Only 150 decanters of this single malt, which was aged for 50 years, have ever been produced.
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 50 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky was distilled in October 1963 and matured for a half-century in a single sherry cask. The whisky represents the oldest expression from the Glen Grant Distillery ever produced. "Maturation cannot be rushed," says Dennis Malcolm, Glen Grant's Master Distiller. "Like people, casks mature at their own pace."
After its 50 year beautyrest, the whisky was bottled at cask strength in a hand-blown crystal decanter crafted by the Glencarin Crystal Company. In addition, each decanter (there are only 150 in the world) is hand engraved, hand numbered and finished with the number 50 in 18-carat gold lettering. The decanter also includes a certificate of authenticity signed by Dennis Malcolm, and every other craftsman involved in making the whisky.
"When time teaches us something, we call it an experience," says Malcolm. The time has come. Experience a unique single malt today!
108.8 (54.4% ABV)
Glen Grant Distillery
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Warm, auburn color. Aroma of subtle toffee, caramel and sun-dried fruits. Notes of sherry, orange zest, caramel apples and poached pears. Finish is rich and robust, with lingering sweetness.