Wm Grant & Sons is the number three producer of Scotch whisky. The company owns four malt distilleries (Glenfiddich, Balvenie, Kininvie and Ailsa Bay) and one grain distillery (Girvan).
Grant’s blended whisky debuted in the late 19th Century. In 1904 the Grants opened office in Glasgow and within the next 10 years they had established over 60 agencies in 30 different countries. Today Grant’s is the third best selling Scotch whisky brand (behind Johnnie Walker and Ballantine’s) with annual sales of over 4.5 million cases. We estimate that the bottle presented here comes from the 1980s. The formula of Grant’s 18 years old was always built around Balvenie and Glenfiddich; those days the other key components included Ardmore, Craigellachie, Glen Garioch, Laphroaig and Bowmore.
Nose: distinctive sherry notes, honey, vanilla, mixed berries marmalade, prunes, buttered toast, oranges, milk chocolate and peat smoke in the background.
Palate: raisins, prunes, black cherries, honey-roasted almonds, caramel, gingerbread cookies, nutmeg, dash of pepper and peat.
Finish: long with notes of vanilla, dark chocolate, dried fruit, nutmeg, oak and distant whiffs of smoke.