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The famous Grant’s Old Fashioned whisky cocktail

The Grant’s Old Fashioned cocktail is as elegant as they come. Made famous at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel, it combines a mix of Grant’s Family Reserve with orange and Angostura bitters. Our mixologist demonstrates how this cocktail classic should be served.
Video Rating: 4 / 5

Grant’s Manhattan whisky cocktail

Our mixologist shows you how to mix the perfect Grant’s Manhattan.

How to make the classic Rusty Nail cocktail with Grant’s

This classic cocktail is a mix of Grant’s 12 Year Old whisky and Drambuie, garnished with a cinnamon stick, expertly served by our mixologist.
Video Rating: 5 / 5

Grant’s whisky US TV commercial – friends

This commercial is about the pleasure of sharing the good things in life with the people you care for.
Video Rating: 5 / 5

Frosted Grant’s whisky cocktail

Our mixologist shows you how to mix the perfect Frosted Grant’s.
Video Rating: 5 / 5

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Article by mario oreilly

Scotch whisky Grants As the whisky industry continues to consolidate, the days of family-owned distiller/blenders is fast becoming a memory. William Grant & Sons is one of the few noble exceptions, proving that a family firm compete with the UDVs of this world by being as self-sufficient as possible.

Every firm uses its own malts as the core of its blends: Grant’s can draw on the Dufftown triumvirate of Glenfiddich, Balvenie and Kininvie, although it still buys 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 need to keep as many of the fillings in-house was the rationale behind building Kininvie in 1990. Constructing a new distillery is always a slightly nervy experience, as you can never be 100 per cent certain how the malt will turn out, how it will mature or how it will behave in a blend. Thankfully, Grant’s ever-modest master blender David Stewart is happy with Kininvie’s performance so far. ‘We built it to give us a fruity note for the blends,’ he explains. ‘I’ve been using it in Family Reserve for the past four years and eventually it may end up in the 12-year-old, though we still don’t know what a 12-year-old Kininvie will be like’.

Kininvie’s arrival doesn’t mean the malts it replaces are immediately taken out of the blend, as the process is a gradual one involving constant balancing and rebalancing of flavours and components in the blends. What is certain is that Kininvie won’t disturb the graceful, sweet and complex Grant’s style; wherein David uses the clean, quick-maturing Girvan grain as a platform for some powerful interplay between the malts.

While the Dufftown core remains the same in the Grant’s range, he uses lighter malts in Clan McGregor and Family Reserve, and meatier players such as Cragganmore, Highland Park and The Macallan in older blends. ‘There may 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 One of the most famous families in whisky, the Grants had already built their Glenfiddich distillery three years prior to the launch of their blend – originally Standfast, now Family Reserve.

TASTING NOTES

Grant’s Family ReserveA fragrant nose, mixing honey/lime blossom, pear and light smoke. Very soft toffee/vanilla start before a good, subtle interplay between malt and grain, and a crisp and deliciously nutty finish.

Grant’s Whisky – Nick Nairn cooking with Ale Cask

Scottish celebrity chef Nick Nairn shows you how to cook collops of beef with Grant’s Ale Cask Whisky and mushroom cream, served with wilted spinach and crushed tatties. Plus until 31st October 2010 you could win the chance to see Nick cook you Christmas lunch live – visit the Whisky Bar Exclusive After Hours and enter today Nick Nairn is a Grant’s After Hours Club ambassador and you can find out more about Nick along with tips and competitions from him and our other ambassadors. Why not explore the club at grantswhisky/afterhours

whisky review 115 – Grant’s Family Reserve (Blended Scotch)

…. A big selling Whisky in many Countries around the World.
Video Rating: 4 / 5

Grant’s whisky US TV commercial – workmates

This commercial is about the pleasure of making something by hand. It features the craftsmen who make Grant’s whisky. It is set in the Scottish distillery and shows the Master Blender blending the whisky and the barrel makers skilfully working with the wood that makes the oak whisky barrels.

A short introduction to the world of Grant’s whisky

Our global ambassador Ludo Ducrocq gives a short introduction to the history behind Scotland’s oldest family blend. He also shows you how to ‘nose’ a dram of Grant’s. We’d like to say a big thank you to DJ Sonny who provided the music, and Jason, Alain and the rest of the Fine Young Man Production crew for the footage.