Aged for ten years, this whisky was named "Single Malt of the Year"by the Whisky Bible.
Situated along the banks of the River Spey, the Glen Grant Distillery was founded in 1840 by John and James Grant, who had previously been employed at the Aberlour Distillery
. Glen Grant's unique location — it enjoyed access to fresh water from the river, a steady supply of barley from the surrounding farmland and access to transportation from the nearby port of Garmouth — allowed it proposer quickly. By 1872, however, both John and James Grant had passed away, and James Grant Jr. — James' son and John's nephew — inherited the distillery. The younger Grant, known simply as "the Major,"quickly proved himself a worthy successor.
The Major was a legendary inventor, womanizer and traveller — he was the first person in the Scottish Highlands to own a car and his distillery was the first in Scotland to enjoy electricity. In addition, the Major designed and equipped Glen Grant distillery with the tall, slender stills and purifiers that allowed Glen Grant to produce whisky that was noticeably lighter and more delicate as compared to its Scottish brethren.
Glen Grant Single Malt Scotch Whisky is made from crisp, Scottish barley, much of it still harvested from the same Morayshire fields that John and James Grant used nearly two centuries ago. Once the barley has been malted and mashed, it is fermented in washbacks made of Oregon Pine. While wooden washbacks are more expensive and difficult to maintain as compared to stainless steel washbacks, they absorb more heat generated during the fermentation process and thus, create a lighter and more rich whisky. Following fermentation, the wash is twice distilled, first through Glen Grant's copper-pot wash still and then again through its spirit still. Each still is equipped with a purifier, which acts as small condenser and causes a portion of the evaporating vapors to be pumped back into the pot and then re-distilled. This purification process — Glen Grant in the only distillery in Scotland to use purifiers in both distillations — results in whisky that has a signature fresh and malty flavor.
Once the whisky has been distilled, it is matured for a decade in American oak casks that were previously used to mature bourbon. As a result, Glen Grant 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky has an aroma of vanilla, toffee, apple and earthy minerals. The aroma gives way to notes of sweet fruit, malt and a hint of peat, and leads to a long, supple finish touched by toffee and dry apples.
The whisky earned the Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. In addition, it earned a score of 95 points from the Whisky Bible
, which called it "Liquid Gold"and "Single Malt of the Year." Pick up a bottle today!
80 (40% ABV)
Glen Grant Distillery
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Aroma of vanilla, toffee, apple and earthy minerals. Notes of sweet fruit, malt and a hint of peat. Long, supple finish touched by toffee and dry apples.