The Laich of Moray is a seaboard plain on the Moray Firth, protected against prevailing westerly winds by the Monadhliath and Cairngorm Mountains. The mild even climate of this area produces some of Scotland’s best malting barley. It is no surprise then to discover that Glen Moray was formerly a brewery! Converted into a distillery in 1897, its production levels are highly limited. The distillery celebrated its centenery in 1997 having been in continuous production for 100 years, closing on only a few occasions during the war years. Today Glen Moray produces a full bodied, fruity and deliciously ‘ripe grainy’ Speyside malt that is smooth but firm.
‘So beautifully composed that it left me craving some imperfection’.
Tasting note: This is a fruity, creamy and very complex whisky. The initial impact on the nose is of very strong vanilla and fruit — an intricate mixture of bananas and citrus fruits. Then drier notes emerge with oak, baked bread and butter, followed by heather and honey tones. With water the vinous notes are detected followed by the drier notes of Glen moray, and, in particular, a whiff of peat, a hint of leather and straw. The texture is full, round and mouthwarming with delicate spices and menthol.The finish is medium leaving the dry tang of fruit skins (peach and grape must). Notes partly sourced from Glen Moray. 40% alc./vol.