Published on July 11th, 2016 | by Greg Dillon


Glen Grant Whisky

Situated in the picturesque hills of Speyside, Glen Grant Distillery has a long history in the whisky industry. Established some 20 years after founder James Grant lead a revolt known as the Raid of Elgin, Glen Grant is in the ideal place to produce Whisky.

With a nearby and legendary River Spey, the port of Garmouth for exports and lots of space to grow barley, Glen Grant has it all. Their founder was an innovative man and encouraged the creation of the first Northern railroad, with a locomotive eventually earning the name Glen Grant in homage.

The distillery itself continued to run pretty smoothly in the decades following its establishment and when it was left in the capable hands of James “The Major” Grant, it was given a new lease of life. The Major was another innovative and enterprising Grant and saw Glen Grant become one of the first distilleries to have electric lights as well as changing the stills into taller models that created a malty and clear liquid.

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Since those days Glen Grant has changed a lot, but one thing that remains the same is the outstanding quality of their malt. They are one of the biggest selling malts around and have been widely praised for their persistent quality and flavour. One expression that especially stands out is the 18 Year Old.

This is a malt that Glen Grant is very proud of, and rightly so. It is packed with delicate but exquisite flavours, opening with a nose of oak and spice. This is a bouquet filled with wooded notes and a wonderfully warming hint of spice.  Cinnamon and nutmeg are especially present, with their own wooded undertones. There is also a delectable floral notes, with soft blossom notes becoming distinct against the thick wood.

On the palate, these flavours become fully formed.  The oak develops into a rich, thick caramel and vanilla flavour. This lends the dram a great, smooth and easy-going mouth feel that coats the tongue, allowing every taste bud to embrace the liquid.

There is also a fantastic malty biscuit flavour that act as a dull sounding board for the rest of the notes to jump off. The vanilla combines with the cinnamon and becomes slightly spicier itself.  It is joined by a dried fruit flavour, with raisins and apricots making an appearance. These add a nice tang to the flavour that is not overwhelming but works alongside all the other flavours. This dram wraps up wonderfully, with a long linger filled with oak tones and a last warming sensation of cinnamon.

Glen Grant has teamed up with Tom Kitchin to create a Whisky pairing menu, for more information visit http://www.glengrant.com/gb/en/

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Greg authors multi-award nominated GreatDrams.com, a site for whisky drinkers and learners alike and can be contacted on greg@greatdrams.com or over at Facebook.com/GreatDrams. He is also a freelance brand strategist for hire specialising in creating compelling brand positioning / propositions, creative platforms and all things strategic for whisky and other luxury spirits.

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