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Glen Moray Explores Cask Flavours With Chef Ben Tish

29th July 2020
Explore the taste of the Glen Moray whisky range this summer with some cask flavour influenced restaurant quality food and drinks created by award winning chef Ben Tish and sommelier Julien Hennebelle which you can make yourself at home.

Chef and food writer Ben Tish presents Glen Moray ‘Cask Stories’Glen Moray has got together with award-winning chef and food writer Ben Tish to present ‘Cask Stories’ which dives into the world of wood to explore the importance of cask flavour and character of their Glen Moray Port, Sherry, Madeira and Fired Oak expressions.

For those of you who are still understandably wary of venturing out to a restaurant this summer in the current ongoing Covid-19 climate Ben has created some top restaurant quality Glen Moray influenced food dishes and to wash them down Ben’s long standing head sommelier Julien Hennebelle has collaborated with him to create four long, refreshing Glen Moray cocktails – perfect for summer drinking and Glen Moray assure me that they are packed with flavour to pair perfectly with each tapas dish.

Ben, who is the Culinary Director of London’s Norma Restaurant and Stafford Hotel, has a long held passion for the food and flavours of Mediterranean and Moorish regions, this has given him the inspiration to create a selection of easy to make tapas dishes and cocktails - inspired by each Glen Moray whisky, the cask it is finished in and his extensive travels exploring the culinary traditions of Porto, Jerez and Madeira. And as a barbecue expert, Ben has also created an option to match the smoky, charred flavours of Glen Moray’s Fired Oak expression.

Food and drink fans will be taken on a journey through Glen Moray’s ‘cask hotspots’, as Ben shares stories of his favourite bars, restaurants and dining memories, and the creative spark behind each tapas dish and drink.

Ben and the Glen Moray team will be sharing stories, recipes, cocktails ideas and a series of films over the summer, with Instagram live events planned for August. Ben commented: "I’m really excited to be working with Glen Moray and developing Mediterranean inspired recipes to match these brilliant whiskies. I’ve loved Mediterranean food for years and my latest book Moorish focuses on the regions that are covered in the Elgin cask series. The flavours of the whisky are clear and fresh - perfect for my style and a pleasure to work with. Some great summery cocktails too, from our bar man and sommelier Julien."

Cumin rubbed grilled pork pinchos with almond alioli and the Glen Moray The Elgin Fizz whisky cocktail.

Glen Moray’s UK Sales Director Claire Baigrie added: "Glen Moray is one of the most adventurous malt whiskies available and we have always pushed the boundaries when it comes to the casks we use for maturation. Our new partnership with Ben is a way to really explore and celebrate these flavours, and the wonderful results of our new make spirit meeting seasoned casks from different parts of the world. Ben is an absolute expert in the places where our casks originate and we are thrilled to have him tell our cask stories to food and drink lovers. This is an invitation to come with us on a journey to learn more about flavour and to enjoy whisky in a way that really breaks down the barriers of how and when single malt whisky should be enjoyed. At a time when summer holidays to these regions are limited, we hope Glen Moray fans will enjoy the ride!"

Other Glen Moray Cask Stories Food & Drink Recipes

Glen Moray Sherry Cask Finish Food & Drink Recipes
  • Fried courgette flowers, goats cheese and honey.
    The combination of rich, salty cheese and sweet honey works perfectly with the Sherry Cask’s notes. Reminiscent of the fried flowers served in every Spanish tapas bar over the summer months.

  • The Oloroso Breeze
    A long, delicious Mediterranean style drink, mixing Glen Moray Sherry Cask Finish, sherry vermouth and sparkling San Pellegrino Bitter – served with a slice of orange.


Glen Moray Port Cask Finish Food & Drink Recipes

  • Mussels with cinnamon, lemon, marjoram, bay and migas.
    Lightly steamed mussels with fresh, spicy and citrusy flavours to complement the Port Cask whisky’s notes – topped with crispy ‘migas’ breadcrumbs which are a Portuguese staple.

  • The Lossimonatta
    A light, refreshing blend of Port Cask Finish, the juice of red berries, cherry liqueur and lemonade, served over ice and inspired by the River Lossie running next to the Glen Moray Distillery.


Glen Moray Fired Oak 10 Year Old Food & Drink Recipes

Glen Moray Madeira Cask Project Food & Drink Recipes

If you fancy creating any of the food dishes or drinks you will find all the Glen Moray whiskies you will need available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange, The Whisky Shop and Master of Malt

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