Like Glenmorangie, Glen Moray started out its existence as a brewery. It became a distillery in 1897. The distillery lies by the river Lossie close to the medieval city of Elgin. Glen Moray is gaelic for ‘glen of the seaboard settlement’. Unfortunately for Glen Moray’s fouder, the whisky boom was over soon after the distillery was founded and the company was bankrupted. In 1920 the distillery was bought by Macdonald and Muir Ltd, who renovated and expanded the distillery with two additional stills. The warehouse “No 1” lies close to the Gallows Crook Hill where criminals were hanged in the 15th century. Glen Moray was the first Speyside distillery to use white wine barrels to ‘finish’ maturation.
Production at Glen Moray
Glen Moray uses water from the river Lossie. They buy their malt lightly peated from different malting companies. The Mash tun is made from stainless steel as are the five washbacks. They have four lantern-shaped copper stills that are indirectly heated with steam. Glen Morays annual production capacity is close to two million litres. The whisky is stored on-site. Both bourbon and sherry casks are used. Bottling is done in Broxburn, West Lothian
Contact Glen Moray
Glen Moray Distillery
Phone: +44 (0) 1343 542577
Manager: Ed Dodson
Visitors: Open all year round Monday to Friday 9am-5pm. Guided tours start at 9.30am, 10.30am, 11.30am, 1.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm. The admission is £2 and is refundable upon purchase.