Blendologie by Grant’s, Whiskey tasting in Paris
I attended Grant´s whiskey tasting in Paris, to get an insight in the way whiskey is produced. Quite interesting. Take a look here.
Grant’s is a blended Scotch whisky bottled by William Grant & Sons in Scotland.
In 1886, William Grant started working in the distillery business as a Bookkeeper. In 1898, Pattison’s, the largest Scotch whisky blender at the time, suddenly went bankrupt and William Grant stepped in and launched Grant’s whisky.
William built the Glenfiddich Distillery in Dufftown, Scotland with the help of his seven sons and two daughters and on Christmas Day, 1887 it produced its first drops of spirit.
Later, William’s son-in-law Charles Gordon became the company’s first salesman and in 1909 spent a year taking Grant’s to Australia and the Far East.
In 1915, a new law stated that the minimum maturation period for Scotch whisky was to be two years (today it is three). While this led to the ruin of many a Scotch whisky distillery, William Grant had kept a supply of aging whisky in stock and was able to ensure continued production.
William Grant died in 1923 but by this time, the family business was well established.
In 1963, William’s great grandson, Charles Gordon oversaw construction of the Girvan grain distillery – now the world’s second largest grain whisky producer.
In 1979, Grant’s UK sales surpassed 1 million cases for the first time.
Today, Grant’s continues to be family owned and run. The current CEO, Peter Gordon is the fifth generation of the family to head the business.
Grant’s is the oldest family-owned blended whisky and is currently sold in over 180 countries. It is the world’s third largest Scotch whisky brand, selling 4.9 million cases of whisky in 2010.
Grant’s blended whiskies are made using grain whisky from the Girvan distillery as a base, blended with a variety of single malts and other grain whiskies.
The distillery at Girvan produces a light grain whisky that allows the character and sweetness of the malt whiskies to come through into the final blend.
Grant’s Family Reserve is described as having a complex, clean and fruity taste.
Grant’s 12 Year Old Whisky is blended from whiskies that have matured for a minimum of 12 years. It is described as having a warm and fruity taste with a hint of spice.
Grant’s Ale Cask Reserve is the only Scotch finished in Ale casks and giving it a taste described as creamy, malty and honeyed.
Grant’s Sherry Cask Reserve finishes its maturation in oak casks that have previously held Oloroso sherry. This imparts distinctive sherry wood notes. The key flavours are sherry, oak and smoke.
Grant’s Rare 18 Year Old Whisky is a Scotch whisky described as rich and full bodied with fruity port notes.
Grant’s Blended Malt has been created exclusively from Speyside-style single malts to produce a blend with a malty, fruity taste. Available exclusively in Taiwan, its taste is described as sweet, smooth and delicate.
Grant’s 25 Year Old Whisky is a blend of 25 malt and grain whiskies, including the first ever whisky laid down at Grant’s Girvan distillery. It is described as having a smooth, singular sweetness.