Made in honor of the Major, one of the first distillers at Glen Grant, this whisky earned the Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2013.
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 to 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 Major's Reserve Single Malt Scotch Whisky is made in honor of the Major.
The 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 a 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.
Following distillation, Glen Grant Major's Reserve is matured in traditional oak casks until the whisky reaches the peak of perfection. It has a light golden color, along with an aroma of apples, bananas and fresh custard. Notes of creamy vanilla, pound cake, malt and buttered biscuits dominate the palate, and give way to a dry, nutty finish.
The whisky earned the Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2013. In addition, the Whisky Bible
said that Major's Reserve had a "balance and quality nothing short of superb."Pick up a bottle today!
80 (40% ABV)
Glen Grant Distillery
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Light golden color, along with an aroma of apples, bananas and fresh custard. Notes of creamy vanilla, pound cake, malt and buttered biscuits dominate the palate. Dry, nutty finish.