenols
Boort Malt, Crisp, Bairds and Muntons
Semi Lauter
Dunnage and palletised
River Lossie
Mauri Distiller's Yeast
La Martiniquaise logo
La Martiniquaise
2008 - present
Glen Turner Company
LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton
2004 - 2008
The Glenmorangie Company
1996 - 2004
Macdonald & Muir
1923 - 1996
Glen Moray Glenlivet Distillery Co
1897 - 1923

November 2018
Blended Scotch whisky Cutty Sark, which has its roots in Prohibition America, has been sold to French drinks group La Martiniquaise-Bardinet.

French ownership: Historic blended Scotch Cutty Sark has been purchased by La Martiniquaise-Bardinet
Glasgow-based Edrington sold the brand for an undisclosed sum.

In June Edrington put up the Cutty Sark brand and Glenturret distillery – the home of the Famous Grouse – for sale after deciding to focus on its luxury brands, including the Macallan and Highland Park.

The purchase of Cutty Sark makes La Martiniquaise-Bardinet, which owns Glen Moray and Starlaw distilleries, as well as the Sir Edward’s and Label 5 blended Scotch whiskies, the world’s fifth-largest spirits group.

The transfer is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

Edrington will continue to provide blending and bottling and other associated services during a transition period.

Ian Curle, chief executive of Edrington, said: ‘Cutty Sark is a great Scotch whisky and has been a worldwide whisky icon for the last 90 years.

‘We are pleased to be transferring the brand to La Martiniquaise-Bardinet and know that it will thrive under their ownership.’

Founded in 1923, Cutty Sark was illegally smuggled into the US during Prohibition by then owner Berry Bros. & Rudd, where it established a strong following.

Jean-Pierre Cayard, president of La Martiniquaise-Bardinet, said: ‘We are proud to take ownership of this powerful brand. Cutty Sark perfectly complements our portfolio of international brands including Label 5, Sir Edward’s & Glen Moray Scotch whisky, Poliakov vodka, Porto Cruz and Negrita & Saint James rum.

‘This acquisition is a major step forward to accelerate our international expansion. It will further strengthen our position in Europe and boost our presence in key markets such as the US & Japan. With Cutty Sark, we consolidate our position in Scotch whisky, entering in the world’s top five groups.’

Named after the famous British clipper ship, Cutty Sark is a light blend centred around North British and Invergordon grain whiskies, with malts from over 40 distilleries.

Cutty Sark remained under the ownership of Berry Bros. & Rudd until 2010 when ownership was transferred to Edrington.

There is currently no update on the sale of Glenturret distillery.
May 2017
Speyside distillery Glen Moray celebrates its 120th anniversary this year and has grand plans for its future,age statements, playful innovation and his plans for future releases.
Graham Coull: Glen Moray’s distillery manager worked in brewing before moving to whisky
‘I was born in Elgin, schooled in Forres and studied for a chemistry degree at Edinburgh University. My first job was with Webster’s brewery in Halifax, Yorkshire, and then I got a job with William Grant in 1994. Initially, I worked on the bottling side, and then became process leader in Dufftown, which meant, in effect, that I was distillation manager for Glenfiddich, Balvenie and Kininvie. I came to Glen Moray in 2005.

‘My mother and father were both teachers, and dad was a chemistry teacher who wrote a course on whisky production, so there was definitely an influence there. There were no jobs in the whisky industry when I qualified, so it was a choice of brewing or working on the nuclear fuel re-processing plant at Sellafield in Cumbria. I chose brewing.

‘Being distillery manager at Glen Moray involves the day-to-day running, making sure you produce the right amount of spirit, and dealing with all the admin and red tape. The master distiller role is about working on ideas for new expressions, and these tend to be led by me. I go to the marketing team and suggest things. For example, we’re thinking of producing a 21-year-old, but I need to be sure we have the stock before I can come up with ideas.

‘We’ve just produced a range of 1994 vintages as distillery-exclusive expressions, and I knew it was a great year. I’m lucky in that I’m given lots of freedom. I source all the casks and I do different things that may come together. For example, I’ve filled peated spirit into fino Sherry casks and we’ll see what happens.

‘From the master distiller point of view, it’s fun to get the chance to play around and put together expressions like our latest Mastery, which is being launched for the distillery’s anniversary. It contains 20% Port cask-matured whisky from 1988, while 80% of the component whiskies date from 1994 or earlier.

‘It has a backbone of Madeira wood, with some Sherry and Port influences in there too. It links the five managers that the distillery has had during its existence and the work I’ve done. It reflects the levels of experience and knowledge of those people.

Distillery milestone: Glen Moray celebrates its 120th anniversary this year

‘I love numbers, so I really like making forecasts, working to see what I’ll be short of in 2023. You’ve got to get the numbers right, just as you need to fill the right types of cask with great spirit. During the last five to 10 years we’ve really managed to get across that Glen Moray is a good malt whisky.

‘It’s always been highly-regarded for blending and if you have a good blending malt, you have character. We produce a Speyside malt with quite a lot of character. I’m delighted to see Glen Moray given respect, taken seriously, but also readily available and sensibly priced for the consumer. It exceeds people’s expectations, and that’s always nice.

‘We introduced 12-, 15- and 18-year-old expressions this year as the Elgin Heritage Collection, having previously had a 12- and a 16-year-old. We increased the Sherry influence in the 15, compared to the previous 16-year-old.

‘Ultimately, it boils down to the fact that in order to be able to do things like this, you have to have the liquid. We’ve made sure we kept enough back over the years, we didn’t sell our soul. We’ve never had to take an age statement off a whisky. Just the opposite, in fact.

‘The Classic NAS range of single malt, Classic Port, Classic Sherry, Classic Chardonnay and Classic Peated, is a great introduction to whisky. I like age statements, but I’m not precious about them. You can get a six-year-old in a first-fill cask which is better than a much older expression in a refill cask.

‘We have nine warehouses, mainly palletised, and the owner [La Martiniquaise] has Port, Madeira and rum brands, which gives us a source of interesting casks. If you ask what’s exciting me in those warehouses right now I’d say lots of different wine cask maturations, especially Cabernet Sauvignon, and rum.

‘I want to see how the peated Glen Moray turns out as it gets older. I’ve got lots of stock ageing and I think it works really well with time. You can drink peated at six years of age, no problem. That’s enough age with good casks and it’s the sort of age our Classic range is bottled at.

Experimental approach: Coull has filled fino Sherry casks with peated spirit

‘We’ve had two expansions at Glen Moray, and in four years we’ve gone from a capacity of 2m litres per year to 5.6m litres. The distillery works 24/7. Between 30% and 40% of what we produce goes for single malt, and we make 250,000 litres of peated spirit each year, some of which goes into our Classic Peated expression and some for the owner’s Label 5 blend.

‘We’re in the process of creating a new production area, which contains three wash stills. We’re changing over all six of the stills in the existing still house to become spirit stills. They’re all the same shape, so it won’t affect spirit character. We fitted eight new outdoor washbacks last year, having previously installed six external ones during the first round of expansion.

‘I like the fact that Glen Moray is a distillery with heritage, dating back to 1897. We’ve got old parts and newer areas, and it feels good to have played my own part in expanding it. I’ve grown with the distillery over the 12 years I’ve been here, and the range of expressions has grown too, which has been great.

‘The single malt category as a whole is doing well, but you always have to be innovating. The public are much more adventurous than they were even 10 years ago, and more willing to try new things – the same as with food. The world has become a smaller place, and whiskies from all over the world are now accessible.

‘My personal favourite whiskies tend not to be overly Sherried. I like Caol Ila, for example, and my favourite Glen Moray is the new 15-year-old. I really like the balance of 50:50 oloroso Sherry casks and Bourbon barrels. As for the future, well, I fancy trying triple distillation at some point.

August 2019
Speyside distillery Glen Moray has released its 21 Year Old Portwood Finish, a new addition to the distillery’s core range.

Into the woods: Glen Moray 21 Year Old Portwood Finish has been matured in ex-Port casks
Matured in American oak ex-Bourbon casks before a secondary maturation in Port casks, the 21 Year Old single malt is said to be full of ‘blackcurrant and liquorice’ notes with ‘chewy caramel toffee and chilli infused chocolate’ on the finish.

Graham Coull, master distiller at Glen Moray, said: ‘The whisky is the perfect balance of American oak and Port flavours – immerse yourself in what is a wonderfully complex dram.’

Bottled at 46.3% abv, the 21 Year Old was initially sold as an exclusive from Edinburgh’s Royal Mile Whiskies during the Whisky Fringe Festival 2019, which ran from 9-11 August.

However, the whisky is available from specialist whisky retailers worldwide from today (12 August), priced at £125 per 70cl bottle.

The 21 Year Old is part of Glen Moray’s Elgin Heritage collection, the distillery’s range of age-stated single malts described as ‘an accessible slice of luxury’, which also includes expressions such as the Bourbon-inspired Fired Oak.

The distillery is also experimenting with a series of more unusual cask finishes as part of its Curiosity Collection, such as its Rhum Agricole Project which was launched earlier this month.

August 2019
Glen Moray’s Graham Coull is set to leave the Speyside distillery and start a new position as master distiller of Dingle distillery in Ireland.

Graham Coull of Glen Moray soon Dingle distillery
Irish exit: Graham Coull will swap Speyside for County Kerry when he joins Dingle distillery
Coull, who has worked as distillery manager and master distiller at Glen Moray for 14 years, will join the County Kerry whisky and gin distillery in October 2019.

‘Becoming the distillery manager and master distiller at the Dingle distillery is an ideal opportunity for me to continue my passion for creating whiskies,’ Coull said.

‘I’m extremely impressed with the quality of the maturing spirit at Dingle and welcome the challenge of distilling in Dingle’s unique maturation conditions to craft the next small batch releases of Irish whiskey.

‘I’m looking forward to really exploring the similarities and differences between Scotch and Irish whiskey, comparing and contrasting the different styles and bringing my experience to develop the new expressions and releases. There are definitely exciting times ahead.’

Coull will now oversee the production of Dingle’s single malt and single pot still whiskeys, as well as its gin and vodka.

Elliot Hughes, partner at Dingle distillery, said: ‘I know our ever-expanding team in Dingle are looking forward to having [Graham] on board and learning from his wealth of experience acquired from over two decades working with whisky.

‘We are all eagerly anticipating the next chapter of the distillery and working alongside Graham on the continued development of our single malt and pot still whiskies as well as our gin and vodka.’

Coull began his career in whisky in 1994, working as bottling manager for William Grant & Sons before going on to become a process leader for the Glenfiddich, Balvenie and Kininvie distilleries.

He joined Glen Moray in 2005, and has since overseen two expansions of the distillery as well as the launch of several cask-finished expressions which have become the brand’s hallmark.

Glen Moray declined to comment regarding Coull’s departure. His replacement is yet to be announced.

July 2017
Speyside distillery Glen Moray has celebrated its 120th birthday with the release of Glen Moray Mastery, a single malt vatting of five different vintages dating back to 1978.

Glen Moray Mastery
Generation game: Glen Moray Mastery combines whisky distilled by three of its managers
The £800 whisky, described as encapsulating ‘the very essence of Glen Moray’, was created by Graham Coull, Glen Moray master distiller since 2005.

Coull selected five vintages to make Mastery, three of them laid down by his predecessors, Robert Brown (distillery manager 1959-87) and Ed Dodson (1987-2005), and two by Coull himself.

He experimented using whisky matured in different fortified wine casks (Sherry, Madeira and Port) to form the backbone of the new release.

‘The Madeira casks that we’ve chosen to form the heart of the whisky relate back to the genuine traditions of Glen Moray experimenting with different, innovative techniques in maturation,’ said Coull. ‘It’s me putting a twist on the spirit that was made by previous generations of master distillers.’

The vatting includes whisky distilled in 1978 – some of the oldest in the Glen Moray warehouses – as well as casks filled by Ed Dodson during the 1980s and 1990s.

Coull added: ‘We’ve intertwined these with whisky that has spent its full term in first-fill Sherry casks, and also a proportion that has been finished in Port, to develop the layers of complexity in the overall bottling.

‘The Port-finished whisky brings a little lightness, which we felt perfectly balances the more robust flavours of the Sherry and Madeira casks in the blend.’

Bottled non-chill-filtered at 52.3% abv, 1,000 numbered 70cl/75cl decanters of Glen Moray Mastery, packaged in leather boxes, will be released from this week, priced at £800 per bottle.

A former brewery in Elgin, Glen Moray was converted to distillation in 1897, at the height of the late Victorian whisky boom.

Elgin West Brewery, 1830, is reconstructed as
Glen Moray Distillery
Glen Moray closes
Glen Moray is in fiancial troubles and is put
for sale, Macdonald & Muir buys the distillery
Production restarts
Reconstruction takes place and the floor maltings
are replaced with a Saladin box
The Maltings are closed
Two more stills are build, now 4
Macdonald & Muir Ltd changes name to
Glenmorangie Plc
Chardonnay NA, Chenin Blanc 12- and
16 years Wood Finishes are released
LVMH buys Glenmorangie
A 1986 CS, a 20 - and a 30 years old
are released
The Vintages 1963, 1964 and a new Manager's
Choice are released
A new Edition of Mountain Oak is released
Glen Moray is bought by La Martiniquaise
A 14 year old Port Finish, a 8 year old
matured in a red wine cask are released
Two cask fibishes and a Chardonnay
maturation are released
A 2003 Chenin Blanc is released
A 25 year old Port Wood Finish is
Glen Moray Classic Port Finish released
Glen Moray Classic Peated is
Glen Moray Classic Chardonnay Finish,
Glen Moray Classic Sherry Finsh and a
15 and 16 year old are released
Glen Moray Mastery is released
Glen Moray Fired Oak 10 years old
Glen Moray Rhum Agricola released
Capacity and Output 5.700.000 Ltrs
from whisch are 100.00 Ltrs Heavily Peated
A 13 years old Madeira Cask released

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