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Thanks to a unique Facebook contest, my friends and I won a Glen Grant tasting early 2011. I took a sample of each whisky that was poured and will try them properly now. Let us start with the Major’s Reserve, Glen Grant’s entry level NAS-bottling, named after James Grant. He is of the second generation and passed away in 1931. He had the nickname The Major, was very well travelled and brought back plants and flowers from all corners of the world, thus creating the famous botanical garden at the Glen Grant distillery. The Major’s Reserve is very light and friendly and matured on ex-bourbon casks.
The nose is fresh, fruity and very soft. Clearly young and somewhat malty. Yeast, too. The fruit consists of apples and pears. Hints of vanilla. Absolutely devoid of any other spice. After a few moments, coconut emerges. Nice.
The attack is rather light, almost watery, but soon displays some character. Again white fruit, but now with soft spices and clear hints of vanilla. A bit floral too. Very clean.
The soft finish, on apples (skin included), is rather short.
Admitted, this is a very easy dram, but there is nothing wrong wit hit. A bargain with a price tag of less than 20 EUR.