Type: Blended Scotch
Bottler: William Grant & Sons
Score: 95 points
This blend is not available at any retailer. It was created in 2012 by William Grant & Sons Master Blender Brian Kinsman from William Grant’s own original recipe found in a blending book from 1912 in the Grant archives, and even uses the egg-white filtering process common to that time period. Only 100 bottles were produced, primarily for the company archives and future Master Blenders to use as a reference, with some being used for special tastings and competitions. Thanks to Ludo DuCroq of Grant’s for generously providing me with a sample to taste.
The nose has a subtle smokiness with notes of honey, malt, oats, and fruity touches of dried orange peel and apricots. The taste is thick and oily, sweet and smoky with banana, honey, pepper, fresh berries, and a hint of pipe tobacco. The finish is long, smooth, and sweet with a gentle kiss of peat smoke. Outstanding! (June, 2013)