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13 Oct 2012

Grant’s Stand Fast

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in * News

Grant's whiskyNot a new story, but still a nice one for the weekend. Interesting video too.

 

Grant's Stand Fast - old and newIn 1898 William Grant, who built Glenfiddich distillery a decade before, took over Pattison’s, the largest whisky blender at that time. He created the Grant’s blended whisky which is nowadays the fourth largest brand of blended Scotch. You can tell it’s related to Glenfiddich as they share the typical triangular bottle, introduced in 1957.

Earlier this year Paul Kendall, archivist of the Grant’s family, discovered a book which contained the recipe of Grant’s Stand Fast, written down on 11th of June 1912. To celebrate this 100 years old recipe, current Master Blender Brian Kinsman re-created it and bottled 100 bottles.

The original recipe contained 6-7yo Glenfiddich, 6-15yo Balvenie, one cask of 9yo Highland Park and a couple of casks from different grain distilleries like Cambus, North British and Port Dundas.

 

By the way, all 100 bottles will be archived, none of them will be sold. Instead I’ll try the standard Grant’s blend in the near future. It never hurts to keep things in perspective and try some of the basic stuff.

 

Grant’s Stand Fast Ruben Luyten 2012-10-13
  • http://www.whiskyisrael.co.il Gal(WhiskyIsrael)

    also very interesting as a whisky to taste. i had the opportunity to try a wee sample should post my notes this week.

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