Glen Moray Distillery Celebrates 120 Years with Glen Moray Mastery

Scotch distillery Glen Moray is celebrating its 120-year anniversary with the release of Glen Moray Mastery, a blend of five different vintages selected by Master Distiller, Graham Coull.

Glen Moray Mastery
Glen Moray Mastery (Photo Supplied)

Only 1000 bottles have been produced globally and the limited release expression is a blend of five vintages, three of which were laid down by former distillers Robert Brown (1959-1987) and Edwin Dodson (1987-2005), combining 20% Port cask-matured whisky from 1988 and 80% of whiskies from 1994 or earlier.

Glen Moray Mastery

Glen Moray distillery is located in Elgin, the capital of Speyside, Scotland’s most famous whisky region and has been in operation since 1897. In creating the Mastery blend, Graham Coull used whiskies which had been matured in a range of fortified wine casks, including sherry, Madeira and port with the oldest blend dating back to 1978.

Madeira is at the heart of the expression which relate back to the traditions of Glen Moray and the experimentation with various innovative techniques in maturation. It is Graham Coull’s influence on the whisky. The single malts are blended with whisky that was matured in first-fill sherry casks and a proportion finished in ex-port casks. The port cask maturation brings a balance to the more robust and full bodies flavours from the Maderia and sherry. Coull described it as “multi-layered, and you get all the history coming out in the glass.”

Glen Moray Mastery is bottled at 52.3% ABV and is non-chill filtered. Below are the tasting notes:

Glen Moray Mastery Tasting Notes

  • ABV: 52.3%
  • Colour: gold
  • Nose: rich aromas of honeycomb, red fruit, berries and spice
  • Palate: full bodied and complex with an oak influence, red fruit, dark chocolate, toasted almonds, roasted coffee, chocolate raisins and a fortified wine influence
  • Finish: Long and satisfying with a balance of spice and oak in a dry finish

Glen Moray Masterclass & Lunch

To celebrate the launch in Sydney, Graham Coull hosted a masterclass and dinner with Sven Almenning at the Roosevelt Bar & Diner. Five Glen Moray expressions were exquisitely paired with a Scottish inspired menu concluding with the exclusive tasting of Glen Moray Mastery.

Here is a snapshot of the menu:

Glen Moray Mastery

Glen Moray Triple Wood Cocktail

Glen Moray Mastery

Haggis Oatcake & Black Pudding with Seared Harvey Bay Scallops paired with Glen Moray Triple Wood Cocktail

Glen Moray Mastery

Smoked Trout Tart with Barossa Horseradish paired with Glen Moray Elgin Classic

Glen Moray Mastery

Rumbledethumps with Local Root Vegetables paired with Glen Moray Elgin Classic Port Cask Finish

Glen Moray Mastery

Pepper Australian Salmon with Glen Moray Whisky Cream Sauce and Picked Fennel paired with Glen Moray Elgin Classic Chardonnay Cask Finish

Glen Moray Mastery

Scottish Rabbit Stew paired with Glen Moray Elgin Heritage 12 yo

Glen Moray Mastery

Cranachan Dessert with Local Raspberries and Glen Moray Whisky paired with Glen Moray Elgin Heritage 15 yo

Glen Moray Mastery

Glen Moray Mastery

For tasting notes of the Glen Moray range, refer to our previous article: Glen Moray Whisky Tasting with Graham Coull, shared during his first visit to Australia.

Glen Moray Mastery

The Glen Moray Masterclass and Lunch was held on Friday 4 August 2017 at the Roosevelt Bar & Diner in Sydney.

Glen Moray Mastery

Glen Moray MASTERY is presented in individually numbered decanters housed in a leather box and is available at selected Dan Murphy’s stores nationally from mid-August 2017 at the RRP of $1400.

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Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of popular online magazine Gourmantic and Cocktails & Bars, a website dedicated to cocktail culture and the discerning drinker. She is named in Australian Bartender Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, is a member of The Academy responsible for judging the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the inaugural Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions.