Have you’ve ever wondered what happens behind the scenes when a great whisky from a famous distiller is tasted?
Then wonder no more.
You can now join Grant’s Master Blender, Brian Kinsman, for a mini-master class on whisky tasting. As befitting a Master Blender he has had to follow a 10 year apprenticeship before he could become Grant’s Master Blender. Only the sixth since the inception of the company in 1887.
Brian and his team judge each individual spirit, including the final blend, solely by its aroma, known as ‘nosing’.
To ‘nose’ a whisky, the spirit is first mixed 50/50 with water. This reduces the amount of alcohol vapour. The liquid is then swirled around a tulip-shaped glass to release its full, true flavour.
Why a tulip glass?
Well the narrow top of the glass helps concentrate the flavour as the aroma is breathed in.
This dedication to quality and detail has helped Grant’s whiskies win over 50 medals including the 2008 and 2009 Distiller of the Year. And thats only in the last three years!
In 2010, they have notched up three gold medals at the International Wine and Spirit competition (IWS) and two golds at the International Spirits competition (ISC).
Take a look athe video and you’ll see the passion and commitment that has gone into making Grant’s whiskies a richer, more rewarding experience.