Speyside

Glen Grant The Major’s Reserve

Glen Grant The Major’s Reserve

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What they say

This whisky is named after James ‘The Major’ Grant, a man who inherited the distillery in 1872 from his father and uncle who founded Glen Grant in 1840. The stills at Glen Grant are unusually tall copper pot-stills equipped with purifiers. It is the only distillery using purifiers in both wash and spirit distillations ensuring that only purest vapor is allowed to pass from the still to the condenser. This therefore creates a fresh, and light whisky, a signature of Glen Grant whiskies. The Major was the innovator fascinated by technology and it was he who introduced these stills.

What I say

Today we celebrate our 8th Birthday here at http://www.thewhiskyphiles.com. A quick calculation puts us roughly at 1 review every 1.5 days and still going strong! Perhaps one major omission in all this time is I haven’t reviewed an officially bottled Glen Grant. And guess what by the time I’ve gotten to reviewing this one it is now obsolete and replaced by their Arboralis NAS expression. Anyhow popular in French Supermarkets as a single malt scotch whisky normally available for under €18!

  • ABV 40%
  • Age NAS
  • Bottler Glen Grant
  • Bottling Official
  • Cask Bourbon casks
  • Category Single Malt Whisky
  • Cost £20
  • Origin Glen Grant Distillery
  • Outturn n/a
  • Region Speyside
  • Released n/a
  • Vintage n/a

My tasting notes:

  • Appearance Yellow gold (7/20), medium-large tears and thick legs.
  • Nose Fresh and floral, sweet, cereal, lemon citrus, lemon puff biscuits, Farley’s Rusks, zesty green apple, wood polish, some pear, banana and mandarin orange, vanilla, a little custard.
  • Taste Light-bodied, clean and refreshing, buttery, malted barley, cereal, touch of hay, some zesty lemon drizzle icing, vanilla, creme anglais, hazelnut puree, gentle white pepper spice.
  • Finish Medium, sweet, some zesty citrus fizz and dry oak, then lemon barley sugars.
  • Overall Light, creamy and buttery, full of fresh apples, lemon, vanilla and hazelnut – does exactly what it says on the tin. A delicious light Speyside single malt at a bargain price.

Score 82/100

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