19 October 2016

Whisky highlights | Wine o’clock

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Michael Ganne

Par Michael Ganne

Michael Ganne is originally from the Médoc region of Bordeaux and naturally chose to dedicate himself to the wine business. Yet his unswerving taste for novelty spans beyond the great Bordeaux wines…

William Grant & Sons, a spirited family

 

William Grant & Sons is one of the last companies still to be held by the family who founded it (in 1887) and one of the twenty distilleries established in the 19th century still to be operative today.

It probably is the first distillery to have released an official bottling for single malt, in 1963. A total success and the beginning of an amazing breakthrough strongly supported by efficient marketing.

Today, William Grant & Sons count six distilleries including Glenfiddich and the Balvenie of which we are pleased to offer 4 magnificent masterpieces.

Note that the now silent distillery of Ladyburn was part of the company.

 

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Glenfiddich, best dram in the valley

Historically, the first of the Grant Family distilleries, it surely is one of the best known brands of single malt whisky.

Easily recognizable by its triangular bottle that was designed in 1957 to distinguish it from other whisky bottles and with a production capacity of more than 10,000,000 litres it could easily be seen as a simple whisky factory. It will be without acknowledging more than 130 years of savoir-faire !

 

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The Balvenie, pure gold…

 

Built in 1892 nearby the Glenfiddich distillery by Grant ; it produces delectable whiskies quite different from it’s elders.

Since 1973 and its first official bottling, The Balvenie has resolutely guarded its brand and thus, independant bottlings are almost nonexistent. Making each bottle of Balvenie the purest expression of its makers wish.

 

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Ladyburn, a wee bit of a Scottish ghost

 

Originally added to a complex located in Girvan and destined to produce whisky for the Grant’s blend, this distillery has been active for only nine years (1966-1975) and may have had the shortest duration in Scot distilleries’ history !

Per chance, a few single malt whiskies have been bottled and their known quality, added to their rarity, really make them worth the chase.

William Grant & Sons is one of the last companies still to be held by the family who founded it (in 1887) and one of the twenty distilleries established in the 19th century still to be operative today.

It probably is the first distillery to have released an official bottling for single malt, in 1963. A total success and the beginning of an amazing breakthrough strongly supported by efficient marketing.

Today, William Grant & Sons count six distilleries including Glenfiddich and the Balvenie of which we are pleased to offer 4 magnificent masterpieces.

Note that the now silent distillery of Ladyburn was part of the company.

 

 

woc5-lot26-a_ladyburn-web

 

 

Contemplate and meditate on how old these venerable beverages are, consider how few bottles have been released and appreciate their rarity.

Watch out, it is almost Wine o’clock !

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