According to Jim Murray, who tastes, evaluates and grades the 4 500 whiskies alone, this year’s 10-year-old has excelled to the point of “taking the breath away.” Having been described as one of the most consistent whiskies for a long time, he says it is obvious that Glen Grant’s very high quality ex-bourbon casks and uniquely crisp barley are “meeting with rare panache.” “This is a tough category to win, but (Glen Grant) has done it with aplomb.”
Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible for 2013 is the world’s leading whisky guide and Glen Grant 10-year-old Single Malt Scotch Whisky is the winner of the 10 Years & Under (Multiple Casks) Category. While each whisky is scored in four key areas, namely nose, taste, finish and balance, the Glen Grant 10-year-old achieved an impressive 95%. Murray says the whisky is “rich in colour” and “lingers with a soft, almond finish.”
Since the founding of Glen Grant in 1840, the distillery has been famous for its light, crisp whiskies, its history of innovation and tradition, and its beautiful buildings and gardens on the banks of the River Spey in northeastern Scotland. The tall slender stills and purifiers, which were introduced by James “The Major” Grant over a century ago, continue to give the whiskies a distinctive fresh flavour and clean colour.
Interestingly, “The Major” was the first person in the Scottish Highlands to own a car and Glen Grant was the first distillery to have electric light. In keeping with its pioneering past and progressive future, it is fitting that the Duke of Rothesay (more commonly known as HRH Prince Charles of Wales) recently opened the distillery’s state-of-the-art biomass plant and whisky-bottling centre.
The biomass plant is designed to recycle the waste from the whisky-making process as animal feed, and creates electricity by burning draff and woodchips. The bottling centre produces 2 000 bottles an hour, mainly for export to Asia and Europe.
Glen Grant is one of the largest selling single malt whiskies in the world today. In South Africa, it is distributed by Edward Snell & Co. and is available at all leading liquor retail outlets.
For more information, go to www.glengrant.com.
10-year-old (40% alc. Vol)
Appearance: Rich golden barley
Bouquet: Medium/dry, with a good balance of ripe orchard fruits
Palate: Creamy, fruity
Finish: Long, soft and nutty (almond)
About Glen GrantJoining the Gruppo Campari portfolio in 2006. The Glen Grant range includes the Major’s Reserve, 10-year-old, 16-year-old, 1992 Cellar Reserve and the 170th Anniversary Limited Edition. Founded over 170 years ago in Speyside, Scotland by former smuggling brothers, John and James Grant. The unique and seductively smooth taste (for which Glen Grant is renowned) is the result of the innovative tall slender stills and special purifiers that James “The Major” Grant, son of founding brother, James Grant, introduced over a century ago and that are still used to this day.
About Gruppo CampariDavide Campari-Milano S.p.A., together with its affiliates (“Gruppo Campari”), is a major player in the global beverage sector. Founded in 1860 and today is the sixth-largest player worldwide in the premium spirits industry. The Group’s portfolio, with over 50 brands, spans spirits, wines and soft drinks.
Internationally-renowned brands include Aperol, Appleton, Campari, Cinzano, SKYY Vodka and Wild Turkey. Headquartered in Sesto San Giovanni, Italy, Campari owns 14 plants and four wineries worldwide with a distribution network in 16 countries.