Glen Moray Whisky Distillery

Glen Moray Whisky Distillery & Story

Glen Moray whisky distillery is close to the Firth of Moray coastline on the northern edge of the Speyside whisky region.

The Glen Moray (glen-mur-ree) house style is a soft fruity creamy whisky although the use of wine cask finishes can give a rich fruity dimension.

Discontinued Glen Moray single malt whiskies  and limited editions  are sought after by collectors.

How the Glen Moray story began

Situated on the banks of the River Lossie on the East side of Elgin close to former place of execution for 17th century criminals “Gallow Crook Hill”.

In 1962 during the excavation for the footings of a new warehouse seven skulls were uncovered One with a musket ball lodged in the jaw. The last hanging was in 1697.

The Glen Moray originally started as the West Brewery founded in 1830.

Henry Arnott & Co converted the brewery into a whisky distillery in 1897. Known at the time as the Glen Moray Glenlivet Distillery Co.

The distillery closed in 1910 and after a brief one-season reopening in 1912.

In 1920 the distillery was sold to Macdonald & Muir,  the owners of Glenmorangie. However, didn’t go back into production until 1923.

Since then the only time the distillery has been closed was during World War II, due to the war restrictions.

In 1958 the floor maltings converted to the Saladin Box, which was in use up to 1978.

The number of stills where increased from 2 to 4 during 1979.

Macdonald & Muir change their name to Glenmorangie Plc in 1996.

During 1999 three wood finishes are introduced. A no age statement Chardonney, 12 and 16 year old Chenin Blanc.

In 2004 Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessey purchases Glenmorangie Plc.

The Glen Moray distillery is sold to La Martiniquaise in 2008.

Under the new ownership the Glen Moray distillery started a massive expansion program commenced in 2011.

December 2011 a wash still and two spirit stills replaced, another pair of stills added.

Glen Moray is a component of the Queen Anne blend.

The Glen Moray Distillery

Converted from a former Brewery in 1897 by the Glen Moray Glenlivet Distillery Co.
Location; Speyside region, Lossie district. East of Elgin.
Water source; River Lossie.

Pre 2011 Glen Moray Whisky Distillery Equipment;)

Stainless steel mash tun. (Replaced with the new 2011/16 expansion
5 Stainless steel washbasks. Retained with the new expansion.

4 Squat onion shaped stills. (Replaced with the new 2011/16 expansion)

During 2015 the distillery saw a new section built using the old Saladin maltings.

This included:

11 ton mash tun.

12 new stainless steel washbacks.

The distillery has a 6 Still set up.

New effluent treatment plant  plus 2 warehouses.

Matured in American oak bourbon casks with various other casks for special editions in Traditional Dunnage warehouses on site.

Glen Moray malt is a soft fruity creamy whisky although the use of wine cask finishes can give a rich fruity dimension. Since 2009 the distillery has been producing in batches a peated spirit so this adds a gently peated whisky to their portfolio.

Discontinued Glen Moray single malt whiskies  and limited editions  are sought after by collectors.

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Glen Moray Whisky Distillery Entrance
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Glen Moray Whisky Distillery

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Take a tour of the Glen Moray whisky distillery

The Glen Moray whisky distillery visitors centre is well worth a visit and regularly run guided tours of the distillery throughout the course of the day. A number of the tours include tasting sessions where you can sample some of the drams they have to offer.

Click here for more information on the Glen Moray visitors centre

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Glen Moray single malt whisky

The Glen Moray malt whisky core range consists of:

Classic Collection; Classic single malt,  Sherry cask finish, Port cask finish, Chardonnay cask finish, and Peated single malt whisky.

Heritage Collection; 12 year, 15 year, 18 year olds.

Elgin Reserve; 25 year old.

Older releases can be found among the collectors rare whisky.

Our Glen Moray Whisky Range - In stock and available to buy