December saw the launch of a new online fly fishing magazine: "Fly Fishing Tails" at www.flyfishingtails.co.za, exquisite layout and a whisky article by Wild about Whisky. http://www.reachdigireader.co.za/reader/index.php?issueid=311#/16
Solid and baronial, Glen Grant Distillery on Speyside, was built in 1840 from red sandstone and boasts a pair of pepperpot turrets and although the distillery has been substantially extended, many of the original buildings remain, clustered around the Grants' nineteenth- century house with its turrets, gables and courtyard.
In 2008, reconstruction took place with Major Grant's Coachmans House being converted into the new visitor centre.
Interestingly, in the late 1970's, an Italian visitor persuaded the then owners, Seagrams, to sell him some cases of Glen Grant 5 year-old, which went on to become Italy's biggest-selling brand of Scotch.
It is no coincindence that the current owners are the Italian Campari drinks group and that Glen Grant is now one of the top five best-selling malts in the world.
GLEN GRANT THE MAJOR'S RESERVE SINGLE MALT 43%
This single malt is aged for around 7 years.
On the nose this dram is all vanilla and barley.
The palate offers, icing sugar, vanilla and then pepper and spice with a distinct Chardonnay finish.
Spend time with this young dram, a genuine value-for-money whisky.
Add a dash of water, leave for ten minutes and then relish the vanilla development to toffee and butterscotch.
Sip this whisky with a mature cheddar...this combination will rock anybody's world! 81
GLEN GRANT 10YEARS OLD SINGLE MALT 40%
Icing-coated barley with stewed pears drizzled with honey on the nose.
Vanilla hits the tongue first, then powerful cereal notes, biscuity with a maritime twist of salt, drying quickly on the finish.
Pairs beautifully with a creme brulee. 82
GLEN GRANT 16 YEARS OLD SINGLE MALT 43%
Mmmmm, yummy!...Granny Smith's apple crumble, lemon sorbet and a vanilla dusting makes for a dessert nose that is astonishingly moreish.
Vanilla and lemon initially on the palate, then the salt and the quick, dry finish.
An impressive Glen Grant that would go down well with a lemon sorbet or a Shautany lemon vanilla truffle. 88