Glen Moray

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Posted 10 January 2019

There’s been a schism around experimentation in Scotch Malt whisky for much longer than I’ve been drinking it. In one camp, those who vehemently stand by Scotch single malt being the preserve of imperative traditional methods that safeguard the future quality and integrity of the spirit. In the other, those who believe that the way forward is one of flexibility and in some cases challenging the underlying rules around what whisky is and how it’s produced. The truth of the matter, like so many things, lies somewhere in the middle-ground – an industry protected by laws, but not fettered by them – of innovation for true advancement, rather than innovation simply for innovation’s sake.


Posted 08 November 2017

Whisky enthusiasts often start their malt journeys exploring the shelves of their local supermarket for reasonably priced entry-level whiskies. Many soon graduate from this to seek out older, limited and generally more complicated (and therefore expensive) expressions. But, it’s wise to keep an eye on your local shelves – there’s still plenty of quality hidden amongst the own-brand blends to be had.


Posted 28 September 2017

The Speyside distillery Glen Moray is located in Elgin and has been in operation since 1897. Drawing its waters from the nearby River Lossie, the distillery produces a wide variety of whiskies divided into four main ranges: Elgin Classic, Elgin Heritage, Elgin Reserve and Elgin Presitige. The affable Elgin-born Master Distiller Graham Coull has been with the distillery since 2005 having previously worked with William Grant. Coull has been at the forefront of the development of the new ranges (including the recently released Glen Moray Mastery) and is regularly seen out and about worldwide (and on social media) extoling the virtues of the distillery and its range of interesting expressions.


Posted 23 February 2018

There’s been a lot of chatter online this week about rising prices. It is unfortunately the world we live in – demand soars, supplies dwindle, prices go up.  But, at the same time, some producers are freely using the situation exploitatively, with percentage rises that would make your annual utility bill increase look positively reasonable. Rumours abound that several much loved (and commonly available) expressions are soon to see hefty (50%+) price increases serves as depressing realism that as much as us enthusiasts love the whisky world, it is, at the end of the day, still just a business. I do hope that some balance can be restored soon so that future generations of malt lovers can discover a market where a decent bottle of whisky doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Perhaps this is all rather too gloomy, especially so for a Friday. So let’s spend our time today with a distillery that in many ways bucks this trend – Glen Moray.


Posted 22 May 2018

Last Friday I ended my week in Speyside with a visit to Glen Moray in Elgin. Whilst I sadly missed Distillery Manager Graham Coull and his wife Fay (who were travelling down to London that afternoon), I was wise in saving the distillery as the last stop on my trip with plenty of time in hand - there's an incredible amount to see and learn, some of which you'll rarely see at other sites.


Posted 06 March 2019

Towards the tail-end of 2017 I read a report from Majestic Wine highlighting that the sales of dry sherry had increased by over 25% in a 12 month period. Taken in isolation this factoid might sounds like an industry undergoing some form of modern renaissance - however when you consider that overall bottle sales had fallen to 10m in the UK in 2015 (down from 22m just a decade earlier) you start to realise that the days of supping Bristol Cream and Harvey’s before dinner are now a generation behind us. Nevertheless, despite some signs that drier, premium varieties (such a fino and manzanilla) are crawling back out of the doldrums, there are still some common misconceptions that link the fortunes of the sherry industry directly into those of whisky.


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Posted 01 June 2018

We’ve had a few SMWS bottlings from Glen Moray recently – this one is a bit different as its been matured for 10 years in a 1st fill wine barrique. Deep, Rich & Dried Fruits profile.


Posted 06 September 2018

Over to Speyside for a 10 year old Glen Moray drawn from a 2nd fill ex-bourbon barrel that was laid down on 26th November 2007. Young & Spritely profile.


Posted 04 July 2019

Full term maturation in a 1st fill ex-red wine barrique for this Glen Moray. View on SMWS


Posted 02 May 2019

A 1st fill wine barrique has been utilised full-term for this 11 year old Glen Moray. View on SMWS


Posted 05 January 2018

Wine cask time in the form of 14 year old Glen Moray that’s been matured in a refill Chardonnary barrique. Spicy & Dry profile.


Posted 01 February 2018

Sherry time in the form of this 21 year old Glen Moray that has spent its life in a refill ex-oloroso butt. Deep, Rich & Dried Fruits profile.


Posted 05 April 2018

Over to Speyside for a 22 year old Glen Moray that’s been matured in a 1st fill ex-bourbon barrel. Juicy, Oak & Vanilla profile.


Posted 04 April 2019

A Fata Morgana is an optical illusion caused by light being bent through layers of air with different temperatures. Often looking like castles or ships, some have suggested that the folklore tale of the Flying Dutchman might well have been a Fata Morgana. In terms of the whisky, it’s a 23 year old that’s been matured in a 1st fill toasted hogshead. View on SMWS


Posted 02 September 2019

Starting things off in Elgin with a Glen Moray that was laid down in October 1995 and left to mature in a 1st fill ex-bourbon barrel for 23 years.


Posted 29 November 2018

A very well-aged Glen Moray that’s been matured in an ex-bourbon hogshead for 29 years before being finished in a 1st fill sauternes barrique. Old & Dignified profile.


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