Morris Signature Australian Single Malt Whisky – June 2022
Excellence since 1859. Whisky crafted for today.
A distinct style of Australian Single Malt Whisky finished in the world’s finest fortified wine barrels for exceptional flavour. The Morris family began producing fortified wines in 1859, now after six generations of continued tradition Morris Whisky continues this legacy of craftsmanship. Today, we combine decades of tradition, access to the purest Australian ingredients, our heritage still and ancient fortified casks with contemporary techniques to create a whisky that is a true expression of time and place.
MORRIS whisky is crafted to reflect a sense of place and the home of the distillery in Rutherglen, regional Victoria. Rutherglen was named after town just outside Glasgow in Scotland.. The region’s climate lends itself to whisky production due to the hot summer days and cool nights. These conditions are perfect for ageing and help create the unique and distinctive MORRIS Whisky taste.
North-Eastern Victoria is widely regarded as the unchallenged capital of fortified wines. Vines came to Rutherglen along with the Gold Rush of the 1850s with the region steeped in colonial history of the late Victorian era. The regions lush rolling hills form the banks of what is known as Victoria’s Riverland, fed from Australia’s mighty Snowy Mountains and Murray River.
The region’s climate lends itself to whisky production due to the hot summer days and cool nights. These conditions are perfect for ageing and help create the unique and distinctive MORRIS Whisky taste.
Collectively our team has decades of experience in producing whisky, and perhaps most importantly crafting distinct and unique flavour. From 2016, when we founded the distillery the team has been led by John McDougall, one of the world’s most renowned whisky makers with experience consulting in all of the traditionally recognised regions of Scotland for over 25 distilleries and brands including;. Balvenie, Laphroaig and Springbank. Darren Peck, is our resident Head Distiller and with 25 years of experience in the alcohol industry, has worked under the tutelage of McDougall for the last five years. The late Dr Jim Swan, described as the ‘Einstein of whisky’ for his technical expertise and has extensive experience working with renowned brands, was a key consultant.
We use the original still, which was made in the 1930s in Adelaide and installed at the Morris of Rutherglen site in 1941. It has been meticulously restored and in recognition of its awakening after decades of slumber, the still has been named “Aurora”, a nod to the princess in Sleeping Beauty.
Pure, filtered water from the Snowy Mountains is used throughout the production process.
The barrels used for maturation are a combination of French and American oak wine barrels sourced from our family owned wineries in the Barossa and Coonawarra regions of South Australia. They are prepared by hand at our private cooperage to a specific method, which imparts the unique Morris of Rutherglen flavour profile.
Our single malt whiskies are then skilfully finished in hand selected fortified wine barrels from the famous Morris of Rutherglen winery; some of which have held the world’s most highly awarded fortified wines. It is the art in our finishing technique that creates the unique and distinctive MORRIS Whisky taste, and allows us to experiment with depth of flavour imparted from these special barrels.
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