1952 Glen Grant, Private Collection, Platinum Jubilee, Speyside, Single Malt Scotch Whisky (52.3%)
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Glen Grant Distillery, Speyside
Glen Grant, founded in 1840, is widely considered to be one of the finest single malts whiskies and is one of the few named after its original owner, Major James Grant, who also built Glen Grant No2 (later renamed Caperdonich Distillery) across the road.
The distilley used to belong to the Chivas and Glenlivet Group, property of Seagram, was bought by the Campari group in 2006.
A classic Speyside malt, Glen Grant has a range of incarnations, ranging from the well known younger versions, to the complex and stylish single vintage malts. Tastewise, it characteristically exudes nuttiness: hazelnuts when young, and almonds when aged.
A world class brand, with a particularly strong following in Italy, and an important component of the blended Whiskies of Chivas Regal.
To some Speyside represents the jewel in whisky’s crown. Speyside is the home of legal whisky production and it’s best known examples. Around the world Glenlivet, Macallan, Glenfiddich, Glenrothes and Glenfarclas typify all that whisky, at it’s best has to offer. At it’s heart running from the Monadhliath mountains north to the sea, is the River Spey. It is the fastest flowing river in Britain, and also well known for its salmon fishing.
Speyside is the principal whisky-producing region: Speyside has within it some forty-six operating distilleries - over half the total number in the entire Scotland.
Speysides are essentially sweet whiskies. They have little peaty character They are typically highly perfumed, feminine and elegant.
The classical nature of Speyside’s malts means that a number of the finest malts are used almost exclusively for blending. It is the top Speysider’s that give good blends their ‘Top Dressing’.
Malts such as Mortlach, Glen Elgin, Strathmill and Benrinnes are rarely found as distillery bottlings, however when individual casks are tracked down by independent bottlers such as our Own Selection Single Malt Whiskies the resultant whisky can be quite wonderful.
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This is an ancient and supremely dignified Glen Grant from Elgin’s finest Independent Bottlers, Gordon & Macphail. It is exceptionally rare to experience a Platinum Jubilee and similarly unusual to find a whisky with seven decades of maturation under its belt. This reminds me of a country kitchen spice cupboard; an oaken structure containing innumerable hand-labelled spice pots having been filled and refilled over the years. Spending time gently breathing it in gives the most nourishing rewards. This is one to toast the generations of angels who each took their share of this beautiful whisky.
Rob Whitehead, Spirits Buyer, Berry Bros. & Rudd (Jun 2022)
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