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GLEN MORAY   

12 years old

43%            
'93 GlenMoray - Glenlivet
VINTAGE
SINGLE HIGHLAND
MALT SCOTCH WHISKY
The Vintage
Malt Whisky Co, Ltd, Glasgow

GLEN MORAY   

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43 %         
Last Bottle and empty
The Glen Moray - Glenlivet Distillery,
Elgin

GLEN MORAY  

15 years old

40 %    INFO
ELGIN CLASSIC
Last bottle  and  empty
The Glen Moray - Glenlivet Distillery,
Elgin

GLEN MORAY   

16 years old

40 %             
ELGIN CLASSIC
The Glen Moray - Glenlivet Distillery,
Elgin

GLEN MORAY  

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40 %        
ELGIN CLASSIC
MELLOWED IN
CHARDONNAY BARRELS

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

GLEN MORAY   

12 years old

40%       INFO      
MELLOWED IN WINE BARRELS
'The Given Malt'
The chosen gift for the favoured few
The Glen Moray - Glenlivet Distillery,
Elgin, Speyside

GLEN MORAY   

16 years old

40 %      INFO

LAST  BOTTLE  AND  EMPTY      
MELLOWED IN WINE BARRELS

'The given Malt'
The chosen gift for the favoured few
The Glenmoray - Glenlivet Distillery,
Elgin, Speyside

GLEN MORAY   

8 years old

43 %     INFO         
SINGLE SPEYSIDE
MALT SCOTCH WHISKY
The Glenmoray - Glenlivet Distillery,
Elgin.

GLEN MORAY   

12 years old

60.5 %  INFO             
1991
ELGIN CLASSIC
MOUNTAIN OAK MALT
DISTILLERY MANAGER'S CHOICE
ED DODSON

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,
Elgin

GLEN MORAY          

40 %                  
SINGLE SPEYSIDE MALT
SCOTCH WHISKY
ELGIN CLASSIC
The Glenmoray - Glenlivet Distillery,
Elgin

GLEN  MORAY     

Aged 34 years  

55,5 %        INFO                                      
SINGLE  MALT  SCOTCH  WHISKY
FROM  A  SINGLE  CASK
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"

GLEN  MORAY   

Aged  35 years  

56.1 % INFO
SINGLE  MALT  SCOTCH  WHISKY
FROM  A  SINGLE  CASK
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"

GLEN  MORAY  

Aged  8 years  

40 % INFO
Single Speyside Malt Scotch Whisky
Glen Moray - Glenlivet Distillery, Elgin

GLEN  MORAY

Aged  36  years  

53.1 %
CASK  STRENGHT  RARE  AULD
SCOTCH  WHISKY
Unique Whiskies of Distinction
Fons et Origo   
D T C
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


GLEN  MORAY  

Age  33  years  

53.6 %    INFO
SINGLE  MALT  SCOTCH  WHISKY
FROM  A  SINGLE  CASK
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"

GLEN  MORAY
Aged 10 years

40 %                                                                                         
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky  
ELGIN  CLASSIC                                                            
CHARDONNAY  CASK  MATURED
SPECIAL  RESERVE
Glen Moray Distillery Ltd, Elgin

GLEN   MORAY  

Since 1897                                                                        
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
ELGIN  CLASSIC         
40 %                                                    
CHARDONNAY  CASK  FINISH
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.

GLEN  MORAY                                                                           
Since 1897
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
ELGIN  CLASSIC  
40 %                                                            
PEATED  SINGLE  MALT
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
leather.
Taste: Instant peat smoke, lightly spiced with creamy vanilla.
Finish: Long, sweet and spicy.

GLEN  MORAY
Since 1897
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
ELGIN  CLASSIC  
40 %
Double Matured                                                       
SHERRY  CASK  FINISH
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
continues.

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.
                                                                

Highland Malt
Speyside
GLEN MORAY - GLENLIVET     (1897 zie ook The GLENMORANGIE                                                                                                                                                                                                                  en ARDBEG

Elgin, Morayshire. Eigendom van Macdonald & Muir Ltd
Gesticht in 1897 op de plaats waar eerder de West Brewery ban 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 stich-tingsjaar 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  

Located in the heart of Speyside, Scotland’s whisky capital, the Glen Moray distillery has been producing fine single malt since 1897.
Through the boom times of late 19th Century and enduring two World Wars, the consistency and care taken to produce our spirit has ensured GLEN MORAY has always remained one of the most highly-regarded Speyside single malts.

1897
Our Master Distiller
Since the first drops of spirit ran from the copper pot stills at Glen Moray on the 13th September 1897, just five men have had the honor of holding the title “Master Distiller.”
The know-how and craftsmanship built over years of experience has been passed through generations to ensure every drop has the same quality as the last.

Graham Coull, our Master Distiller says:
“With a great, long serving team working on the creation of the spirit, I am always delighted with the quality of the new make produced at Glen Moray. It is then up to me to pick the optimal time to remove the matured whisky from the oak to ensure the highest quality Single Malt makes it into the bottle.”

1897
From a brewery, a new distillery is born
Our distillery was originally the Elgin West Brewery, which opened in 1830, producing local ales. Surviving handwritten ledgers show the first spirit run was made on September 13th, 1897, using local barley.
This new make spirit was filled into a wide variety of casks, an unusual practice for the time. It’s a tradition that continues today – our whisky matures in our onsite warehouses in everything from sherry and chardonnay to port casks, producing an intricate spectrum of flavours.

1924
The distillery is well recognised for its work
Indeed after being bought by Macdonald & Muir, a famous wine and spirits merchant, such was the demand for Glen Moray single malt that in 1924, an 1893 vintage was bottled and put on sale at the distillery. It was an unusually rare gem, considering the infancy of single malt whisky released during the era.

1958
Glen Moray invests and expands its production
After a brief production pause during the Second World War, the distillery is back in business. In 1956, new warehouses are opened to accommodate rising demand.

Expansion continues during the 1950’s and a commitment to traditional values is made with the acquisition of Gallowcrook Farm, one of the sources of the very first batch of barley used back in 1897. Two new copper stills and a new still house are added, with the distillery upgraded from coal to oil.

Continuing this ethos of innovation, in the late 1950s modern Saladin malting facilities are installed, enabling output to double and making Glen Moray one of the most up-to-date malt spirit producers in Scotland.

1996
MacDonald and Muir changes its name to Glenmorangie
Then in 2004, French Luxury goods group Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy (LVMH) buys Glenmorangie.

In 2008, LVMH sells Glen Moray distillery to La Martiniquaise and the brand is handled by Bardinet since.

1999
First wood finishes launched – Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc
The 1987-appointed Master Distiller Edwin Dodson brings a pioneering passion for unusual cask maturation that harks back to the original days of production at Glen Moray. His 1999 release of two expressions of Glen Moray matured in Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay casks is revolutionary for the brand.

2005
Graham Coull becomes fifth master distiller
After two decades in charge of the stills, Edwin Dodson retires - but not before passing on his wide knowledge to his successor – Graham Coull. Appreciating the great honour of taking on the role, Graham marries his respect for the Glen Moray traditions with an eagerness to explore innovative new techniques, taking the brand from strength to strength.

2014
A new look for the Elgin Classic single malt and launch of the Elgin Classic Collection
Our family of whiskies grows with the introduction of the CLASSIC RANGE, created by experimenting with a range of wine casks during the maturation process. The unique expressions offer an unrivalled breadth of flavour. Alongside the wine cask varieties, Glen Moray's intense and subtly-smoked expression of our Classic Single Malt, the Glen Moray Peated Single Malt, completes the range.

DISCOVER ELGIN CLASSIC
2016
Aged single malts and the birth of the Elgin Heritage Collection
Whether your preference is the elegant 12 year old, the satisfying 15 year old or the decadent 18 year old, each dram from our Heritage Collection is there to be savoured and enjoyed. This is one accessible slice of luxury that doesn't need to be saved for special occasion
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.

BRANDS PRODUCED HERE
Westport

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.

1828
West Brewery is built on the outskirts of Elgin
1897
The brewery is converted into a distillery, Glen Moray
1910
The distillery is closed
1923
The site is purchased by Glenmorangie owner Macdonald & Muir and begins distilling again
1958
Glen Moray's stills are doubled to four and a Saladin box is installed
1978
Just 20 years after installing a Saladin box, Glen Moray's maltings are decommissioned
1996
Macdonald & Muir changes its name to Glenmorangie
1999
Glen Moray introduces its first wood finishes – Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc
2004
French luxury goods group Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy (LVMH) buys Glenmorangie
2008
LVMH sells Glen Moray distillery to La Martiniquaise
2014
Glen Moray Classic Port Finish is released
2015
Glen Moray Classic Peated is launched
GLEN MORAY FACTS

CAPACITY (MLPA) i
3.3
CONDENSER TYPE i
Tube
FERMENTATION TIME i
60hrs
FILLING STRENGTH i
63.4%
GRIST WEIGHT (T) i
7.5
HEAT SOURCE i
Steam from gas and oil
MALT SPECIFICATION i
No phenols
MALT SUPPLIER i
Boort Malt, Crisp, Bairds and Muntons
MASH TUN TYPE i
Semi Lauter
NEW-MAKE STRENGTH i
69%
SPIRIT STILL CHARGE (L) i
5,500
SPIRIT STILL SHAPE i
Onion
SPIRIT STILL SIZE (L) i
6,000
STILLS i
6
WAREHOUSING i
Dunnage and palletised
WASH STILL CHARGE (L) i
9,500
WASH STILL SHAPE i
Onion
WASH STILL SIZE (L) i
10,000
WASHBACK SIZE (L) i
55,000
WASHBACKS i
9
WATER SOURCE i
River Lossie
WORT CLARITY i
Clear
YEAST TYPE i
Mauri Distiller's Yeast
OWNERS

La Martiniquaise
2008 - present
CURRENT OWNER

Glen Turner Company
PREVIOUS OWNERS

LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton
2004 - 2008
The Glenmorangie Company
1996 - 2004
Macdonald & Muir
1923 - 1996
Glen Moray Glenlivet Distillery Co
1897 - 1923

GLEN TURNER COMPANY
The Glen Turner Company was established by French group La Martiniquaise to oversee its Scotch whisky operations, although upon its incorporation in 1981 the group may not have realised just how big that operation would eventually become.
In its infancy the company managed the production and marketing of the Label 5 blend, which has since gone on to be one of the biggest selling blended Scotch whiskies in the world.
Nowadays Glen Turner also operates the Glen Moray single malt distillery in Elgin, the Starlaw grain distillery in Edinburgh, and the production of the Sir Edward’s blend and Glen Turner vatted and single malt.
Although France’s La Martiniquaise group was founded in 1934, it didn’t start working with Scotch until 1969 when it launched the Label 5 blended whisky brand.
It established the Glen Turner Blending Company in 1981 to manage Label 5 and later the Glen Turner ‘pure malt’ brand. The company changed its name in 2001 to the Glen Turner Distillery Ltd, which began a period of rapid expansion for the French company in Scotch.
The group established the First Blending Company in 2004 as a subsidiary to build and operate a huge 28-hectare maturation, blending and bottling facility in Bathgate, Edinburgh.
In 2008 Glen Turner purchased the Glen Moray distillery from the Glenmorangie Company, which has been a core component of its Label 5 blend. By then, work had already begun building a grain distillery at the Bathgate site – Scotland’s first for 40 years. Starlaw distillery opened in 2010 and its whisky is now being used as a filling for Label 5 and Sir Edward’s.

The opening of Starlaw prompted another name change for the group to the Glen Turner Company.

DISTILLERIES & BRANDS

Glen Moray
SPEYSIDE SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY
Glen Turner
MALT SCOTCH WHISKY
Label 5
BLENDED SCOTCH WHISKY
Sir Edward's
BLENDED SCOTCH WHISKY
Starlaw
LOWLAND SINGLE GRAIN SCOTCH WHISKY
ASSOCIATED COMPANIES

La Martiniquaise (Current owner)

STARLAW
Scotland’s most modern and environmentally considerate grain distillery feeds blends including Label 5 and Sir Edward’s.
La Martiniquaise designed Starlaw distillery to produce a light, easy-drinking whisky that not only matched the style of its Label 5 blend, but could also be easily traded for malt whisky from other distilleries. The distillery also has the ability to produce neutral grain spirit. The column stills were designed to show no high supporting steel work, which resulted in significant works to ensure they are supported at the foundation.
Although the La Martiniquaise group claims to be France’s second-largest spirits group and is owner of two Scottish distilleries (among an extensive portfolio that also includes rhum and Port) it prefers to keep itself out of the glare of publicity
In 1969 it launched Label 5, currently France’s No.2 blend (and the world’s ninth biggest Scotch) and in 2004 built a maturation, blending and bottling plant in Bathgate over 28 hectares to service the brand.
The move into production started in 2008 with the purchase of Glen Moray from Glenmorangie and with the widening of the Label 5 portfolio – there are now four variants – there was need to have greater control of the group’s grain requirements.
The plan to build Scotland’s first new green-field grain distillery for 40 years started in 2007 and the project was completed three years later. With a capacity of 25 million litres, the plant is fully integrated within the firm’s existing facility.
Starlaw produces both grain and grain neural spirit (the latter for vodka). The columns have been designed to be flexible allowing different fractions to be withdrawn and copper interaction increased thereby giving the group’s blenders a wider range of flavours to work with.
In 2015 Starlaw is due to build a further four maturation cellars on the premises, bringing its total tally up to 25.

2004
Opening of the First Blending Company site in Bathgate, Scotland, La Martiniquaise’s Scotch whisky ageing and bottling plant
2010
Starlaw grain distillery opens at the First Blending Company site in Bathgate, becoming the first green field Scotch grain distillery built since 1964
2015
La Martiniquaise builds four additional ageing cellars at the distillery to allow for the total maturation of over 600,000 barrels

BLENDS CONTRIBUTED TO i
Various market brands plus Label 5
CAPACITY (MLPA) i
25
COOK TIME i
45 minutes
DISTILLATION SYSTEM i
Continuous vacuum
FERMENTATION TIME i
72 hours
FILLING STRENGTH i
69%
GRAIN TYPE i
Wheat/ maize
MALTED BARLEY % i
9%
NEW-MAKE STRENGTH i
94.40%
NUMBER OF COLUMNS i
Two
WATER SOURCE i
Mains & reclaimed
OWNERS

La Martiniquaise
2010 - present
CURRENT OWNER

Glen Turner Company

Malt: Concerto
When peated: 40/504Mashing:  Full lauter mash Tun, 11 tonnes Mash = 28 mashes a week
Washbacks: 14 stainless external, charge 52.500 ltrs
Fermentation: 60 hours
Wash Stills: 3 18000 ltrs
Spirit Stills: 3 10000 ltrs
Spirit Still Charge: 6000 ltrs
Output: 5.7 000.000 ltrs


IAIN ALLEN
Born and bred in Speyside, it felt natural to Iain Allan to pursue a job in the whisky industry. As visitor centre manager of Glen Moray and its representative for The Malt Whisky Trail, he discusses whisky tourism and those iconic brown signs.

Multi-talented: Iain Allen manages Glen Moray’s visitor centre, and also acts as brand ambassador
‘Like a lot of students in Scotland, at first I didn’t really know what path I was looking to take. The alcohol business interested me. Being born and brought up in Speyside, you have whisky on your doorstep. It was an easy step to come back home after university and try and get into the industry.
‘I don’t necessarily think whisky is part of the life of everyone living in Speyside, but it was for me. My dad was a big single malt whisky fan. It was always in the house and around me, to some extent. I had friends whose parents worked in the industry.
‘Driving around there’s always a distillery at the side of the road. I may not have been quite as aware of it when I was 17 or 18, and certainly hadn’t built up the passion for whisky at that time, but it was always within peripheral vision.
‘For me it all started when I became manager of the Macallan visitor centre in 2001, where I stayed for four years. Previous to that I had a part-time job in a wine and spirit store while at university in Aberdeen, which is where I developed my passion for spirits. After graduation I became the manager of that store, although I didn’t hang around there too long after that.
‘I studied law and management, which has nothing to do with whisky. But the management side came in handy when I returned to Speyside. I was very lucky that Macallan took a punt at me and took me on.
‘It was a fantastic learning curve for me to be part of such a big company and to be involved with such a prestigious brand. It allowed me to develop and learn things to which I probably wouldn’t have been afforded the opportunity anywhere else.

Glen Moray: The Speyside distillery now attracts over 21,000 visitors every year

‘The opportunity at Glen Moray came up, and here I was given a bit more freedom. I became involved in other aspects of the business as well. I ended up here in 2005 and have been here ever since. What’s not to love? I work with whisky every day. It’s a great bash.
‘I’m brand ambassador as well as manager of the visitor centre. To me it is sort of two sides of the same coin – you talk about the brand regardless, whether you’re doing that at the distillery with things to point at, or through explaining the brand in another market. The way I see it, it’s the same job but just in different locations.
‘Last year Glen Moray had our busiest year ever with 21,000 visitors. When I first came on board that number sat at just 5,000 visitors. It’s come on leaps and bounds since then.
‘The café that we have at the visitor centre is really about location. Glen Moray is situated in a residential area – not many distilleries have houses on their doorstep. Also, when it was quieter in the wintertime, we always had the coffee shop to stay open.
‘Now the coffee shop is supplementary. Seasonality is starting to erode. We’re finding that we are as busy in March as we are in the summer months. Last year, May was our busiest month ever, while normally that would be August.
‘I want people to leave Glen Moray thinking they enjoyed themselves and that they had a good time. I like to think we’re a friendly distillery and quite laid back. We get the geeks, guys that want the details and numbers. But there are also an awful lot of tourists that want to visit a distillery to tick that box. We try and offer as many options to suit different people and different approaches to whisky as we possibly can.

Nine whisky attractions, including Glen Moray distillery, form Speyside’s Malt Whisky Trail

‘When I came on board with Glen Moray they had pretty much just joined The Malt Whisky Trail. You get the signage of The Malt Whisky Trail when you become a member. For many years the signage was the attraction.
‘It seems like something simple, but having those almost iconic brown signs meant that people knew where you were. It also leads you from one distillery to the next. For a lot of distilleries, ourselves included, that was kind of a hook, an important part of the membership.
‘Over the past few years The Malt Whisky Trail has pulled its socks up. Our chairman James Johnston is our driving force. He’s not involved in the whisky industry in any other way, but he is from the Moray area and wanted to see it developing. He’s given us the push.
‘For many years we called The Malt Whisky Trail the sleeping giant. Johnston has really awakened that giant. We do more marketing, we have branding, and the website is improved. We’ve also taken on a PR partnership to develop social media.
‘The overall motivation behind The Malt Whisky Trail is to promote tourism in Moray. The benefit to the distilleries should then come forth. It is a gathering of like-minded people, who are to some extent competitors. Even so, we are working together to promote the area, knowing that people will come, and they’ll maybe visit more than a few distilleries.
‘It benefits other businesses around, which has a continuing knock-on effect that Moray becomes a better place to visit. The more people we can get to come over, the better quality restaurants and hotels that we’ll have because of that.
‘We fight for being the Mecca between Islay and us. We win on volume. We try and promote ourselves as being the place to come if you’re interested in whisky.’

Our Master Distiller
Since the first drops of spirit ran from the copper pot stills at Glen Moray on the 13th September 1897, just five men have had the honor of holding the title “Master Distiller.”
The know-how and craftsmanship built over years of experience has been passed through generations to ensure every drop has the same quality as the last.

Graham Coull, our Master Distiller says:
“With a great, long serving team working on the creation of the spirit, I am always delighted with the quality of the new make produced at Glen Moray. It is then up to me to pick the optimal time to remove the matured whisky from the oak to ensure the highest quality Single Malt makes it into the bottle.”

1897
From a brewery, a new distillery is born
Our distillery was originally the Elgin West Brewery, which opened in 1830, producing local ales. Surviving handwritten ledgers show the first spirit run was made on September 13th, 1897, using local barley.
This new make spirit was filled into a wide variety of casks, an unusual practice for the time. It’s a tradition that continues today – our whisky matures in our onsite warehouses in everything from sherry and chardonnay to port casks, producing an intricate spectrum of flavours.

1924
The distillery is well recognised for its work
Indeed after being bought by Macdonald & Muir, a famous wine and spirits merchant, such was the demand for Glen Moray single malt that in 1924, an 1893 vintage was bottled and put on sale at the distillery. It was an unusually rare gem, considering the infancy of single malt whisky released during the era.

1958
Glen Moray invests and expands its production
After a brief production pause during the Second World War, the distillery is back in business. In 1956, new warehouses are opened to accommodate rising demand.

Expansion continues during the 1950’s and a commitment to traditional values is made with the acquisition of Gallowcrook Farm, one of the sources of the very first batch of barley used back in 1897. Two new copper stills and a new still house are added, with the distillery upgraded from coal to oil.

Continuing this ethos of innovation, in the late 1950s modern Saladin malting facilities are installed, enabling output to double and making Glen Moray one of the most up-to-date malt spirit producers in Scotland.

1996
MacDonald and Muir changes its name to Glenmorangie
Then in 2004, French Luxury goods group Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy (LVMH) buys Glenmorangie.

1999
First wood finishes launched – Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc
The 1987-appointed Master Distiller Edwin Dodson brings a pioneering passion for unusual cask maturation that harks back to the original days of production at Glen Moray. His 1999 release of two expressions of Glen Moray matured in Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay casks is revolutionary for the brand.

2005
Graham Coull becomes fifth master distiller
After two decades in charge of the stills, Edwin Dodson retires - but not before passing on his wide knowledge to his successor – Graham Coull. Appreciating the great honour of taking on the role, Graham marries his respect for the Glen Moray traditions with an eagerness to explore innovative new techniques, taking the brand from strength to strength.

2008, LVMH sells Glen Moray distillery to La Martiniquaise and the brand is handled by Bardinet since.

2014
A new look for the Elgin Classic single malt and launch of the Elgin Classic Collection
Our family of whiskies grows with the introduction of the CLASSIC RANGE, created by experimenting with a range of wine casks during the maturation process. The unique expressions offer an unrivalled breadth of flavour. Alongside the wine cask varieties, Glen Moray's intense and subtly-smoked expression of our Classic Single Malt, the Glen Moray Peated Single Malt, completes the range.

DISCOVER ELGIN CLASSIC

2016
Aged single malts and the birth of the Elgin Heritage Collection
Whether your preference is the elegant 12 year old, the satisfying 15 year old or the decadent 18 year old, each dram from our Heritage Collection is there to be savoured and enjoyed. This is one accessible slice of luxury that doesn't need to be saved for special occasions.

Glen Turner Company

Grain and malt whisky distiller and blender owned by French group La Martiniquaise.
The Glen Turner Company was established by French group La Martiniquaise to oversee its Scotch whisky operations, although upon its incorporation in 1981 the group may not have realised just how big that operation would eventually become.
In its infancy the company managed the production and marketing of the Label 5 blend, which has since gone on to be one of the biggest selling blended Scotch whiskies in the world.
Nowadays Glen Turner also operates the Glen Moray single malt distillery in Elgin, the Starlaw grain distillery in Edinburgh, and the production of the Sir Edward’s blend and Glen Turner vatted and single malt.
Although France’s La Martiniquaise group was founded in 1934, it didn’t start working with Scotch until 1969 when it launched the Label 5 blended whisky brand.
It established the Glen Turner Blending Company in 1981 to manage Label 5 and later the Glen Turner ‘pure malt’ brand. The company changed its name in 2001 to the Glen Turner Distillery Ltd, which began a period of rapid expansion for the French company in Scotch.
The group established the First Blending Company in 2004 as a subsidiary to build and operate a huge 28-hectare maturation, blending and bottling facility in Bathgate, Edinburgh.

In 2008 Glen Turner purchased the Glen Moray distillery from the Glenmorangie Company, which has been a core component of its Label 5 blend. By then, work had already begun building a grain distillery at the Bathgate site – Scotland’s first for 40 years. Starlaw distillery opened in 2010 and its whisky is now being used as a filling for Label 5 and Sir Edward’s.

The opening of Starlaw prompted another name change for the group to the Glen Turner Company.

DISTILLERIES & BRANDS
Glen Moray
SPEYSIDE SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY
Glen Turner
MALT SCOTCH WHISKY
Label 5
BLENDED SCOTCH WHISKY
Sir Edward's
BLENDED SCOTCH WHISKY
Starlaw
LOWLAND SINGLE GRAIN SCOTCH WHISKY
ASSOCIATED COMPANIES
La Martiniquaise (Current owner)

LA MARTINIQUAISE
La Martiniquaise has its headquarters in the Paris commune of Charentot-le-Pont. It is the second-largest spirits group in France and features in the world’s top 10, with a large portfolio of international brands. Employing 1,600 people, the company operates 27 subsidiaries and 24 production sites throughout the world, including France, Scotland, Spain, Portugal, Belgium and Vietnam. It is a world leader in Port and Madeira and the French number one for calvados and Armagnac.
In terms of Scotch whisky, La Martiniquaise’s leading brand is the Label 5 blend, the world’s ninth-best-selling Scotch whisky. The firm owns and runs Glen Moray malt distillery in Elgin, Moray, and Glen Turner grain distillery at Bathgate in West Lothian, with the latter being part of the Glen Turner Company subsidiary. Glen Turner is La Martiniquaise’s second major Scotch whisky brand, and is available as both a blended malt and a single malt, with sales of more than one million bottles per annum, principally in France.
La Martiniquaise was established in 1934 by Jean Cayard to act as a rum importer and distributor. After the Second World War, in 1946, the firm diversified into the marketing of Cognac, calvados, kirsch, Madeira, Port and natural sweet wine, going on to launch Label 5 Scotch whisky in 1969.
The Glen Turner subsidiary was established in 1981 but did not start operations until March 2004, and during that year the company’s first Scotch whisky maturation and bottling facility was developed at Bathgate, in West Lothian.
The decision was taken to switch from buying all Scotch whisky from external sources and blending and bottling in France to producing spirit in Scotland, and then maturing, blending and bottling it there.
Accordingly, in 2008 Glen Moray malt distillery was acquired from Glenmorangie, while a new grain distillery was constructed at Bathgate, with production commencing in 2011. As well as bottling whisky in Scotland, Glen Turner exports bulk spirit to La Martiniquaise operations in France.

DISTILLERIES & BRANDS
Glen Moray
SPEYSIDE SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY
Glen Turner
MALT SCOTCH WHISKY
Label 5
BLENDED SCOTCH WHISKY
Sir Edward's
BLENDED SCOTCH WHISKY
Starlaw
LOWLAND SINGLE GRAIN SCOTCH WHISKY
ASSOCIATED COMPANIES
Glen Turner Company


GLEN MORAY CIDER CASK IN SCOTCH FIRST
October 2018
Glen Moray has released a cider cask-finished single malt Scotch whisky in an industry first, as part of a new range said to ‘push the boundaries of experimentation’.
Glen Moray Cider Cask Project
‘Ground-breaking’ release: Glen Moray Cider Cask Project is heralded as a first for Scotch whisky
The Cider Cask Project is the first release in Glen Moray’s new Elgin Curiosity range, a series of limited edition whiskies designed to showcase small batch experimental expressions with ‘bold complex aromas and exciting flavours’.
Although other countries have used ex-cider casks to mature or ‘finish’ whisky, the process is a first for Scotch as cider casks are not technically permitted within Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) guidelines.
Scotch whisky guidelines call for spirit to be matured in ‘traditional oak casks’, where there is ‘sufficient evidence of traditional use’. These casks include Bourbon and other whisky, grape brandy – including Armagnac and Cognac, rum, fortified wine (including Sherry, Madeira, Port and Malaga), still wine and beer/ale.
The SWA requires companies that deviate from the approved list of casks to ‘establish that that type of cask had been traditionally used in the industry and to provide evidence to that effect’.
However Graham Coull, distillery manager for Glen Moray, said the new Cider Cask Project expression should be permissible under SWA guidelines.
‘It’s not strictly a cider cask,’ he said. ‘It’s our own whisky cask we’ve used in partnership with Thistly Cross, which we’ve sent them and they’ve used the casks to create their whisky-finished cider, and we then take them back.
‘It’s in a similar vein to a whisky cask that’s used for beer, it works on a similar basis to that.’
Glen Moray has not yet been asked to provide evidence to the SWA regarding the historical use of cider casks.
The Speyside distillery began working with Thistly Cross on a barrel exchange programme in 2013, which resulted in an inaugural cider cask-finish being made available as a bottle-your-own at Glen Moray’s visitor centre.
Glen Moray Cider Cask Project is bottled at 46.3% abv and described as being a ‘light and fresh whisky with caramelised apple notes from the cider casks which mix perfectly with the intense vanilla flavours found in all Glen Moray single malt whiskies’.
Priced at £52.95 for a 70cl bottle – of which only 2,000 have been produced – the expression is being sold exclusively through online retailer The Whisky Exchange until the end of October, when it will be available from specialist UK retailers.

LABEL 5

One of the world’s best-selling blended Scotch whiskies with a French owner that’s in full control of production.
The majority of Label 5 is enjoyed in France, home of owner La Martiniquaise, but the blended Scotch brand has a wide following in over 100 countries around the world.
Over the years the brand has enhanced its portfolio with a ladder of expressions boasting a large quantity of Speyside single malt, from the flagship Label 5 Classic Black and Extra Premium 12 Year Old, through to the Extra Rare 18 Year Old, slightly smoky Gold Heritage and Sherry cask-finished Reserve No. 55.
When Frenchman Jean Cayard established La Martiniquaise in 1934 as a rum importer and domestic distribution company, he would have no idea it would grow to become the second-largest spirits group in France, and the fifth largest Scotch whisky producer in the world.
It wasn’t until 1969, with his portfolio brimming with Port, Cognac and calvados, that Cayard began dabbling in Scotch whisky with the launch of the Label 5 blend. La Martiniquaise began at a time when the industry was experiencing a boom, and getting hold of mature stock was decidedly tricky. But the brand trundled on regardless, first drawing a dedicated following from France before building its worldwide appeal. Today it is enjoyed in more than 100 countries.
Come 2004, with the industry riding another wave of demand, La Martiniquaise invested in the development of the First Blending Company, a vast 28-hectare site in Bathgate, Edinburgh that would become its maturation, blending and bottling facility. It was the company’s first step toward becoming a self-sufficient whisky operator.
Four years following the opening of the Bathgate site, La Martiniquaise purchased the Glen Moray single malt distillery from The Glenmorangie Company, a major component in the Label 5 blend. The acquisition couldn’t have been better timed – just 12 months later sales of Label 5 topped one million cases, thrusting the brand among the world’s top 10 best-selling Scotch whiskies.
By then work had already begun on an ambitious plan for the group to open Scotland’s first green-field grain distillery for 40 years. Starlaw distillery eventually opened at the Bathgate site in 2010, and its liquid is just now being used as a filling for Label 5 and La Martiniquaise’s other blends, Sir Edward’s and Glen Turner.
Now in control of its own production, and selling some 2.5m cases annually, the group widened the Label 5 portfolio with the addition of Extra Rare 18 Year Old and Gold Heritage in 2013 and 2014.

PARENT COMPANY
La Martiniquaise
1969 - present
CURRENT OWNER
Glen Turner Company

GLEN MORAY FIRED OAK INSPIRED BY BOURBON
November 2018
Glen Moray has introduced a new Fired Oak expression, a ‘sweeter’ Scotch single malt whisky inspired by the popularity of Bourbon.

Glen Moray Fired Oak
Sweeter whisky: Glen Moray Fired Oak is finished in charred virgin American oak casks
Glen Moray Fired Oak is a 10-year-old whisky matured in ex-Bourbon casks and finished in heavily charred virgin American oak.

Described as ‘intensely sweet and smooth’, the whisky is bottled at 40% abv and has notes of ‘dark chocolate… a hint of smokiness and toasted vanilla’.

Glen Moray distillery manager Graham Coull said he wanted to create a whisky that drew on Bourbon’s sweetness without overpowering the Speyside distillery’s character.

By law, American Bourbon must be matured in charred virgin oak barrels, which impart more intense flavours than a barrel that has been previously used.

‘Fired Oak is all about enhancing flavours rather than adding different character,’ he said.

‘The virgin oak intensifies the existing vanilla and spice flavours which have come from the ex-Bourbon barrels.’

To be released in the UK this month, Glen Moray Fired Oak is designed to appeal to an increasing number of consumers favouring Bourbon.

In 2016 more than one million litres of Bourbon, rye and American whiskeys were consumed in the UK, with sales up 7% according to research firm Euromonitor.

Glen Moray Fired Oak will be available as part of the distillery’s core range for £39.99.

Its release follows that of Glen Moray’s Cider Cask Finish last month, which became the first Scotch matured in ex-cider casks.

November  2018

Glen Moray Distillery, in the heart of Speyside, Scotland’s whisky capital and home to several of the most highly-regarded Speyside single malts, recently announced the launch of its Glen Moray Cider Cask Project, a small batch single malt whisky expression exclusive to the UK. This marks the first release from the newly established Glen Moray Elgin Curiosity Range embodying Master Distiller, Graham Coull’s passion for experimentation and his desire to push boundaries in the world of whisky. The Glen Moray Elgin Curiosity Range will see the production of single malt whiskies which are ‘bold with complex aromas and exciting flavours.’

Graham Coull commented:

“We are all very excited at Glen Moray Distillery about the launch of Glen Moray’s Cider Cask Project Whisky and The Elgin Curiosity Range. As Master Distiller of this historic distillery, I am keen to constantly evolve and create new whiskies which showcase the quality and breadth of whiskies which we can produce, reinforcing our message that Glen Moray is ‘The Gateway to Flavour’.”

The single malt whisky expression, is a collaboration between Thistly Cross Cider, one of Scotland’s most highly awarded cider brands and Glen Moray Distillery. The partnership between the two companies began five years ago when Graham Coull first tasted Thistly Cross Cider and saw a potential opportunity for a collaborative experiment.

Initially, Glen Moray loaned the cider makers some of their single malt whisky casks to aid their creation of the very successful Thistly Cross Whisky Cask Cider, which is now distributed in over 20 countries worldwide. In return, like the true innovator he is, Graham wanted to see what their vintage cider could bring to the whisky.

“For me the inspiration was simple. When I first tasted the Whisky Cask Cider it was immediately obvious that the whisky flavours complemented the cider flavours perfectly. The logical next step for me was to see what the cider could bring to the whisky,” says Coull.

The casks used to create the Whisky Cider were returned home to Elgin from Thistly Cross, coming full circle to be filled once again with Glen Moray Single Malt at the distillery.

After careful monitoring, until the spirit had attained what Graham considered the perfect maturation length, the exclusive small batch whisky was bottled. The resultant expression is  an incredibly light and fresh malt whisky with caramelised apple notes from the cider casks which mix perfectly with the intense vanilla flavours found in all Glen Moray Single Malt Whiskies.

Speaking of their collaboration, Peter Stuart, Cidermaker at Thistly Cross Cider said:

“We are absolutely delighted that the generosity and support offered by Graham Coull is about to be rewarded by the release of Glen Moray’s Cider Cask Project. The whisky casks loaned by Glen Moray, have allowed Thistly Cross to take our Whisky Cask Cider worldwide. It is one of our best-selling variants which is perfectly finished by the Speyside characteristics of Glen Moray. A true story of Scottish hospitality and sharing.”

Graham Coull added:

“Glen Moray is delighted to be working hand in hand with the award winning Thistly Cross Cider to produce a delicious whisky which has been created through craftsmanship and honours the history of cider and whisky production in Scotland.”

Tasting Notes (Supplied by Glen Moray):

Colour: Polished gold
Nose: Toffee apple and candy floss. Reminiscent of a fairground.
Taste: Incredibly light and fresh. Summer fruits accompanied by vanilla ice cream sprinkled with toasted oats.
Finish: Smooth and satisfying. Caramelised apple laced with spice mixed with vanilla fudge, slowly melting on the tongue.
ABV: 46.3% non-chill-filtered
RRP: £54.99
This dram should provide a unique experience, as its fresh and delicious nature is certainly well worth acquiring. It is available from all good specialist retailers from November 2018.

Located in the heart of Speyside, Scotland’s whisky capital, the Glen Moray distillery has been producing fine single malt since 1897. For most of its working history since 1924 it was owned by Macdonald & Muir (which changed its name to the Granmorangie Company Ltd. in 1996). In 2004, the French luxury goods group Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy (LVMH) buys Glenmorangie. In 2008, LVMH sells off Glen Moray distillery to La Martiniquaise. It is currently managed by its Bardinet spirits group subsidiary.


Over the years, the Glen Moray Distillery has built an exceptional portfolio of Speyside Single Malt. It currently offers:

The Elgin Classic Collection:

Classic Single Malt
Glen Moray Classic Sherry Cask Finish
Glen Moray Classic Peated Single Malt Whisky
Glen Moray Classic Port Cask Finish
Classic Chardonnay Cask Finish
Classic Cabernet Cask Finish
The Elgin Heritage Collection:

Glen Moray 12 year old Single Malt Whisky
Glen Moray 15 year old Single Malt Whisky
Glen Moray 18 year old Single Malt Whisky
The Elgin Prestige Collection:

Glen Moray Mastery
Glen Moray has earned many awards over the years, with the latest being for its Glen Moray 1994 Sherry Cask Finish being awarded ‘Best Scotch Speyside Single Cask Single Malt Category Winner of 21 [years] & over’ in the World Whiskies Awards 2018.
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