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.
Glen Grant 27 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (A.D. Rattray Bottling) was distilled on December 31, 1985 and matured for nearly 10,000 days, or just over 27 years, in a used sherry cask that was hand-selected by Dennis Malcolm, one of just eight Glent Grant master distillers in the past 125 years. Malcolm, who began apprenticing at the distillery as a cooper when he was only 15 years old, has over five decades of experience distilling and maturing whisky. "We don't believe in rushing things at Glen Grant,"he says. "We allow nature to take its time to do its work."On January 7, 2013, the maturing, non-chill filtered whisky was bottled at cask strength.
Glen Grant 27 Year Old Single Malt has a fruity aroma, with notes of apples, pears and orange, followed by hints of butter and toffee. The initial flavors are light and fresh, with touches of salted caramel, buttery bread, caramelized sugar and ginger, and are followed by a bold and robust finish.
Only 453 bottles of Glen Grant 27 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (A.D. Rattray Bottling) were ever produced. Pick up a bottle today!
102.4 (51.2% ABV)
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Fruity aroma, with notes of apples, pears and orange, followed by hints of butter and toffee. Initial flavors are light and fresh, with touches of salted caramel, buttery bread, caramelized sugar and ginger, and are followed by a bold and robust finish.