Sunday, 19 March 2017

Glen Moray Elgin Classics

Glen Moray used to belong to Glenmorangie but when they were taken over by the the luxury brand Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy in 2004 they were surplus to requirements, in 2008 they were sold to the French company La Martiniquaise.

Located near Elgin in Speyside, they have only ever had five Master Distillers. Each have taken their jobs very seriously crafting their whiskies since 1897. In 2005 Graham Coull took the role, his predecessor Edwin Dodson retired after 20 years in the job. Graham marries his respect for the Glen Moray traditions with an eagerness to explore innovative new techniques. Some of these new techniques have resulted in a set of drams called the Elgin Classic range.

Classic, Peated, Chardonnay, Sherry & Port

I recently bought a bottle of the Sherry Cask Finish and have samples of the Port Finish (thanks to a sample swap with Rob @RealDramRob) and Peated Finish (thanks to a sample swap with Craig @SpikeyDog120) for this review. The other two in the range are the 'plain' Classic which I tried a few years ago and the Chardonnay Finish which for some reason I've had trouble locating - their website still says coming soon!



All five whiskies in the range are NAS, probably coloured and chill-filtered, the boxes/bottles don't say otherwise. They are also relatively in-expensive, each can be had for less than £25.

Peated, Sherry, Port

Distillery : Glen Moray
Whisky : Elgin Classic Peated
Presentation : Cardboard box, some whisky information, lovely still shaped bottle with cork stopper.
Box Info : "The intense and subtly-smoked expression of our Classic Single Malt, this is the perfect easy-drinking introduction to peated whiskies. Matured in ex-bourbon casks for added spiciness."
Source : Sample Swap from Craig @SpikeyDog120
Price : £20 many outlets
Characteristics : 700ml, 40% ABV, NAS, Coloured, Chill-filtered
Colour : White Wine - very pale for being coloured
Nose : Sweet wood smoke, but not medicinal like Islay drams, floral overtones
Palate: Delicate smoke, vanilla leading to stewed rhubarb
Finish : Toffee popcorn developing into spice
Overall : A lovely dram with a gentle smokiness (guesses suggest a PPM of 13 then an average of 7 years in probably 2nd or 3rd fill bourbon casks) , would be ideal for introducing a newbie to peated whisky before graduating on to Islay malts.

Distillery : Glen Moray
Whisky : Elgin Classic Sherry Finish
Presentation : Cardboard box, some whisky information, lovely still shaped bottle with cork stopper.
Box Info : "Only the finest Oloroso casks are used to mature this extraordinary single malt. The Elgin Classic's unmistakable vanilla and light oak is still evident but, with vibrant dried fruit and earthy, nutty notes of the sherry, the finish is multi-faceted."
Source : Morrisons Supermarket
Price : £22
Characteristics : 700ml, 40% ABV, NAS, Coloured, Chill-filtered
Colour : Amber
Nose : Toffee, dried fruits developing to plums
Palate: Sweet sherry, honey leading to drying vanilla
Finish : Sweet honey and cherries
Overall : This isn't a sherry bomb! But like the Peated is probably a good introduction to Sherried whiskies. Again a maturation of circa 7 years is suggested with an 8 month finish in Oloroso sherry casks. A very drinkable dram!

Distillery : Glen Moray
Whisky : Elgin Classic Port Finish
Presentation : Cardboard box, some whisky information, lovely still shaped bottle with cork stopper.
Box Info : "This light and fruity expression is finished for eight months in Port pipes from Porto Cruz, the N°1 Porto company in the world. The spirit picks up intense embellishments of summer fruit, dark chocolate and cinnamon and a distinct pink hue."
Source : Sample Swap from Rob @RealDramRob
Price : £22 many outlets
Characteristics : 700ml, 40% ABV, NAS, Coloured, Chill-filtered
Colour : Pale Gold with a slight pink tinge - very pale for being coloured
Nose : Fruity vanilla, caramel leading to fruit and nut chocolate
Palate: Stewed plums sprinkled with cinnamon
Finish : Honey developing into a smooth vanilla with woody cinnamon
Overall : A lovely dram with a beautiful mouth feel and flavour - a longer finish that the previous two. Of the three this was my favourite!

Summary : OK, these are inexpensive NAS drams so you might not be expecting much, but you'll be pleasantly surprised! All three are very drinkable - ideal for newbies and more experienced drinkers who just want to sit down in a quiet spot and drink a nice dram. And I love the still shaped bottles!

Link : Elgin Classic Collection






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