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Glen Moray Distillery, Speyside
Glen Moray Distillery sits on the banks of the River Lossie in the feted whisky region of Speyside. The story of Glen Moray begins in 1897 when the former Elgin West Brewery was converted into a distillery. Unusual for the time, its whiskies were matured in Marsala wine and Sherry casks. Ever since, Glen Moray has experimented with maturing whisky in a variety of casks and pioneered the use of different wood finishes and combinations.
Today Glen Moray is renowned for producing a malt which is both sweet and fragrant, with wonderful ripe fruit characteristics. It is owned by La Martiniquaise-Bardinet.
To some Speyside represents the jewel in whisky’s crown. Speyside is the home of legal whisky production and it’s best known examples. Around the world Glenlivet, Macallan, Glenfiddich, Glenrothes and Glenfarclas typify all that whisky, at it’s best has to offer. At it’s heart running from the Monadhliath mountains north to the sea, is the River Spey. It is the fastest flowing river in Britain, and also well known for its salmon fishing.
Speyside is the principal whisky-producing region: Speyside has within it some forty-six operating distilleries - over half the total number in the entire Scotland.
Speysides are essentially sweet whiskies. They have little peaty character They are typically highly perfumed, feminine and elegant.
The classical nature of Speyside’s malts means that a number of the finest malts are used almost exclusively for blending. It is the top Speysider’s that give good blends their ‘Top Dressing’.
Malts such as Mortlach, Glen Elgin, Strathmill and Benrinnes are rarely found as distillery bottlings, however when individual casks are tracked down by independent bottlers such as our Own Selection Single Malt Whiskies the resultant whisky can be quite wonderful.