About Glen Moray Chardonnay Cask Finish Scotch Whisky
Glen Moray Chardonnay Cask Finish Scotch Whisky is the result of the hard work of Glen Moray’s master distiller, Graham Coull. Coull very much knows what he’s doing and he brought back their previous Single Malt that was aged completely in Chardonnay casks. We loved it then but we love it even more now as this Whisky retains more of its Single Malt character and it’s a tad less influenced by the Chardonnay Wine cask during its aging process. Coull got it just right this time and this is a fantastic Whisky that brings plenty of bang for its buck.
Glen Moray was born as West Brewery run by Robert Thorne & Sons. It was converted into a Whisky distillery in 1897. From the very start, quality has been job one. The dedication and "authenticity" of Glen Moray’s Single Malt production is just about as good as it gets — changing very little over their 120 years of production on the same spot. The distillery sits on the banks of River Lossie in the Royal Burgh of Elgin — the historic capital of Speyside — and the road into town passes directly through the distillery grounds. Today they are owned by French Spirits company La Martiniquaise and all of the production goes into their range of fine Single Malts.
In its first life, Glen Moray was the Elgin West Brewery, until the end of the 19th century, when the brewery was reincarnated as the iconic Speyside distillery. Glen Moray was founded by Robert Thorne & Sons. Situated on the banks of River Lossie, in the Royal Burgh of Elgin, the first spirit dropped from the copper pot stills on the 13th of September 1897. There have only been five Master Distillers since then, which is a testament to their authenticity, and reputation for producing consistent, quality spirit. This pristine craftsmanship has been passed down through generations.
With over a century of tradition, not much has changed at the iconic Speyside distillery. They continue to mature their whiskies in a wide array of casks, a technique which was once a rarity. Their whisky ages onsite in casks ranging from sherry and chardonnay to port, yielding an impressive spectrum of aromas and flavors.
After a brief pause in production during WWII, Glen Moray revamped their facilities and expanded, and the distillery is currently owned by French spirits company La Martiniquaise. Graham Coull is the fifth master distiller at Glen Moray. At the helm of the operation, he oversees all of the production that goes into their signature core range, featuring nine single malts.
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