Located in the heart of Speyside, Scotland’s whisky capital, the Glen Moray distillery has been producing fine single malt since 1897.

Through the boom times of late 19th Century and enduring two World Wars, the consistency and care taken to produce our spirit has ensured GLEN MORAY has always remained one of the most highly-regarded Speyside single malts.

Our Master Distiller

Since the first drops of spirit ran from the copper pot stills at Glen Moray on the 13th September 1897, just five men have had the honor of holding the title “Master Distiller.”

The know-how and craftsmanship built over years of experience has been passed through generations to ensure every drop has the same quality as the last.

Graham Coull, our Master Distiller says:
“With a great, long serving team working on the creation of the spirit, I am always delighted with the quality of the new make produced at Glen Moray. It is then up to me to pick the optimal time to remove the matured whisky from the oak to ensure the highest quality Single Malt makes it into the bottle.”

- Graham Coull, Master Distiller

1897

From a brewery, a new distillery is born

Our distillery was originally the Elgin West Brewery, which opened in 1830, producing local ales. Surviving handwritten ledgers show the first spirit run was made on September 13th, 1897, using local barley.

This new make spirit was filled into a wide variety of casks, an unusual practice for the time. It’s a tradition that continues today – our whisky matures in our onsite warehouses in everything from sherry and chardonnay to port casks, producing an intricate spectrum of flavours.

1924

The distillery is well recognised for its work

Indeed after being bought by Macdonald & Muir, a famous wine and spirits merchant, such was the demand for Glen Moray single malt that in 1924, an 1893 vintage was bottled and put on sale at the distillery. It was an unusually rare gem, considering the infancy of single malt whisky released during the era.

1958

Glen Moray invests and expands its production

After a brief production pause during the Second World War, the distillery is back in business. In 1956, new warehouses are opened to accommodate rising demand.

Expansion continues during the 1950’s and a commitment to traditional values is made with the acquisition of Gallowcrook Farm, one of the sources of the very first batch of barley used back in 1897. Two new copper stills and a new still house are added, with the distillery upgraded from coal to oil.

Continuing this ethos of innovation, in the late 1950s modern Saladin malting facilities are installed, enabling output to double and making Glen Moray one of the most up-to-date malt spirit producers in Scotland.

1996

MacDonald and Muir changes its name to Glenmorangie

Then in 2004, French Luxury goods group Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy (LVMH) buys Glenmorangie.

In 2008, LVMH sells Glen Moray distillery to La Martiniquaise and the brand is handled by Bardinet since.

1999

First wood finishes launched – Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc

The 1987-appointed Master Distiller Edwin Dodson brings a pioneering passion for unusual cask maturation that harks back to the original days of production at Glen Moray. His 1999 release of two expressions of Glen Moray matured in Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay casks is revolutionary for the brand.

2005

Graham Coull becomes fifth master distiller

After two decades in charge of the stills, Edwin Dodson retires - but not before passing on his wide knowledge to his successor – Graham Coull. Appreciating the great honour of taking on the role, Graham marries his respect for the Glen Moray traditions with an eagerness to explore innovative new techniques, taking the brand from strength to strength.

2014

A new look for the Elgin Classic single malt and launch of the Elgin Classic Collection

Our family of whiskies grows with the introduction of the CLASSIC RANGE, created by experimenting with a range of wine casks during the maturation process. The unique expressions offer an unrivalled breadth of flavour. Alongside the wine cask varieties, Glen Moray's intense and subtly-smoked expression of our Classic Single Malt, the Glen Moray Peated Single Malt, completes the range.

2016

Aged single malts and the birth of the Elgin Heritage Collection

Whether your preference is the elegant 12 year old, the satisfying 15 year old or the decadent 18 year old, each dram from our Heritage Collection is there to be savoured and enjoyed. This is one accessible slice of luxury that doesn't need to be saved for special occasions.

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In 2017, Glen Moray is celebrating its 120th anniversary 120th Anniversary

Crafted with expertise,
Perfected by Speyside.

Our single malt whisky has been distilled on the banks of the River Lossie since 1897, just outside Elgin, one of Scotland’s oldest towns.

In its long history, the award winning Glen Moray has been distilled in time honoured fashion, by hand. Never rushed or forced, always in balance, steady and with care, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This constancy and dedication is truly characterised by Glen Moray’s people.

In its lifetime, the distillery has known only 5 distillery managers. Know-how, myths and trade secrets passed though the generations to ensure every drop has the same light character as the last.

The Barley Sheaf represents the core ingredient in our single malt whisky and also represents the Laich O’ Moray (Machair Mhoireibh in Scottish Gaelic); a rich and fertile plain along the Moray Coast. It is sometimes referred to as the Granary of Scotland.

It’s all in our

Refined Craft

The locally malted barley and pure waters of the River Lossie combine to produce this delicate well-balanced whisky.

At the Glen Moray distillery you can discover the reality of malt whisky distilling. The delight of Glen Moray is that your tour guide could be one of the distillery craftsmen themselves.

The great advantage of this is the authenticity of the introduction – each guide knows the process of whisky making like the back of their hand. So, at Glen Moray, you will gain an unforgettable insight into how water and barley are transformed into 'the water of life'.

The fragrant evaporation of whisky that hovers in the air around the warehouses is said to be sipped by angels Graham Coull, distillery manager

The Bee and Hive motif represents the sweet and smooth character of the Glen Moray Single Malt. Throughout the production process a sweet honey like aroma can be detected around the distillery and forms a cornerstone of the whiskies character.

Discover the ethereal quality of our

Single Malt Whisky

Glen Moray is a quality malt whisky from the heart of Speyside.

Glen Moray is available in a range of ages and vintages that will appeal to new malt drinkers as well as connoisseurs looking for something a bit more special.

Being in the Laich O’Moray the distillery benefits from the regions milder climate as it is afforded protection from the Cairngorm and Monadhliath Mountains. The distilleries geographic location and also sitting in a hollow below the water table, means that the warehousing has the perfect conditions to allow for the Angels to take more of a share of our whisky than they will of others.

We use ex bourbon barrels sourced from North America to mature Glen Moray and these produce a whisky with rich and spicy characteristics. These casks deliver a superior product that has a smooth and well-rounded taste.

The depths of a Scottish porter or the fragrance of a lemongrass bulb. Just a few of the unexpected ingredients drawn upon by master mixologist Adrian Gomez at 10 Dollar Shake – to accentuate the eclectic tastes of Glen Moray.

  • Experience

    The Gallowhill Flip

    After almost 70 years as a brewery on Elgin’s Gallow Hill, Glen Moray found its true calling – and in 1897 converted to become the distillery we know today.

    • 50ml Glen Moray Classic
    • 25ml Black Isle Porter
    • 1 tsp Taylor’s Velvet Falernum
    • 1 tsp Scottish honey
    • 1 tsp vanilla syrup
    • Pinch of all-spice
    • 1 whole egg

    Leave the ice to one side – but shake all the other ingredients. Then add ice to chill and dilute. Serve in a goblet, and garnish with chocolate shavings.

    Gallowhill Flip
  • Experience

    The Gregorian Blazer

    Just outside Elgin, Pluscarden Abbey is Scotland’s – and Britain’s – only inhabited medieval monastery still used for its original purpose.

    • 50ml Glen Moray Classic
    • 15ml Benedictine
    • 1 x star anise
    • 1 x orange peel
    • 1 x lemon peel
    • 25ml distillery water

    Rinse a metal tankard or jug with the Benedictine. Pour in a double measure of Glen Moray Classic, adding the star anise and citrus peels. Flame to release the smoky essences. Extinguish the flame by adding the water, then pour the warm contents into a brandy balloon.

    Gregorian Blazer
  • Experience

    The Triple Wood

    An oak-matured trinity of classic flavours, seasoned with lavender bitters.

    • 60ml Glen Moray Classic
    • 10ml white port
    • 10ml Noilly Prat Dry Vermouth
    • Dash of Bob’s Lavender Bitters

    Stir over ice and strain into a chilled goblet. Serve in a small goblet, garnishing with orange peel twist and a sprig of heather.

    Triple Wood
  • Experience

    The Moray Sour

    Why hide the light, complex flavours of Glen Moray? This cocktail carefully builds on the citrus and butterscotch notes – the whisky sour reborn.

    • 50ml Glen Moray Classic
    • 25ml fresh lemon juice
    • 3 tsp caster sugar
    • Dash of Angostura Bitters
    • 1 x fresh ginger root
    • 1 x lemongrass bulb
    • 1 x egg white

    Muddle the fresh ginger and lemongrass bulb in the base of a shaker tin. Add all ingredients and dry shake to emulsify the egg white. Add ice and shake until the tin is frosted. Fine -strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with rustic lemon twist and patterned Angostura drops.

    Moray Sour

The barrel signifies maturation, with all our whisky destined for Glen Moray matured at the distillery on Speyside. The storage of our 85,000 casks is closely monitored under the watchful eyes of our head warehouseman.

Glen Moray is not your usual

Speyside Distillery

Glen Moray has been distilled on the banks of the River Lossie since 1897 by a small dedicated team of craftsmen.

In over a century of distilling at Glen Moray, much has changed. However, the ingredients, processes and the skills of those responsible for producing this finest quality single malt whisky remain constant.

A small, friendly and informal distillery, Glen Moray is in the heart of Elgin, the historic capital of Speyside. The area around Elgin is known as the Laich of Moray.

Glen Moray is a partner member of the world famous Malt Whisky Trail.

Distillery Tours

Getting Here

Glen Moray Distillery is situated approximately 35 miles east of Inverness on the western outskirts of Elgin just off the A96.

The ship symbolises the export of Glen Moray, currently exported to many countries around the world. It also represents the distillery's proximity to the Moray Firth the final outlet for the source water for Glen Moray - The River Lossie.