Glen Moray Mellowed in Chardonnay Barrels from 1990s (70cl, 40%)
The introductory malt from Glen Moray for many years, matured in ex-Chardonnay casks.This Speyside single malt was distilled at Glen Moray in oak casks before being further mellowed in Chardonnay white wine casks. This no-age-statement old style presentation was bottled in the 1990's.
Rumour has it that Glen Moray was used as a 'guinea pig' by then-owners Glenmorangie in an experiment to see the effect of chardonnay casks during maturation.
Originally built as a brewery, Glen Moray was converted into a whisky distillery during the market boom of the late 19th century. The subsequent slump saw it mothballed, before being bought by MacDonald & Muir in 1923, who later became the Glenmorangie Company in 1996. In the latter days of their ownership it was sadly treated as their budget single malt, but it has always been a high quality whisky, and its reputation it is now beginning to recover under the ownership of La Martiniquaise, who took over in 2008. Thankfully the distillery's excellent single malt has always been treated with the reverence it deserves by independent labels like this.