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Happy 120th Birthday To Glen Moray Today

13th September 2017
Happy Birthday to the Glen Moray distillery which first produced whisky on this day 120 years ago.

Glen Moray celebrates its 120th Anniversary.

On January 27th, 1897, the same year Queen Victoria was celebrating her Diamond Jubilee, the Glen Moray Glenlivet Distillery Company Ltd was formed and later that year in the midst of a whisky boom, on the 13th September 1897, 120 years ago to this very day the very first drops of spirit ran from copper stills at the Glen Moray distillery.

The distillery was originally the Elgin West Brewery, which opened in 1830, and produced several local ales up until almost the turn of the 19th century. In 1897 the brewery was transformed into a whisky distillery.

120 years on since Glen Moray first produced whisky we find ourselves once again in a whisky boom, probably the biggest whisky boom in the history of Scotch whisky production and the Glen Moray distillery of today, particularly since it moved into the hands of the French distilling company La Martiniquaise in 2008 has certainly played its part in offering whisky connoisseurs an innovative core range of single malts to suit all tastes and pockets starting with their easy drinking Glen Moray Classic priced at only 20.

Master Distiller, Graham Coull commented on Glen Morays 120 years, saying: "Each and every one of us appreciates Glen Moray's rich heritage and we have a huge respect for the traditions laid down 120 years ago. By combining age-old methods with modern techniques, we believe we have struck the perfect balance to preserve Glen Moray's standing among the best of the Speyside Single Malts."

In celebration of Glen Moray's milestone birthday, Graham released Glen Moray Mastery, a special-release whisky hand-picked from five distinctive vintages, in April 2017, I was lucky enough to taste the whisky back in July which I reviewed HERE, and as I said in my review, "An outstanding quality dram which is very worthy to mark the distillery's 120th anniversary."

120 years on since the Glen Moray distillery first went into production, the distillery's whisky range now looks like this:

  • Glen Moray Mastery 120th Annersary limited edition whisky.Glen Moray Classic
  • Glen Moray Peated
  • Glen Moray Chardonnay Cask Finish
  • Glen Moray Classic Port Cask Finish
  • Glen Moray Sherry Cask Finish
  • Glen Moray 12 Year Old Single Malt
  • Glen Moray 15 Year Old Single Malt
  • Glen Moray 18 Year Old Single Malt
  • Glen Moray 25 Year Old Port Cask Finish
  • Glen Moray Mastery

If you are looking for something to toast Glen Moray in its 120th year you will find the outstanding Glen Moray Mastery 120th Anniversary bottling as well as the rest of the Glen Moray whisky range available from specialist online whisky retailers such as Master of Malt

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