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On a cold windy and rainy night there is nothing I like better than to just lock the world out, switch the box on and relax with a nice whisky. The whisky of choice for me is more often than not a 12 year old malt called Glen Moray.
Glen Moray is a Speyside malt and in common with many Speyside malts the water used in the production of this spirit rises in the granite ranges inland and flows over the peat of the highlands before being drawn, I feel this adds to the smokiness of the finished product.
Many malts can still have the nip of a blended whisky as well as the over powering alcohol smell but with this exquisite malt you get a pure somewhat fruity aroma and a delicious smooth tasting whisky that dances on the taste buds rather than treading on them.
Glen Moray is matured in casks that were previously used to hold fine white wines and this helps to give it, its fruity nature and quite unique aroma, it is exceptionally light and very smooth just as a malt whisky should be yet it will still warm the mouth and indeed the throat on its way down but in a pleasant way not a harsh one.
If you do not like whisky but enjoy a malt (two entirely different things by the way), then I recommend trying this one and even if you have had malts in the past and perhaps not enjoyed them all that much them maybe still try a nip of this from your local and I think you will taste the difference straight away.
An excellent malt whisky that will set you back around £18 for a 70cl bottle. Best drunk over ice but you can add a splash of water to it to take the edge of if you can't drink it neat.
For me it is a small measure poured over a few ice cubes and sipped slowly...... Lovely!!
One of my favourite tipples has to be a nice single malt whisky, either drank in a hot coffee with squirty cream and topped with a sprinkling of Cadburys flake or a good single malt whiskey in coca-cola.
As there are so many single malt whiskeys to choose from it can sometimes be hard trying to make up your mind and what I always look for it the offers in the supermarkets, as we all know a good single malt isnt cheap to buy.
I never used to like whiskey after getting really ill off a bottle of Bells when I was a teenager, the thought of whiskey used to turn my stomach. Then when I got together with my partner he told me that all whiskeys are not the same and that if I really wanted to experience a good tasting whiskey to buy a good brand of single malt, then tell him I didnt like whiskey.
As you can tell he was a whiskey drinker at times like birthdays and Christmases and in the winter when the weather is at its coldest.
On one of his birthdays I bought him a bottle of Glenfiddich and was so surprised at the smooth difference in the taste of my previous disastrous encounter with whiskey, that I decided that every birthday I would try a different single malt whiskey for his present and over the years I have bought most of them from Glenfiddich to 25 year old bottles of really nice tasting ones.
This year I bought him a bottle of Glen Moray single malt whiskey which was on offer at Morrisons supermarket for £11.99, now at first I was a bit hesitant at the price as this seemed really cheap for a 70cl bottle of single malt but I like to try everything at least once and in the basket it went.
The bottle comes in a very dark blue canister with white red and gold lettering, a quite attractive package which if your buying a present for someone is very presentable. Flip the lid off and youll see the same label on the bottle which has a twist off cork lid.
This whiskey is 40% vol so if you go anywhere and are offered this as a drink be careful not to have too many if your driving home, it might only look a small amount that youve drank but the alcohol content is high.
The liquid inside the bottle is a light golden colour and I have found that the lighter the colour of the whiskey, in my experience the better the taste. Some darker looking brands tend to taste a bit earthy.
Glen Moray distillery has been going since the 1920s and they have been based in city of Elgin since 1897, Elgin is the capital of Speyside and is well known for other brands of whiskeys as well as Glen Moray.
It is matured in a traditional low roofed warehouses which allow the light character of the whiskey to emerge. It is matured in oak casks and has a lovely fruity butterscotch taste. It can be drank on its own to get the full flavour of the whiskey and most whiskey drinkers tend to believe that it spoils the whiskey by adding anything to it, but personally I love it with coca-cola.
It doesnt burn your throat on the way down and is smooth and light leaving the delicate subtle aftertaste of the butterscotch on your tongue after swallowing it.
For winter evenings in front of the fire or that special drink to toast the new year in this whiskey cannot be faulted. I would definitely recommend it and certainly fork out the extra money to buy it if it wasnt on offer. My partner was happy with his birthday present this year and might even get a bottle for Christmas.
If you need more information about this product you can visit their web address which is www.glenmoray.com
Have fun x.
Cold Dark Nights
It being the season of cold,dark nights I thought I'd share one of my favourite winter warmers with you....not a woolly jumper! A wonderfully warming dram of Scotland's finest product, malt whisky. (Just my opinion you understand...'course you do). Here in my hand nestles a crystal glass with candlelight flickering through oily amber liquid, quite pale for a highland malt but with a beautiful light fragrance.
Warm yet? I am.
Speyside is famed for its whiskies. There are over 60 distilleries distributed throughout an area stretching from Aberdeen in the South East to Inverness in the North West. This area is divided into five main regions, the Findhorn, the Livet, the Bogie and Deveron, the Lower Spey and the Lossie, which is where our tipple this evening has travelled from. This particular single malt, Glen Moray is relatively unknown despite being sister to the famous Glenmorangie. It happens to be one of my favourites, a difficult choice from the many that line the top shelf of the bookcase and also from the many others which have sadly passed on. I can truthfully say I have never found a single malt I didn't like or appreciate, there's so much care goes into the making, it would be rude not to.
The Laich of Moray in the North East of Scotland is the setting in which this spirit is brought to life. Protected from the Westerly winds by the Cairngorms and Monadhliath mountains and distilled in a converted brewery on the west side of the Lossie river near Elgin, the capital of Speyside, in the North of Scotland since 1897, this is amongst the lightest of the famous 'Glen' whiskies from the Speyside region and the distillery the most Northerly. The mild climate, a product of the protection afforded by the mountains, means that the barley grown here is among the finest malting barley available in Scotland and what better use for barley
make 'uisge beatha', the water of life.
In common with all the Speyside malts, the water is used in the production of this spirit rises in the granite ranges inland and flows over the peat of the highlands before being drawn to be used. This in itself imparts a natural smokiness and in this lightest of whiskies no further peat is added to the malting. According to the bottle this results in a "soft, fresh bouquet and full warming flavour" and I have to agree as I take another sip, just to make sure.
It's a sweet and fruity aroma, not at all like the more overpowering malts of the Western Isles and it would certainly be blown out if you were to taste say, a Laproaig at the same time. This is because Glen Moray is the only whisky to be matured in casks which previously held white wine. As a result it is exceptionally smooth and light, very different from almost any other Speyside malt. The flavour is slightly spicy, faintly smoky/peaty and doesn't set the tongue aflame but is still warming on the way down. Try it with a splash of water to release the flavour and it is a little less peppery.
Would I recommend this malt?
Even if you don't really like malt whisky (what is wrong with you!) you should still give this one a go, the wine cask maturation really does take some of the fire away. Despite this it's definitely no lightweight and is the Regimental toast of the Black Watch on Mess Nights. There are 10, 12 and 16 year old variations available and there was an incredible 15 year old Black Watch vintage which you can no longer buy, ( I'm sipping it now...slowly). each different in character. If you've only ever been given a dram of a cheap blend (for a joke maybe...) you've never tasted whisky. I love the stuff; I love reading about it as I drink it, the history, the process and the pride and care that goes into the making. For around £20 you
do better than to start your education here, if you like this you'll love the next one....
thanks for reading
Glen Moray 12 year old Malt Whisky / Like its sister distillery, Glenmorangie, Glen Moray is a former brewery, having been built in 1815. It was converted to a distillery in 1897. The previous owners went into receivership in 1917 and it passed into the ownership of Macdonald & Muir in 1923. It was rebuilt in 1958, when it was converted from two to four stills. Close by the distillery is Gallows Hill, the scene of public hangings in days gone by. Some of the make goes into Macdonald & Muir's Highland Queen blend as well as other blends throughout the industry. Glen Moray is situated in a hollow on the bank of the River Lossie, on the western outskirts of Elgin. River Lossie is used for supplying water to the distillery.