GLEN GRANT LAUNCHES LIMITED EDITION 25 YEAR OLD WHISKY – Glen Grant Sunday – Scotch Whisky News

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GLEN GRANT LAUNCHES LIMITED EDITION 25 YEAR OLD WHISKY

Famous Scottish distiller introduces an exceptional sherry single cask whisky especially for connoisseurs

Iconic Scottish distiller, Glen Grant, famed for its easy drinking portfolio of Single Malts, has created a new, highly desirable 25 Year Old expression which will be available exclusively in France and Duty Free stores in Asia from June 2011 (Whisky Intelligence is catching up…).

The unique new edition first debuted at Whisky Live Paris in 2010, where it became an instant hit with trade and consumers alike, inspiring Glen Grant’s Master Distiller, Dennis Malcolm, to launch it to the open market in France and Asia Duty Free this year. An exclusive Limited Edition whisky, with only 800 bottles in production, the 25 Year Old Sherry Single Cask has been especially developed to meet the demands of the most discerning of whisky connoisseurs, offering a truly inimitable experience.

Boasting an intensely, rich palate with an array of deeply fruity flavors, the Limited Edition Single Malt perfectly delivers the seductively smooth taste for which Glen Grant is renowned; it features soft sultana notes, sweet Oloroso Sherry aromas, inter laced with hints of heather honey and a powerful long, lingering finish. In contrast to the distillery’s customary clear, light gold single malts, the 25 year old boasts a deeper, more intense dark amber brown colour – a result of slow aging in sherry oak casks at the 170 year old distillery, where it matures over time to create a fresh and natural Single Malt Scotch whisky.

Each Glen Grant whisky is created using a time-honoured process that has been perfected over generations. Building on true family traditions, the new edition was inspired by Major Grant who every year in January would set aside approximately 10 casks of Single Malt for 25 years for his own personal use. This was to remind him that he too was only 25 years old when he took over as Master Distiller at Glen Grant following his father’s death. After 25 years he had one of the casks moved to his cave in the rocky gorge above the orchard where it continued to mature. It was from this cask that his butler Biawa would fill his decanters in the safe that was built into the rock face. It was from this safe that the Major would surprise his dinner guests during their evening stroll by giving them a dram with a drop of fresh spring water from the burn. This tradition has continued long after the Major passed away in 1931 by his Grandson Major Douglas MacKessack and still continues to this day.

Glen Grant continues to maintain the standards and innovations of the Grant family. The distilling methods of James ‘The Major’ Grant, son of founding brother James Grant, are still used to this day with unique tall slender stills and special purifiers that were developed over a century ago giving whiskies a light, fresh character – making the innovative Glen Grant whisky clearly different from any other brand.

Dennis Malcolm, Master Distiller comments on the launch: “France is one of my favourite countries in the world to visit, so it’s great to produce this limited edition, specifically for the French market. Glen Grant has a huge number of loyal fans who have been responsible for driving the Single Malt segment in France. To thank them, we wanted to offer them a new edition, which builds on the light, fruity profile that they know and love. Also, releasing this to the Asian market demonstrates our commitment to this increasingly important, as well as highly discerning, whisky market. This carefully crafted 25 Year Old is a true reflection of our utmost dedication in creating quality whiskies for whisky lovers and we hope that the intense, long lingering sherry finish will be highly appreciated by consumers.”

This welcome edition complements the 170 year old distillery’s range of exceptional quality single malts, all available in France and Asia, and each designed to appeal to an array of tastes: The Major’s Reserve single malt has a creamy, delicately fruity palate, light golden colour and nutty finish; the Ten Year Old’s rich golden barley colour accompanies its intensely fruity palate and soft, nutty finish; the 16 Year Old’s deeper, fruity flavour has been developed to appeal to whisky drinkers who prefer a more intense taste; the 1992 Cellar Reserve has mild sherry notes, with sweet, rich fruits and a fresh and fruity finish; the 170th Limited Edition boasts rich tones of ripe orchard fruits and a long, lingering finish.

Recommended to be priced at €300, the new 25 year old Single Malt will launch in France and Asia Duty Free markets at the beginning of summer 2011.

For more information go to: www.camparigroup.com and www.glengrant.com

About Glen Grant
Glen Grant became part of the Gruppo Campari portfolio in 2006. The brand is currently the world’s number 5 selling Single Malt Whisky and is an Italian icon and market leader. The Glen Grant range includes the refined Major’s Reserve, 10 Year Old, 16 Year Old, 1992 Cellar Reserve and the 170th Anniversary Limited Edition. Glen Grant was founded 170 years ago in Speyside, Scotland by former smuggling brothers John and James Grant. The unique and seductively smooth taste for which Glen Grant is renowned is the result of the innovative tall slender stills and special purifiers James ‘The Major’ Grant, son of founding brother James Grant, introduced over a century ago and that are still used to this day.

About Gruppo Campari
Davide Campari-Milano S.p.A., together with its affiliates (‘Gruppo Campari’), is a major player in the global beverage sector, trading in over 190 nations around the world with a leading position in the Italian and Brazilian markets and a strong presence in the USA and Continental Europe. The Group has an extensive portfolio that spans three business segments: spirits, wines and soft drinks. In the spirits segment its internationally renowned brands, such as Campari, Carolans, SKYY Vodka and Wild Turkey stand out. It also has leading regional brands including Aperol, Cabo Wabo, Camparisoda, Cynar, Frangelico, Glen Grant, Ouzo 12, X-Rated Fusion Liqueur, Zedda Piras and the local Brazilian brands Dreher, Old Eight and Drury’s. Its wine segment boasts the global brand Cinzano, as well as important regional brands including Liebfraumilch, Mondoro, Odessa, Riccadonna, Sella&Mosca and Teruzzi&Puthod. The soft drinks segment comprises the non-alcoholic aperitif Crodino and Lemonsoda as well as its respective line extension dominating the Italian market. The Group employs over 2,200 people. The shares of the parent company, Davide Campari-Milano S.p.A. (Reuters CPRI.MI – Bloomberg CPR IM), are listed on the Italian Stock Exchange.

Tasting Notes

25 Year Old
[43% alc. Vol)

“Boasting an intensely, rich palate with an array of deeply fruity flavours, the 25 Year Old features soft sultana notes, sweet Oloroso Sherry aromas, inter laced with hints of heather honey and a powerful long, lingering finish.”

Appearance Deep, rich dark amber brown colour
Bouquet Rich, sweet Oloroso Sherry aromas, inter laced with hints of fruit and heather honey
Palate Soft, fruity raisins and sultanas notes
Finish Smooth long and lingering with a slight hint of smoke

  1. Pierre-Edouard says:

    This Glen Grant 25YO Matured in Sherry Cask – official bottling – is truly exceptional, I had the opportunity to taste it a few weeks ago at Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild (Paris Whisky Live 2011). I know that Bar le Forum (4, boulevard Malesherbes 75008 Paris) now stocks it.

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