In the heart of Speyside, The Glen Grant Single Malt Scotch Whisky has once again captured the essence of its rich history and adventurous spirit with the unveiling of The Visionary, a truly exceptional release set to make waves in the world of whisky enthusiasts. This one-of-a-kind 68-year-old single malt, housed in a magnificent Victoriana-influenced design, is an ode to the legacy of James ‘The Major’ Grant and his unwavering commitment to nature and exploration.
The story behind The Visionary is as captivating as the whisky itself. ‘The Major,’ inspired by his worldly travels, collected exotic plants and flowers during his explorations. These botanical treasures found a home in his beloved 27-acre Garden of Splendours, a place that echoed with the spirit of adventure and discovery. This whisky, a rare 68-year-old expression, pays homage to ‘The Major’s’ passion, his vision, and his dedication to the preservation of nature.
The innovation behind The Visionary extends beyond its age statement. The hand-blown battuto-cut magnum decanter, a first for The Glen Grant, draws inspiration from the vessels that once held ‘The Major’s’ botanical discoveries. The decanter, suspended within a period-inspired presentation case reminiscent of Victorian travel trunks, is a work of art that encapsulates the spirit of a bygone era.
The attention to detail is further evident in the precious stone Malachite stopper and base, reflecting the influence of copper. This nod to the distillery’s taller-necked copper stills, known for capturing a finer, gentler spirit, adds a layer of significance to the presentation. The result is a whisky that not only tantalizes the taste buds but also engages the senses through its visual and tactile elements.
As we delve into the tasting notes of this rare expression, we discover a symphony of flavors that unfold with each sip. The Autumn gold hue, reminiscent of leaves in the Gardens of Splendours, sets the stage for a sensory journey. The aroma, a delicate dance of ripe orchard fruits, buttery toffee, and a whisper of smoke, invites you to explore further.
On the palate, The Visionary offers a perfect balance of fruity vanilla, sweet Sherry, and toffee – a hommage to the meticulous craftsmanship that went into maturing this whisky in a single sherry cask (number 835) since 1955. The finish, long and robust, leaves a lasting impression with sweet dried fruits, a touch of spice, and a gentle smokiness that lingers on the palate.
Beyond its exquisite taste and presentation, The Visionary stands as a symbol of generosity and social responsibility. All proceeds from the upcoming Distillers One of One Auction, where this exceptional release will be featured, will be donated to The Distillers’ Charity. This charity, through its Youth Action Fund, is dedicated to transforming the lives of young people in Scotland by providing them with the knowledge, confidence, resilience, and skills needed for a successful future.
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