Grant’s whisky, an introduction Ludo styleon May 27 in Blended whisky, Pictures by James
3 months have passed since I tumbled down that rabbit hole into this fascinating whisky wonderland. As each day passes I feel it is more and more important to encourage others to embark on their very own expeditions of whisky discovery. It has been quite a journey so far, meeting Ludo Ducrocq helped reinforce that I was heading in the right direction and treading a good path.
Ludo is the global ambassador for Grant’s. The entire Grant’s story is a long and fascinating one and to summarise it feels somewhat disrespectful. In very simple but incredibly important terms, at the core of this story lies the feeling of “being passionate about the whisky”. A very strong foundation on which a whisky legacy has been built. It still stands strong today, the care and craftsmanship remaining unchanged.
Ludo’s passion for whisky and the Grant’s story is as grand as his title suggests. It was amazing and inspirational to me, meeting someone who just “gets” why we enjoy whisky. Someone so willing and enthusiastic to help you understand, is a refreshing change to the pretentious trap of shite so many seem to fall into far too willingly.
So on to the whisky. From the family reserve, to the ale cask, to the sherry cask to the 12 and the 18, finishing at the 25. I am not going to review any on this particular ramble but I can most certainly confirm that all are an exceptional expression of that Grant’s passion. It was very interesting to see how each whisky was very individual yet had a sense of familiarity. The 18 literally blew my cowboy boots off. Please check back soon for the individual reviews.
What is there to conclude? Well after experiencing this one-on-one tasting experience with Ludo, I am confident that even the most stubborn “blended whisky basher” would find it incredibly hard to argue with what Grant’s has achieved from 1887 to present day. The current range is exceptionally well balanced, rounded and most importantly accessible to all.
Dan and I would like to say a BIG thank you to Ludo and Becky for making this happen.
Also a thank you to the Albannach whisky bar located on Trafalgar Square in London. The cost of a wild turkey was however certainly wild!