My knowledge of scotch whiskey – what I think of when I hear the words or notice it on a menu or on a shelf at the liquor store — comes from Ron Burgundy, the lovable and arrogant protagonist of Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. “I love scotch. Scotchy, scotch scotch. Here it goes down, down into my
So, I was unprepared for my first rendezvous with Glenfiddich Single Malt Scotch Whiskey, simply following Burgundy’s love of the elusive nectar and his nightly plea for San Diego residents to “stay classy.”
I went with my classiest highball glass and watched as the golden, amber glow poured from the bottle and filled the 8-ounce tumbler halfway. After the first sip, I knew instantly that this potent liquor wasn’t for rowdy college kids and folks who will drink almost anything as long as it quickly and cheaply gets them good and drunk. It’s not a party-til-dawn drink but a relaxing, after-a-long-day-of-work drink, a sipping drink, a drink to enjoy.
It has a clean quality, with a hint of honey and oak, and a traditional quality, as if I could smell, taste and feel when it first ran from the stills in Scotland on Christmas Day 1887. As part Scottish, I felt a connection to my birthright as I sat back and let the liquid ease the tension from a long day and soothe my troubles away.
This drink is not for the weak. It is strong bodied, full of flavor, with a smooth and very clean finish – trademarks of good booze and a good man. There’s something classy and old school about drinking it – like you’re a character on “Mad Men.” It made me feel sophisticated and upscale while providing me time to relax and enjoy the evening. — Kate Vendetta
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 fourth largest blended Scotch Grant’s® as well as other iconic spirits brands such as Hendrick’s® Gin, Sailor Jerry® Spiced Navy Rum, and the award-winning Milagro® Tequila.
Among the most recent accolades for the well-awarded company, William Grant & Sons was honored as the “Distiller of the Year” for the fourth time in five years by the prestigious International Spirits Challenge.
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, Milagro Tequila, Stolichnaya Vodka, Frangelico Hazelnut Liqueur, Grant’s, Clan MacGregor, Reyka Vodka, Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur, Galliano, Lillet, Licor 43, The Knot and BOLS cordials. The company has offices inNew York City (sales and marketing) and Edison, NJ (bottling and warehouse facilities). For more information on the company and its brands, please visit www.grantusa.com