It’s not the typical Speyside single malt you would have in mind because Glen Grant is anything but typical. It all started in 1840 when two whisky-loving brothers, John and James Grant, acquired distillery license to set up one of the earliest distilleries in Rothes, Speyside. The two went on to make history when the engine house at the distillery was equipped to drive dynamo, making Glen Grant was the first distillery in the northern Scotland to have electricity.
That’s not all. Their successor, James “The Major” Grant, who was known as an avid traveler and an ingenious innovator, revolutionized the craft of whisky making in 1872 in a major scale at only 25. He did away with the original pot stills in use at the time, replacing them with the tall slender stills and purifiers which created the light malty flavor and clear color that defines Glen Grant whisky to this day.
According to Robin, the distillery is small and well maintained with highly experienced small team in a traditional way, partly to honor the age-old craft of Scotch whisky making and partly to preserve Glen Grant’s long-treasured characters and structures that have made it the pride of Speyside for the past 180 years.
“Not a lot of distilleries in Scotland now have stone warehouses to age the whisky, but we do. Barrels sit on earthen floor in the dark, cool and slightly damp stone-walled buildings all year long in the distillery ground, waiting for the whisky to mature. These components contribute to Glen Grant’s unmistakable house style and its lasting legacy.”
Now single malt fans in Thailand can indulge in Dennis’ exquisite work through three expressions of Glen Grant. The entry level, Glen Grant 10 Year Old is soft on the nose with hint of apple, pear and pastry. On the palate, you’ll get orchard fruits and malt that tapers to long and complex finish. Glen Grant 10 Year Old won Best Single Malt Scotch Whisky (10 YRS & Younger) by Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible in 2017.
All three expressions are aged mainly in ex-Kentucky straight bourbon casks and spend some time in ex-sherry casks for balance, complexity and structure.
“And because Glen Grant is easy to drink and yet also complex and rich, you can drink it by itself or enjoy it in cocktails. It’s a versatile whisky,” Robin enthuses. “I recommend highball because Glen Grant’s fruitiness and light aroma of malt can go with various kinds of fruits and the fizz. It’s the kind of whisky that brightens and refreshes. You can also enjoy it neat, or with a splash of soda.”
By Manta Klangboonkrong