Grant’s for Poland.
In September, on the invitation of William Grant & Sons, CEDC and XRS New Media I visited Dufftown, Scotland. The heart of Speyside, perhaps the capital of Scotch whisky with many distilleries and distinctive pagodas in the landscape.
The region’s largest company is William Grant & Sons with Glenfiddich distillery in the lead.
William Grant & Sons with his Grant’s is also one of the largest producers of blended whisky in the world.
About the trip and activities related to it I will write in further posts and today in the chronological terms I am starting from the end.
After returning from Scotland, the organizers have prepared a nice surprise. I received Grant’s Master Blender’s Edition, in a nice wooden box with two Glencairns. This limited edition whisky will be available from November 2013 and interestingly was created specifically for the Polish market. Blend was prepared personally by Brian Kinsman, the sixth in the history Master Blender of William Grant & Sons.
According to the producer what distinguishes Master Blender’s Edition among the other Grant’s whisky is a higher content of single malts in blend. Grant’s Family Reserve is made up of about 25 single malts and grain whiskies. In the case of Grant’s Master Blender’s Edition Brian Kinsman used 35 different whiskies to achieve the right flavor and delicacy that characterizes this drink, despite a higher than usual percentage of alcohol (43% ABV).
Mateusz Zabiegaj Brand Ambasador of Grant’s said that: „flavors that Master Blender tried to enhance in this particular blend are primarily caramel and strong notes of spices such as vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg, closed in the warm taste of flower honey with a delicate smoke that reminds us that it is surely Scotch whisky”.
I think it is a fair description of the tasting experience which are similar to each other in the smell and taste, there is also a bit of ripe red grapes. We are dealing with relatively young blend, therefore I taste a little harshness originating from grain whisky, but it is maintained at an acceptable level and I do not mind it.
Master Blender’s Edition bottle retains its characteristic triangular shape, referring to the first triangular Grant’s whisky bottle designed in 1956 by Hans Schleger. Visible on the bottle date 1887 is the year of the start of the William Grant & Sons company.
The interesting point is that the bottles are numbered. Each holder of Grant’s Master Blender’s Edition will be able to print a certificate confirming the uniqueness of his bottle, using the application available on the Grant’s fanpage on Facebook.
I would like to thank to Mateusz Zabiegaj from William Grant & Sons, Monika Melnicka from CEDC and Maciej Komarczuk from XRS New Media, for a nice gift.