Every year, the producer releases a Distillery Edition, which is usually reserved for visitors at the Speyside site. For the 2020 Distillery Edition releases, whisky fans who are unable to visit the site will be able to purchase the new expressions through a distillery ‘dial-in’ service.
Glen Moray will offer personal phone consultations over the peak visitor season in July and August from 9am to 5pm, with four members of the team guiding callers through the range, offering recommendations, answering questions and taking orders.
Glen Moray’s brand ambassador and distillery visitor centre manager, Iain Allan, said: “Buying a bottle of Glen Moray from our annual Distillery Edition is as much about the experience of a visit to the distillery as it is about buying a wonderful new whisky. For the many people who would normally make the trip and take away one of these special bottles, we wanted to find a way to make the range available but avoid making it just a basic transaction over email or the internet.
“Everyone working at the distillery enjoys nothing more than talking about whisky with fellow enthusiasts, answering questions and sharing behind the scenes stories of how Glen Moray is made. So if you can’t make the visit in person this year, please just pick up the phone and dial our distillery team.”
The trio of single cask bottlings are the oldest wine cask-finished whiskies from Glen Moray to date. The new expressions comprise: Chardonnay Cask (cask 7670), Burgundy Cask (cask 213) and Chenin Blanc Cask (cask 431).
The three whiskies have been matured in the ex-wine casks for between 16 and 17 years, after being laid down between 2003 and 2004 in Glen Moray’s Warehouse 1.
Chardonnay Cask (58.9%) is described as having a nose of “sweet freshly cut pineapples drizzled in toffee sauce then sprinkled with white pepper”. The palate brings raspberry jam and warm toast, followed by bubblegum and citrus.
The Burgundy offering (60.1% ABV) provides aromas of almond and marzipan with flavours of chocolate coated cherries on the palate and a “hidden tang of lemongrass” after the addition of a small drop of water.
Bottled at 60.3% ABV, the Chenin Blanc bottling has a nose of pear drops and chamomile tea, while the palate offers notes of ginger, Seville orange, tropical fruits and almonds.
Each expression in the 2020 Distillery Edition series is non-chill-filtered and bottled at cask strength with natural colour. The whiskies are priced at £85 (US$106.50) each per 700ml bottle.
The Elgin-based Glen Moray Distillery reopened yesterday (15 July) with safety measures in place. Customers must pre-book tastings and café visits due to limited numbers. Tours are currently not available.