Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Glen Grant 1957 - 2011


Before I introduce one new and exciting bottle in my collection I wanna tell you a view words about this traditional distillery (information taken from www.glengrant.com).

In 1840, brothers John and James Grant apply for a distilling license. With the sea and port of Garmouth nearby, the River Spey at its feet and barley-growing plains nearby, all the basic ingredients of malt whisky were close at hand. 

By 1872, the founders of Glen Grant Distillery had passed away. Young James 'The Major' Grant, born in 1847, had always taken a keen interest in the distillery and having inherited the business and the title 'Glen Grant' from his uncle John Grant, he was to prove himself a worthy successor.

Stories about ‘The Major' abound. A legendary innovator, socialiser and traveller, he lived by his own rules and set his own standards. New ideas fascinated him and he wasn't afraid to explore them. He was the first man in the Highlands to own a car. Glen Grant was the first distillery to have electric light. And he introduced the tall slender stills and purifiers which created the fresh malty flavour and clear colour that defines Glen Grant whisky to this day. 

In 1931, Major Grant, the last Glen Grant, died, survived by his three daughters and a distillery that had become one of the most famous in the world. Douglas MacKessack, his grandson, was to become his successor.  

In 1972, the Glenlivet and Glen Grant Distilleries Ltd amalgamated with the blending concerns of Hill, Thomson and Co.Ltd and Longmorn Distilleries Ltd to become The Glenlivet Distillers Ltd. The original family interest in the distilleries was maintained, with two substantial outside shareholders: Courage Ltd, the brewing concern and Suntory Ltd, the Japanese distilling company.


In 2006, Campari acquired Glen Grant, its only whisky, when Allied Domecq were acquired by Pernod Ricard. To this day, Glen Grant continues to be one of the biggest selling single malts worldwide.

And so the Glen Grant story will continue, as long as there are people in Speyside with the skill and determination to maintain the standards and traditions of the Grant family and their descendents.


On my way back from a business trip in 2011 to the UK I spotted this bottle at Stansted Airport Duty Free... I wasn´t really on the look-out for Single Malts, cuz normally they´re more expensive than here due to the taxing system... but.... sometimes you get special bottlings at really good prices... so did I in this case. Much cheaper than in any German or Swiss shop... so I took the chance and bought the bottle...

Glen Grant 1957 - 2011, bottled by Gordon & McPhail

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Glen Grant 1957 - 2011, bottled by Gordon & McPhail

Glen Grant 1957 - 2011, bottled by Gordon & McPhail

This Whisky´ll be part of another tasting that we´ll have at the Griffins Business Lounge in March with the following line-up:
  • Glen Grant 19 yo., 1991 - 2011, 54.9 %, bottled by The Whisky Chamber
  • Glen Grant 36 yo., 1973 -2010, 53.6 %, bottled by the Whisky Agency
  • Glen Grant 37 yo, 1973 - 2010, 46.0 %, bottled by THOSOP Belgium
  • Glen Grant 38 yo., 1972 -2011, 44.7 %, bottled by Duncan Taylor
  • Glen Grant, 54 yo., 1957 - 2011, 40.0 %, bottled by Gordon & McPhail

This should be an awesome event, the youngest Whisky is 19 yo., the oldest 54. This calls for an old vintage cigar to be smoked...


1 comment:

  1. A fanrastic lineup, those who attend the tasting are very lucky indeed:-)

    Arild

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