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Visit at William Grant & Sons

Visit at William Grant & Sons

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Dufftown, Scotland, September 2013.

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In September I had the pleasure to participate in trip to Dufftown, Scotland organized by Grant’s.
Today, the relation from the visit.

After reaching the place we were accommodated near Dufftown in Craigellachie Hotel. Very charming place decorated in a classic Scottish style.

Craigellachie Hotel

Craigellachie Hotel

Craigellachie Hotel

Craigellachie Hotel

Craigellachie Hotel

Craigellachie Hotel

An important ingredient of all varieties of Grant’s blended whisky is Glenfiddich, so visit to the distillery was essential. There is no exaggeration to say that the greater part of estates near Dufftown belong to William Grant & Sons with Glenfiddich at the helm. Distillery with its pagodas calls from the distance.

Glenfiddich Distillery

Glenfiddich Distillery

Glenfiddich Distillery

Glenfiddich Distillery

Glenfiddich Distillery

Glenfiddich Distillery

Glenfiddich Distillery fot. Karolina Mikiewicz

Glenfiddich Distillery fot. Karolina Mikiewicz

Visiting the distillery began with the film illustrating the origins of the company and showing great moments of its development. Then we learned in detail the production process at all stages.

I looked closer to the famous Solera Vat, where e.g. Glenfiddich 15 years old is finished. Solera Vat is a large wooden barrel, or rather tank (due to size). It is always filled with at least a third, in order to preserve a constant product characteristics when marrying whisky (marrying – mixing a bigger amount of single malt before bottling). The process increases the complexity and enriches whisky, makes it more multi-layered. Recently distillery added some new ones Solera Vats, that indicates the production is constantly increasing. Well, Glenfiddich can be found in almost every corner of the world and demand is still growing. Unfortunately I have no photos of Solera Vat.

Glenfiddich Distillery

Glenfiddich Distillery

Glenfiddich Distillery

Glenfiddich Distillery

Glenfiddich Distillery

Glenfiddich Distillery

Glenfiddich Distillery

Glenfiddich Distillery

Wiliam Grant & Sons fot. Karolina Mikiewicz

Wiliam Grant & Sons fot. Karolina Mikiewicz

Wiliam Grant & Sons fot. Karolina Mikiewicz

Wiliam Grant & Sons fot. Karolina Mikiewicz

Wiliam Grant & Sons fot. Karolina Mikiewicz

Wiliam Grant & Sons fot. Karolina Mikiewicz

Glenfiddich Distillery

Glenfiddich Distillery

Wiliam Grant & Sons is one of the few companies that has its own cooperage workshop. It is located a few minutes from Glenfiddich, next to the Balvenie distillery, owned by the same group.

Balvenie Distillery

Balvenie Distillery

William Grant & Sons

William Grant & Sons

William Grant & Sons

William Grant & Sons

William Grant & Sons

William Grant & Sons

William Grant & Sons

William Grant & Sons

It wouldn’t do without tasting different versions of Grant’s, which was conducted by Grant’s a Global Brand Ambassador Ludovic Ducrocq and Brand Ambassador Mateusz Zabiegaj. 12 years old and 25 years old were most suited to my nostrils and palate. But it is also worth to mention sherry and ale finishes. They were very interesting, giving richer tasting experience. I’ve also never tasted whisky aged in beer casks before.

William Grant & Sons

William Grant & Sons

William Grant & Sons

William Grant & Sons

William Grant & Sons

William Grant & Sons

Wiliam Grant & Sons fot. Karolina Mikiewicz

Wiliam Grant & Sons fot. Karolina Mikiewicz

Wiliam Grant & Sons fot. Karolina Mikiewicz

Wiliam Grant & Sons fot. Karolina Mikiewicz

Wiliam Grant & Sons fot. Karolina Mikiewicz

Wiliam Grant & Sons fot. Karolina Mikiewicz

In the afternoon, it was possible to empathize with the Scottish climate and lean out a glass at The Quaich Bar – whisky bar located at The Craigellachie Hotel. The bar offers a large and diverse range of single malts.

Craigellachie Hotel

Craigellachie Hotel

The Quaich Bar - Craigellachie Hotel

The Quaich Bar – Craigellachie Hotel

The Quaich Bar - Craigellachie Hotel

The Quaich Bar – Craigellachie Hotel

Despite the busy schedule there was still time for in-depth discussions of whisky with Master Blender Brian Kinsman.

Wiliam Grant & Sons fot. Karolina Mikiewicz

Wiliam Grant & Sons fot. Karolina Mikiewicz

Also during the dinner, there was a pleasant atmosphere.

Wiliam Grant & Sons fot. Karolina Mikiewicz

Wiliam Grant & Sons fot. Karolina Mikiewicz

At night, time came for the walk to the Craigellachie Bridge over the River Spey. Beautiful place.

Craigellachie Bridge fot. Karolina Mikiewicz

Craigellachie Bridge fot. Karolina Mikiewicz

Craigellachie Bridge fot. Karolina Mikiewicz

Craigellachie Bridge fot. Karolina Mikiewicz

In the next post I will write about classes in Grant’s Blending Room.


Komentarze (8)

  1. Grzegorz Nowicki

    5 December 2013 / 20:13

    Na pewno nie jest to moja ulubiona whisky ale hala z alembikami jest jedną z piękniejszych jakie widziałem. Bardzo ładne zdjęcia.

    Reply
    • LukLovesWhisky

      8 December 2013 / 20:27

      Rzeczywiście robi wrażenie. Ciekawa jest też różnorodność zastosowanych alembików.

      Reply
  2. Rafał

    24 January 2014 / 14:07

    Świetny fotoreportaż oddający klimat miejsc. Rewelacja. Pozdrawiam.

    Reply
  3. Komtur

    12 July 2014 / 13:48

    Fajne fotki i ciekawy reportaż. Ciekawe tylko jak udało Ci się załatwić taki wyjazd 🙂

    Reply
    • LukLovesWhisky

      27 July 2014 / 19:34

      Dziękuję. Na ten wyjazd zostałem zaproszony. Pozdrowienia.

      Reply
  4. tomek michalski

    23 December 2014 / 08:50

    Speyside cooperage nie należy do grantsa…. Oni zaopatrują wszystkie okoliczne destylarnie i koncerny.

    Reply
    • LukLovesWhisky

      23 December 2014 / 13:06

      Cześć. W tym tekście nie pisałem o znajdującym się w pobliżu Speyside Cooperage, który tak jak zauważyłeś nie należy do Grantsów. Wspomniałem o zakładzie bednarskim, który jest obok Balvenie, a ten z kolei jest własnością William Grant & Sons. Pozdrowienia.

      Reply
  5. Tomi

    18 July 2016 / 21:29

    Dzięki za reportaż, chciałem się dowiedzieć czegoś o rodzinnym biznesie Grantsów i zaspokoiłeś moją ciekawość. Szkoda, że nie ma więcej informacji, jak oni sami żyją i jak wyglądają.

    Reply

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