Glen Moray Distillery
Philip Day discusses Glen Moray Cider Cask Project Whisky (The Elgin Curiosity Range) by Glen Moray Distillery of Speyside.
Glen Moray Distillery, in the heart of Speyside, Scotland’s whisky capital and home to several of the most highly-regarded Speyside single malts, recently announced the launch of its Glen Moray Cider Cask Project, a small batch single malt whisky expression exclusive to the UK. This marks the first release from the newly established Glen Moray Elgin Curiosity Range embodying Master Distiller, Graham Coull’s passion for experimentation and his desire to push boundaries in the world of whisky. The Glen Moray Elgin Curiosity Range will see the production of single malt whiskies which are ‘bold with complex aromas and exciting flavours.’
Graham Coull commented:
“We are all very excited at Glen Moray Distillery about the launch of Glen Moray’s Cider Cask Project Whisky and The Elgin Curiosity Range. As Master Distiller of this historic distillery, I am keen to constantly evolve and create new whiskies which showcase the quality and breadth of whiskies which we can produce, reinforcing our message that Glen Moray is ‘The Gateway to Flavour’.”
The single malt whisky expression, is a collaboration between Thistly Cross Cider, one of Scotland’s most highly awarded cider brands and Glen Moray Distillery. The partnership between the two companies began five years ago when Graham Coull first tasted Thistly Cross Cider and saw a potential opportunity for a collaborative experiment.
Initially, Glen Moray loaned the cider makers some of their single malt whisky casks to aid their creation of the very successful Thistly Cross Whisky Cask Cider, which is now distributed in over 20 countries worldwide. In return, like the true innovator he is, Graham wanted to see what their vintage cider could bring to the whisky.
“For me the inspiration was simple. When I first tasted the Whisky Cask Cider it was immediately obvious that the whisky flavours complemented the cider flavours perfectly. The logical next step for me was to see what the cider could bring to the whisky,” says Coull.
The casks used to create the Whisky Cider were returned home to Elgin from Thistly Cross, coming full circle to be filled once again with Glen Moray Single Malt at the distillery.
After careful monitoring, until the spirit had attained what Graham considered the perfect maturation length, the exclusive small batch whisky was bottled. The resultant expression is an incredibly light and fresh malt whisky with caramelised apple notes from the cider casks which mix perfectly with the intense vanilla flavours found in all Glen Moray Single Malt Whiskies.
Speaking of their collaboration, Peter Stuart, Cidermaker at Thistly Cross Cider said:
“We are absolutely delighted that the generosity and support offered by Graham Coull is about to be rewarded by the release of Glen Moray’s Cider Cask Project. The whisky casks loaned by Glen Moray, have allowed Thistly Cross to take our Whisky Cask Cider worldwide. It is one of our best-selling variants which is perfectly finished by the Speyside characteristics of Glen Moray. A true story of Scottish hospitality and sharing.”
Graham Coull added:
“Glen Moray is delighted to be working hand in hand with the award winning Thistly Cross Cider to produce a delicious whisky which has been created through craftsmanship and honours the history of cider and whisky production in Scotland.”
Tasting Notes (Supplied by Glen Moray):
- Colour: Polished gold
- Nose: Toffee apple and candy floss. Reminiscent of a fairground.
- Taste: Incredibly light and fresh. Summer fruits accompanied by vanilla ice cream sprinkled with toasted oats.
- Finish: Smooth and satisfying. Caramelised apple laced with spice mixed with vanilla fudge, slowly melting on the tongue.
- ABV: 46.3% non-chill-filtered
- RRP: £54.99
This dram should provide a unique experience, as its fresh and delicious nature is certainly well worth acquiring. It is available from all good specialist retailers from November 2018.
Located in the heart of Speyside, Scotland’s whisky capital, the Glen Moray distillery has been producing fine single malt since 1897. For most of its working history since 1924 it was owned by Macdonald & Muir (which changed its name to the Granmorangie Company Ltd. in 1996). In 2004, the French luxury goods group Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy (LVMH) buys Glenmorangie. In 2008, LVMH sells off Glen Moray distillery to La Martiniquaise. It is currently managed by its Bardinet spirits group subsidiary.
Over the years, the Glen Moray Distillery has built an exceptional portfolio of Speyside Single Malt. It currently offers:
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 12 year old Single Malt Whisky
- Glen Moray 15 year old Single Malt Whisky
- Glen Moray 18 year old Single Malt Whisky
The Elgin Prestige Collection:
- Glen Moray Mastery
Glen Moray has earned many awards over the years, with the latest being for its Glen Moray 1994 Sherry Cask Finish being awarded ‘Best Scotch Speyside Single Cask Single Malt Category Winner of 21 [years] & over’ in the World Whiskies Awards 2018.
Further information on these expressions as well as details of tours of the distillery are available on the website.
Address: Glen Moray Distillery
Telephone: +44 (0)1343 550 900
Facebook: @GlenMoray Distillery
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