Glen Moray began life as a brewery on the banks of the River Lossie in Elgin in 1897. Founded on the very spot where the towns gallows once stood, the brewery was later converted by Robert Thorne & Sons to produce whisky, bolstering the output of their other business at Aberlour.
The early 1900s brought a drastic downturn in the whisky industry however, with many distilleries forced into closure and by 1910, Thorne & Sons had become so concerned with keeping Aberlour afloat that production had to be wound down at Glen Moray.
The site lay dormant until 1923 when it was acquired by Macdonald & Muir, then owners of Glenmorangie, who resumed production once more. The distillery would remain tied to Glenmorangie until as recently as 2008 when it was sold to French distilling company ‘La Martiniquaise’.
As a single malt, Glen Moray has something of a bargain basement reputation and, thanks largely to the ‘Elgin Classic’ core range, it is often found for around £20 in UK supermarket chains. As well as the standard bottling, there are Peated and Sherry Cask Finish versions but on this occasion I’ll be looking at the former…
Smell: Grassy & Floral with Apple, Lemon, Honey, Cream, even Tablet.
Taste: Apple & Orange, Caramel, touch of Malt and a little warming spice.
Value for Money: Very much at the lower end of the scale but I have to say, for a No Age Statement Speyside, bottled at 40% and priced at just £20, its not bad.
Score: 39 / 50.
A palate that doesnt quite live up to a pleasant, if simple nose but if you’re looking for a drinkable dram on a budget, this will go down easy.
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