NEW YORK, Nov. 12, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- William Grant & Sons, the independent family owned spirits company, is thrilled to announce the launch of Grant's Ale Cask Finish Blended Whisky, the only blended Scotch whisky available in the US finished for up to four months in barrels that have previously held ale.
Created by the Grant's blending team, led by renowned Master Blender, Brian Kinsman, together with a small Scottish brewing company, the ale casks give the whisky a distinctively creamy, malty and honeyed taste. The inspiration behind the blend was derived from Kinsman's observation that whisky lovers enjoyed pairing a pint alongside their Scotch whisky. The team decided to marry the two flavors in a blend and brokered a partnership with a local brewing company to develop the first ever ale cask finish whisky.
Grant's Master Blender Brian Kinsman commented, "I thoroughly enjoy working with different finishes on our blended whiskies – it's a fascinating process to monitor the evolution as the casks work their magic on the liquid. We have the end result in mind as we craft all our whiskies, but there is something special about adding the final touch with an interesting finish. The resulting flavor of the whisky is so reminiscent of the liquid previously held in the cask, it takes the drinker's palate on a really remarkable journey."
Rob Allanson, Grant's Global Brand Ambassador said, "The Grant's Ale Cask truly demonstrates our innovation pedigree and blending skills that have been handed down through generations of Master Blenders. No other blended Scotch available on the market has been finished in ale casks, and we're proud to be known as the makers of such a unique, award-winning whisky."
Grant's Ale Cask Finish won a silver medal at the recent Global Scotch Whisky Masters 2015. It will be available in select local markets in a 750ml bottle with an ABV of 40%. Recommended MSRP is $19.99.
Tasting notes for Grant's Ale Cask Finish
Nose: Clean and fresh, with creamy maltiness. Subtle elderflower and heather.
Palate: Maple syrup, red apples and honey. Hints of oak in the background.
Finish: Long, fresh with bags of fruit notes and hints of citrus.
Tasting Video: https://www.grantswhisky.com/en-gb/our-blends/grants-ale-cask-finish/
They say no man grows great alone. And at Grant's we know this better than anyone. It all began back in 1887 when William Grant, his seven sons and two daughters began building their own distillery. Five generations later, the same family is still at the heart of everything we do. Today, we sell over 54 million bottles each year in over 180 countries, which make us one of the world's most enjoyed whiskies. But we didn't get here on our own. It's taken years of passion, hard work and independent thinking. The expert skills of the dedicated craftsmen making our award-winning whisky now are staying true to a 100-year-old recipe. And we are still working with people around the world to innovate and grow the Grant's range, while never forgetting our heritage roots. Stand together. Drink Grant's responsibly.
ABOUT WILLIAM GRANT & SONS
William Grant & Sons, Ltd. is an independent family-owned distiller headquartered in the United Kingdom and founded by William Grant in 1887. Today, the luxury spirits company is run by the fifth generation of his family and distills some of the world's leading brands of Scotch whisky, including the world's most awarded single malt Glenfiddich®, The Balvenie® range of handcrafted single malts and the world's third largest blended Scotch Grant's® along with iconic premium spirits brands Hendrick's® Gin, Sailor Jerry® Rum, Tullamore D.E.W. ® Irish Whiskey and Milagro® Tequila.
William Grant & Sons has been honored as "Distiller of the Year" by the prestigious International Wine & Spirit Competition and International Spirits Challenge eleven times over the past 15 years, and most recently named "International Spirits Producer of the Year" by the IWSC in 2014.
Founded in 1964, William Grant & Sons USA is a wholly-owned subsidiary of William Grant & Sons, Ltd. and features one of the fastest growing spirits portfolios in the USA with brands including Glenfiddich, The Balvenie, Hendrick's Gin, Sailor Jerry Rum, Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey, Milagro Tequila, Flor de Caña, Drambuie, Grant's, Hudson Whiskey, Gibson's Finest, Monkey Shoulder, Clan MacGregor, Reyka Vodka, Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur, Montelobos Mezcal, Ancho Reyes Chile Liqueur, Lillet, Art In The Age, The Knot, and Raynal French Brandy. For more information on the company and its brands, please visit www.grantusa.com.
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