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Glen Moray’s new 2020 Distillery Edition

Adapting to the current Covid-19 pandemic, Glen Moray’s new 2020 Distillery Edition ‘wine-finish’ expressions are available to buy via the company’s ‘Distillery dial-in’ service. During the months of July and August, this service includes a personal phone consultation. Philip Day appraises the firm’s latest trio of single cask malts.

‘Dial a Dram’ for Glen Moray’s new 2020 Distillery Edition

Glen Moray has recently (15th July) unveiled three new limited edition ‘wine-finish’ expressions for its annual Distillery Edition release – which this year will be available to buy through a ‘Distillery dial-in’ service, especially for fans who can’t visit the whisky’s Elgin home in person.

Whisky enthusiasts will surely be keen to get their hands on the trio of single cask malts – the oldest wine-finished whiskies the Distillery has ever released, each one bursting with the flavours of full maturation in hand-selected Chardonnay, Burgundy and Chenin Blanc casks respectively.

The Distillery Edition is usually reserved exclusively for Distillery visitors, and isn’t sold in shops or online. Whilst Glen Moray is re-opening to visitors today, the team is aware that the ongoing effects of the Covid 19 pandemic mean some may not be able to make the trip.

To ensure whisky fans don’t miss out, Glen Moray will offer personal phone consultations over peak visitor season in July and August, where four members of their team – all with a serious passion for whisky – will guide callers through the range, make recommendations, answer questions and take orders in person.

Brand Ambassador and Distillery Visitor Centre Manager Iain Allan will lead the effort alongside Hannah Levy (Assistant Manager), Ieva Hancock (Visitor Centre Assistant) and Laurie-May Macdonald (Café Supervisor).

Iain came up with the idea as a contrast to all the virtual, online whisky events that have been taking place during lock-down, and as a way to deliver a personal touch during the buying process. He commented:

‘Buying a bottle of Glen Moray from our annual Distillery Edition is as much about the experience of a visit to the Distillery as it is about buying a wonderful new whisky. For the many people who would normally make the trip and take away one of these special bottles, we wanted to find a way to make the range available but avoid making it just a basic transaction over email or the internet. Everyone working at the Distillery enjoys nothing more than talking about whisky with fellow enthusiasts, answering questions and sharing behind the scenes stories of how Glen Moray is made. So if you can’t make the visit in person this year, please just pick up the phone and dial our distillery team.’

The three expressions in the 2020 Distillery Edition range have been fully matured in ex-wine casks for between 16 and 17 years, after being laid down between 2003 and 2004 in the Distillery’s Warehouse 1 – home to Glen Moray’s curious casks and maturation experiments.

Let’s look at the expressions in detail:

Glen Moray’s new 2020 Distillery Edition

 

Glen Moray Chardonnay Cask (Cask 7670)

(2020 Distillery Edition)

Tasting Notes (Supplied by Glen Moray):

Colour:      Tawny (natural colour)

Nose:         Opens with sweet freshly cut pineapples drizzled in toffee sauce then sprinkled with white pepper.  A very sweet and enticing aroma.

Taste:        Raspberry jam and freshly buttered warm toast, followed by hints of bubblegum and citrus.  A flavour which is subtly complex.

Finish:       Drier wood spices coming to the fore and leaving you wanting more.

Personal tasting notes (Official sample kindly provided by Glen Moray through Burt Greener Communications)

Nose:         Engagingly sweet notes of toffee and fruity aromas evocative of freshly barbecued honey-drizzled pineapple slices with a pleasantly appealing peppery punch in the background.

Taste:        A stylish, creamy mouth feel. After an initial wave of good quality cherry jam on a freshly toasted and buttered muffin, you are left with hints of Seville oranges, watermelon and banana with a subtle peppery undertone.

Finish:       Lengthy lingering finish, with enduring notes of creamy fruitiness and warmth from enticing wood spices.

The very fact that allowing the whisky to fully mature in the ex-Chardonnay casks has given the spirit time to interact, instilling it with a unique character.

In short, the maturation period has created a well-rounded layered classic dram. The creaminess and the spiced fruity notes make it very accessible, at a reasonable price point.

ABV: 58.9%  non-chill-filtered/ 70 cl

RRP: £85

 

‘Dial a Dram’ for Glen Moray’s new 2020 Distillery Edition

Glen Moray Burgundy Cask (Cask 213)

(2020 Distillery Edition)

Tasting Notes (Supplied by Glen Moray):

Colour:      Auburn (natural colour)

Nose:         Aromas of almond and marzipan are at the forefront, covering over lighter notes of fresh orange peel and pine resin.

Taste:        A first sip brings out flavours of chocolate coated cherries with a slight earthy note hiding in the background. With the slightest drop of water this is allowed to become more pronounced along with a previously hidden tang of lemongrass.

Finish:       The grand finale of this whisky is a crescendo of spices filling the palate with a glorious warmth. 

 

Personal tasting notes (Official sample kindly provided by Glen Moray through Burt Greener Communications)

Nose:         Engagingly almondy notes of fresh marzipan. Fruity citrus aromas infused in quality retsina provide secondary notes.

Taste:        After an initial wave of dark chocolate covered maraschino cherries mixed with umami undertones. The influence of the Burgundy oak barrels is noticeable but does not overpower the whisky spirit. The addition of a drop of water helps it develop into a well-rounded layered dram.

Finish:       As taste sensations deepen, waves of warming peppery spices and develop as a warming afterglow.

Allowing the whisky spirit to mature in the Burgundy casks has given the spirit time to interact, instilling it with greater depth and character.

In short, the maturation period has created a tasty, classic dram that provides a bit of a punch at a reasonable price.

ABV: 60.1%  non-chill-filtered/ 70 cl

RRP: £85

 

Glen Moray Chenin Blanc Cask (Cask 341)

(2020 Distillery Edition)

Tasting Notes (Supplied by Glen Moray):

Colour:      Auburn (natural colour)

Nose:         A delightful combination of pear drops and freshly made camomile tea.  A robust honeycomb and apple pairing completes the wonderful flavours exuding from the glass.

Taste:        Ginger and Seville orange create the opening salvo of a flavour laden explosion on the palate. Tropical fruits mingle with camomile notes, with almonds following the strong opening.

Finish:       With all its opening intensity this whisky softly fades into a whisper of ginger, floral hints and a mineral finale.

Personal tasting notes (Official sample kindly provided by Glen Moray through Burt Greener Communications)

Nose:         Engaging notes of mouth-watering pear drops mixed with fruity dessert apple aromas, evocative of freshly brewed English camomile tea.

Taste:        After an initial wave of punchy ginger and bitter orange peel, it is followed by a particularly mellow, honey-like sweetness from the camomile notes mixed with flavours of other tropical fruit, like guava and pineapple, with just a hint of marzipan.

Finish:       A delightful dram with subtle but enduring floral notes and warming gingery spice.

Maturing the whisky in the Chenin Blanc casks has given the spirit time to acquire elements of the wine giving the spirit greater depth and character.

ABV: 60.3%  non-chill-filtered/ 70 cl

RRP: £85

 

Summary

To sum up the three iterations of Glen Moray the maturation period has created three different but excellent classic drams, suitable for fans of the Distillery range or someone who wants to try something more exotic than supermarket whiskies on their journey of whisky discovery but is afraid of paying over the odds.

All three whisky expressions are well priced and easily compare to other high-end expressions for which you would pay considerably more.

All three expressions are non-chill-filtered, bottled at cask strength and with natural colour. They are available to buy at the distillery, or by calling Ian and the team at Glen Moray Distillery to chat or book a phone consultation on 01343 550900, between 9 am and 5pm.

Glen Moray Distillery will re-open on Wednesday 15th July. Tastings will take place Monday to Friday from 9am until 5pm (not weekends) will a full list of health and safety measures in place. Visitors are asked to pre-book tastings and café visits due to limited numbers.

Distillery tours are not currently available.

Glen Moray is one of Scotland’s best-loved single malt whiskies. Located on what was once the Elgin West Brewery site on the banks of the River Lossie. in the heart of Speyside, Scotland’s whisky capital, the Glen Moray distillery has been producing fine single malt since 1897.

Pure waters from the river, locally malted barley, distillation in traditional copper stills and maturation in American ex-bourbon casks combine to give the whisky its smooth, well-balanced, classic Speyside character.

Glen Moray has always been a place where curiosity about flavour and cask maturation has been encouraged. Records dating back to its early days show new make spirit maturing in a wide variety of different casks – considered a highly unusual practice at that time. A passion for experimentation and a deep knowledge of wood have been passed down through generations of Glen Moray distillers.

The result is today’s exceptional and extensive range of whiskies, offering a flavour and style to suit all tastes. Glen Moray is the 5th biggest malt whisky brand by volume in the UK and is growing in international markets.

For most of its working history since 1924, it was owned by Macdonald & Muir (which changed its name to the Glenmorangie Company Ltd. in 1996). In 2004, the French luxury goods group Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy (LVMH) bought Glenmorangie. In 2008, LVMH sold off the Glen Moray distillery to La Martiniquaise. It is currently managed by its Bardinet spirits group subsidiary.

Founded by Jean Cayard in 1934, La Martiniquaise is an independent French spirits group with a large portfolio of international brands. Headquartered near Paris, the group operates in over 100 countries with 38 subsidiaries and production sites. The Group’s four pillars are Scotch whiskies, ports, brandies, wines, rums and craft spirits from France.

For additional information see: www.la-martiniquaise.com

Over the years, the Glen Moray Distillery has built an exceptional portfolio of Speyside Single Malts. It currently offers a wide variety of select malts under the following portfolios:

         The Elgin Classic Collection:

  •          Classic Single Malt
  •          Glen Moray Classic Sherry Cask Finish
  •          Glen Moray Classic Peated Single Malt Whisky
  •          Glen Moray Classic Port Cask Finish
  •          Classic Chardonnay Cask Finish
  •          Classic Cabernet Cask Finish

 

         The Elgin Heritage Collection:

  •          Glen Moray Fired Oak 10 year old Single Malt    Whisky
  •          Glen Moray 12 year old Single Malt Whisky
  •          Glen Moray 15 year old Single Malt Whisky
  •          Glen Moray 18 year old Single Malt Whisky

 

         The Elgin Reserve Collection:

  •          Edinburgh Rugby Private Edition

 

         The Elgin Prestige Collection:

  •          Glen Moray Mastery

 

Address:

Glen Moray Distillery
Bruceland Road
Elgin
IV30 1YE

 

Telephone:        +44 (0)1343 550 900

Email:                 visitor.centre@glen-moray.co.uk

Facebook:          @GlenMoray Distillery

Twitter:              @GlenMorayDist

Instagram:        glen moray whisky

Website:            http://www.glenmoray.com

 

References:

http://www.glenmoray.com

Press release care of Burt Greener Communications

http://www.worldwhiskiesawards.com

 

Images:    Kindly provided with thanks by Burt Greener Communications

 

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