GlenGrant distillery was the first of five to be built in the town of Rothes. It was built by John & James Grant in 1840, two brothers who had previously been involved in illicit distilling. James Grant son, Major James Grant travelled extensively in India and Africa. On his return to Rothes, the distillery gardens were planted with rare and exotic plants. The distillery has recently restored the Victorian garden and it is open to visitors. If you are ever fortune enough to be invited to the bottom of the garden, you may be treated to a special dram from a safe, set into a wall.
In the days when single malts were scarcely known outside of the highlands, Glen Grant was the lone single malt in many a bar from Glasgow to Giana. The Glen Grant stills are a unique shape with an almost square section between the pot and the neck. This, together with purifiers on the lyne arms, contributes, to Glen Grants light, gentle character. The whisky has long been a contributor to Chivas regal and is highly regarded by most blenders.
Glen Grant is one of the worlds biggest-selling Malt Whiskies, with Italy being a significant market. In fact it is owned by an Italian company (Campari) and is set up especially for Italian Tourists. It is the Leichhardt of Scotland. This makes it very difficult to get hold of this single malt anywhere but Scotland and Italy. Thankfully our buying power has come through again sourcing a very special 1993 vintage. What makes this so rare is that as one of the biggest selling whiskies in the world, it very rarely ages much past 5 years, so a 16 year is unique and to be prized.
GlenGrant 10yo Tasting notes
Nose: Orange and lemon zest, vanilla cream and toffee.
Palate: Oily, with fudge and cream chased by orange, lemon, honeysuckle and sweet apple.
Finish: Freshly crushed grain, soft apple and a hint of peach.
Comment: Famously, Glen Grant produce ‘the lightest spirit in Scotland’, and while this is a gentle dram it’s got a richness to its mouthfeel that you might not expect. A great warm-weather sipper.