Glen Moray is set to mark
its 120th anniversary year with the release of a
special limited edition, Glen Moray Mastery.
The Glen Moray Glenlivet Distillery Company
Limited was formed on the 27th January, 1897 and
over the past 120 years like most Scotch
whisky distilleries it has seen some highs and lows
such as during its early days in the early 1900's
and closure through two World Wars and of course the
current high of today.
The first drops of spirit ran from the copper pot
stills at Glen Moray on the 13th September 1897.
Over the last 120 years, just five men have had the
honour of being "Master Distiller", the
men who have made Glen Moray what it is today.
The current Glen Moray distillery was originally
developed as the Elgin West Brewery in 1830 and
produced several local ales before redevelopment
into a fully functional single malt distillery
sixty-seven years later when The Glen Moray
Glenlivet Distillery Company Limited was formed on
the 27th January, 1897. Handwritten ledgers show the
first spirit run being made on the 13th September,
1897 using all local barley.
Expansion continued during the 1950ís and Glen
Moray Single Malt Distillery has recently undertaken
expansion works so that the production capacity has
grown to 6.5 million litres per year placing it
amongst the top 10 malt whisky producers in Scotland. Additional
maturation warehouses have been built multiplying the
storage capacity from 90,000 barrels to 250,000
Graham Coull, current Glen Moray Master Distiller,
took over the helm in 2005, Grahams tenacious and
innovative approach has seen the introduction of
some heavily peated production (50 ppm) in 2009,
producing around 300,000 litres per year. Graham has
also overseen the expansion of the Glen Moray
Classic range which now includes Glen Moray Classic,
Port Cask Finish (added 2014), Peated (added 2015)
and Sherry Cask Finish (added 2016).
To mark the 120th Anniversary, Glen Moray will be
introducing Glen Moray Mastery, a special very
limited edition release crafted by the fifth Master
Distiller, Graham Coull, using whisky from five
distinctive vintages, matured in a variety of
fortified wine casks across the different decades. I
believe the Glen Moray Mastery will be priced around
£800 but don't quote me on that just yet, I will bring you the details on it as soon
as they are available.
Meanwhile you will find the current Glen Moray
whisky range available from a specialist online whisky shops such as