Glen Grant single malt scotch whisky is one of the most overlooked brands of scotch in the United States. While it’s a top five best-selling brand in the world, for some reason, it just hasn’t been discovered here, which is really too bad.
Glen Grant makes a variety of marques at their distillery in the beautiful town of Rothes in the Speyside region of Scotland. Glen Grant is actually the oldest distillery in Rothes, dating back to 1840, and it produces a light, sweet style of single malt scotch that is perfect on warm days or as an aperitif.
Glen Grant The Major’s Reserve is a no age statement single malt scotch whisky. This means that rather than the variations that can occur with a 10 year old whisky, a marque like this focuses on being as consistent as possible. The Major’s Reserve is made with Glen Grant’s tall, slender-necked copper pot stills, which results in a light and fruity style of whisky. Peat isn’t used on this malt, so the smoky flavor that can sometimes turn people off of scotch isn’t an issue. Instead, this whisky focuses on letting the grain (barley) speak for itself with a little help from being finished in used bourbon barrels. Maturing the whisky in used bourbon barrels helps to impart more vanilla and caramel notes to the whisky, which complements the fruit notes already present in this dram.
Glen Grant The Major’s Reserve offers a delicate, golden-colored whisky with a mildly fruity and approachable bouquet. Notes of green apple, vanilla pound cake, toffee and orange marmalade are also readily identifiable in this whisky.
If you have never tried single malt scotch, look no further than Glen Grant The Major’s Reserve for a great and approachable introduction to what single malt whisky can be. It is a well-made whisky and retails for approximately $30 a bottle–prices can vary based on the state and other factors. For that price, you would be hard-pressed to find any whisky as well-made as Glen Grant, and for that reason, it’s a great introduction into the world of scotch whiskies.
If you are a more experienced scotch whisky drinker, you will appreciate the delicate flavors that won’t overpower your palate. Try this before dinner as an aperitif or perhaps as a light nightcap on a warm evening. Whatever the reason, don’t miss out on tasting this excellent and affordable single malt whisky.
Disclosure: I received a sample of this product from Glen Grant for review. No other compensation from Glen Grant was received.