About William Grant 21 Year Old Rare Cask Reserves ‘Fior’
Born in December 1839, William Grant became a cattle herder at the age of 7 to supplement his family’s income. As a teenager, Grant apprenticed as a cobbler and a clerk, and in 1866, he joined Mortlach Distillery as a bookkeeper. For the next two decades, Grant managed the affairs at the distillery, while secretly learning the art of distillation. In 1886, he resigned from his position as distillery manager and, together with his seven sons, two daughters, and one sporadically working stonemason, built his family distillery in Scotland.
William Grant & Sons is now a behemoth, home to several successful labels. From their unique Ghosted Reserve series comes this incredible ‘Fior’ 21YO blended malt. A compilation of 3 malts hailing from the shuttered Inverleven, Ladyburn, and Dumbarton ‘ghost’ distilleries which closed long ago.
The Inverleven distillery was established by Hiram Walker & Sons in 1938, and they were known for the production of single malts. The distillery closed in 1991. Nearby to the town of Dumbarton, the water used in production at Inverleven was drawn from the Loch Lomond.
Founded by William Grant & Sons in 1966, Ladyburn distillery was situated to the south west of Glasgow, just outside of the Ayrshire town of Girvan. The distillery only remained open for nine years until 1975. Ladyburn was built adjunct to the Girvan single grain plant (constructed in 1963).
This expression is the second release in William Grant’s Ghosted Rare Cask Reserve series, comprised of some incredibly exclusive malts. This whisky gets its refreshing fruit notes from its Dumbarton grain elements, its light oaky, floral notes from Inverleven, and it’s robust, full-bodied profile from Ladyburn.
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Scotch is the most popular whisky in the world and is considered the king of them all! There are five whisky regions in Scotland (six if you count the not officially recognized Islands), and each of them produces spirits with unique properties and distinct tasting notes. (The type of grain used determents the type of the scotch.)
Malt whisky is made of malted barley, and grain whisky uses other grains like corn or wheat. Most of the time, a whisky is blended from different distilleries hence the name blended scotch, but if a malt whisky is produced in a single distillery, we get something extraordinary called a single malt.