Scotch - Blended

Grand Macnish 15yr Sherry Cask Aged Blended Scotch Whisky

From: Scotland Liquor Review Category: Blended Scotch

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San Francisco World Spirits Competition

  • 2013
  • 2014

Beverage Testing Institute

  • 2013

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Grand Macnish 15yr Sherry Cask is aged in barrels previously holding Spanish sherry, giving the scotch a darker color and rich, wine overtones than more traditional oak-aged whisky. The blend itself is from 30 different Highland and Speyside single malts (according to the press release). 

Grand Macnish is named for Robert McNish who founded a blend in 1863 to be approachable and differentiated in the whisky market; the original blend is said to be composed of over 40 individual whiskies. The brand was family owned until 1927 when it was purchased by Corby Distilleries. The label was then eventually sold to MacDuff International in 1991. The "grand" in the title was an approbation from Robert McNish's friends in describing the fine quality of the scotch... the "a" in Macnish was inserted as a marketing effort to improve pronunciation in the rest of the international markets unused to the Scottish brogue.

MacDuff International was founded in Glasgow, Scotland in 1992 by Stewart MacDuff (who presumably lends his name to the company), Charles Murray, and Ted Thomson--themselves all veterans of the scotch industry. The company was formed to produce blends with the "personal touch" that were an homage to the heritage of Scotland. 

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