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The Glen Moray Distillery is located on the banks of the river Lossie in the town of Elgin, the capital of Speyside.
The “The o’Moray” area has always been known for its good-quality barley, thanks to the special climate in this region (summer 40 days longer than elsewhere in Scotland). In 1815, a beer brewery was built on the spot where the distillery now stands. At that time, Elgin had more than eighty breweries. The area around Elgin was known as the granary of Scotland. Henry Arnott & Co’s brewery, West Brewery, was converted into a distillery by Glen Moray Glenlivet Distillery Co.
Ltd. in 1897. The buildings of the old brewery remained largely intact during the renovation.
The distillery did not last very long, however, and closed in 1910. In 1912, Glen Moray was reopened twice and then closed again. It was a difficult time for the whisky industry during those years. In 1923, the distillery was taken over by Macdonald & Muir, which later became Glenmorangie Plc. The manager of Glenmorangie at that time had to rebuild the business to get the distillery back into production. The last time Glen Moray was closed was from 1940 to 1945 during World War II. Almost all the distilleries had to close at that time due to the shortage of barley.
In 1958, the distillery underwent thorough renovation works. The number of stills was doubled from 2 to 4 and the malting floors were replaced by a Saladin box. This Saladin box disappeared again in 1977.
The distillery was again renovated in 1985. The warehouse contains an average of around 50,000 ex-bourbon and refill sherry casks in which the whisky is maturing. It is mainly bourbon barrels that are used, purchased from the Makers Mark and Heaven Hill distilleries. These barrels impart rich and spicy notes to the different qualities. Glen Moray also uses barrels that have been used to mature wines made from the Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc grape varieties. The natural source of the brewing water is the river Lossie, 250 metres away, where several streams from the southern Mannoch Hills converge.
Manager Steven Woodcock zooms in on the microclimate as he describes the DNA of his whisky. “The slightly warmer climate in Moray and the lower elevation of the distillery helps the spirit to be absorbed into the wood, increasing the influence of the oak on the flavour. The low-lying ‘dunnage’ warehouses (which are regularly flooded) help to make the product smoother. Add to that the high content of first-fill casks and you produce a whisky with a beautiful balance between sweet and spicy.
A typical Speyside Malt is characterised by notes of heather. They often have a floral and fruity character in terms of aroma and taste, resulting in an accessible and round whisky. Glen Moray meets these expectations with its wide range of malt whiskies.
Glen Moray Elgin Classic 40°
The traditional character of Speyside at its best. Elgin Classic is a smooth and beautifully balanced whisky, fully matured in bourbon casks to develop a smooth vanilla aroma and oak character.
Glen Moray Classic Port Cask Finish 40°
This light and fruity whisky has spent the last few months maturing in port casks of Porto CRUZ, the no. 1 port brand in the world. Notes of wine and summer fruit blend with the traditional aromas of oak and vanilla, making this a smooth and balanced whisky.
Glen Moray Classic Chardonnay Cask Finish 40°
This soft and spicy whisky from the Elgin Classic range has continued to mature in Chardonnay casks for a number of months. Sweet tropical fruit and warm spices mingle with the traditional notes of oak and vanilla, making this whisky intense and unique.
Glen Moray Classic Sherry Cask Finish 40°
The last step in the maturation process of this full and complex whisky from the Elgin Classic range is months-long ageing in Oloroso sherry casks from Jerez, Spain. The intense aromas of hazelnut, earthy notes and dried fruit mix with the classic notes of oak and vanilla, making this a smooth and pleasant whisky.
Glen Moray Classic Peated Single Malt Whisky 40°
This intense and subtly smoked single malt peated whisky is the ideal introduction to peated whiskies. Infused with smoked barley malt, this whisky reminds you of the aroma of charred wood.
Glen Moray 12 year old Single Malt Whisky 40°
Glen Moray is a Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky made since 1897 in Elgin, the heart of the Scotch whisky region. This 12 YO is the signature expression of the Glen Moray range. This exceptionally balanced whisky is aged in bourbon casks for 12 years, bringing together fruit flavours with soft notes of toasted vanilla.
Glen Moray 15 year old Single Malt Whisky 40°
Glen Moray is a Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky made since 1897 in Elgin, the heart of the Scotch whisky region. Glen Moray 15 YO is a rich and intense whisky made from whiskies that have matured in the best Olorosso sherry casks and ex-Bourbon casks.
Glen Moray 18Y Heritage 47.2°
The flagship single malt expression of the range. This whisky has been carefully aged in a selection of first-fill American oak casks. An optimal maturation period ensures that it achieves an incredible elegance and complexity. The full aromas of oak, spices and caramelised fruit provide a memorable taste experience.