Glen Grant 12 Year
Glen Grant // Speyside, Scotland
Glen Grant 12 debuted in a handful of U.S. markets in June 2016, with a nationwide release slated for 2017. The release was made partially in honor of the 55 years that master distiller Dennis Malcolm has spent in the industry. It's also said to show off the unique-to-Speyside Glen Grant process, with water-cooling purifiers used on both of the distillation runs, allowing only the lightest vapors through. An 18 year-old is being rolled out as well, along with revamped labeling and logos for the entire portfolio.
Single MaltDistilled in pot stills from 100% malted barley, produced at one distillery, aged in barrels; if Scotch or Irish, must be aged for at least three years.
"The nose offers honey, hay, and floral notes, along with apples and stone fruit. The palate begins soft then shows a richer sweetness, with clover honey as well as canned peach syrup. There's also vanilla, and a light nuttiness. Smooth and easy all the way through, leading to a short finish with more fruit and bright honey."