Creating own blend II.
Recently, in the World of Whisky we talked about changing of Grant’s Global Brand Ambassador, which now is Rob Allanson. Rob replaced in this position Ludovic Ducrocq. New Global Brand Ambassador previously worked as chief editor of Whisky Magazine.
Taking over the position has become a good opportunity to visit the growing Polish whisky market. William Grant & Sons has organized several meetings with the Global Brand Ambassador Rob Allanson and Brand Ambassador Mateusz Zabiegaj. I participated in this event in Warsaw, in very interesting and tastefully decorated place – International School of Bartenders and Sommeliers.
The plan was to taste Grant’s and create your own whisky compositions. No one could be hungry, so we started with a tasty lunch. Then both Ambassadors led tasting.
Tasting started with surprise, the new make from Glenfiddich, 63.5% ABV – with green apples and pears in the foreground. Then the Glenfiddich 4 years old, 54% ABV – more sweet, slightly honey, heather. Subsequently, we went to the whole Grant’s family, the flagship Family Reserve, the Ale Cask Finish (interesting finishing in ale casks), Sherry Cask Finish, Master Blender’s Edition and 12 years old.
Equipped with the expertise knowledge of flavors and fragrances, as well as the ins and outs of composing whisky, we began Blending Session. I’ve had idea about it, as last year I took part in similar event in Dufftown, Scotland (I wrote about that here and here). There are about 25 ingredients in the classical Grant’s, we had simplier task and got to use four bottles:
1. Girvan (grain whisky from Wiliam Grant & Sons distillery),
2. Speyside Malt,
3. Blended Malt 1,
4. Blended Malt 2.
I have created two blended whiskies, I will write about them in a separate post. Whatever who came out with, it was a great fun.
At the end of the meeting we were savoring Grant’s 25 years old.
On the same day, in the evening I attended also a dinner, where we could combine dishes with whisky. This required some imagination in finding the best connections. A very interesting experience.
I qualify the day to be successful. I cordially greet all encountered people.
Thanks for the invitation.