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Glen Moray Distillery, Speyside
Nestling on the banks of the river Lossie in the Western quarter of the ancient city, and royal burgh of Elgin is the Glen Moray distillery. Elgin itself is an historic city, but not the least of its claims to fame is the fact that it is the capital of Speyside a region in the north of Scotland synonymous throughout the world with malt whisky.
The original road into Elgin passes through the distillery grounds under the shadow of Gallow Hill, where executions were carried out until the end of the 17th century.
Glen Moray has continued largely unchanged down through the generations since the 18th century, except that it was originally built as a brewery. It was converted to a distillery in 1897 and for over a hundred years has been producing a distinctively smooth Speyside malt.
It is currently part of the Glenmorangie Plc (LVMH).
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.