As the whisky industry continues to combine, the days of family-owned distiller/blenders is quick becoming a memory. William Grant & Sons is among the few noble exceptions, showing that a household firm take on the UDVs of this world by being as self-dependent as possible.Every company uses its own malts as the core of its blends: Grant’s can make use of the Dufftown set of three of Glenfiddich, Balvenie and Kininvie, although it still purchases or exchanges over 40 other malts for its blends. Grant’s also uses its own grain whisky from its distillery in Girvan, which it bottles as Black Barrel.The requirement to keep as a number of the fillings
in-house was the reasoning behind structure Kininvie in 1990. Building a new distillery is always a slightly nervy experience, as you can never ever be 100 per cent specific how the malt will turn out, how it will grow or how it will act in a blend. Thankfully, Grant’s ever-modest master blender David Stewart mores than happy with Kininvie’s performance up until now. ‘We built it to give us a fruity note for the blends,’he describes. ‘I’ve been using it in Family Reserve for the previous 4 years and eventually it may wind up in the 12-year-old, though we still don’t know what a 12-year-old Kininvie will resemble’. Kininvie’s arrival doesn’t mean the malts it changes are instantly gotten of the blend, as the process is a steady one including consistent balancing and rebalancing of flavours and elements in the blends. What is particular is that Kininvie won’t disrupt the graceful, sweet and complex Grant’s design; wherein David utilizes the tidy, quick-maturing Girvan grain as a platform for some powerful interaction in between the malts.While the Dufftown core remains the exact same in the Grant’s variety, he uses lighter malts in Clan McGregor and Household
Reserve, and meatier gamers such as Cragganmore, Highland Park and The Macallan in older blends.’ There might be more malt in the older blends,’he says, ‘but don’t underestimate the grain. It does provide flavour as well’. G RA N T’ S Among the most popular families in whisky, the Grants had actually currently developed their Glenfiddich distillery three years prior to the launch of their mix -originally Standfast, now Household Reserve.TASTING NOTES Grant’s Family Reserve An aromatic nose, mixing honey/lime blossom, pear and light smoke. Very soft toffee/vanilla start prior to a
good, subtle interaction in between malt and grain, and a crisp and deliciously nutty finish.
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