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A date with Glen Grant

Nothing could be more endearing than enjoying some fine drams of Single Malt on a wintery night with some friends. It was made possible by Gruppo Campari and Aspri Spirits Pvt Ltd by coming on board for the Single Malt lovers’ club’s first meeting. They offered us to conduct a special appreciation session for Glen Grant’s 10 YO and 18YO, most appreciated and awarded Single Malts in the world. Around 15 Single Malt lovers (some already members of Malt Monks, while others desiring to join) gathered at Rajnish Bahl’s aesthetically done home in GK I, New Delhi, to mark the journey of the club. The great host that he is, Rajnish offered some delectable eats from his iconic Embassy Restaurant, Connaught Place, New Delhi.

Malt Monks is a voluntary club of Single Malt lovers who seek to explore new expressions, love to discuss about Single Malts and are eager to make new friends over a dram. The club was conceptualized by Bishan Kumar, Shalini Kumar and came into being with the help of Rajnish Bahl.

The guests were quite keen to taste Glen Grant’s range of aged Single Malt Scotch whiskies which have been taking home top honors in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible. Glen Grant 18-Year-Old, the rarest variant in the range, was named “Scotch Whisky of the Year” by influential whisky writer Jim Murray, taking home the top prize in the category for three consecutive years in a row. For this Speyside malt Jim had commented: “Once more, Scotland owes a debt of honor to the celebrated Glen Grant distillery which again displayed Speyside whisky in its most sparkling light.”

Other expressions in the range to take home top honors in the Whisky Bible include Glen Grant’s most awarded expression, the 10- Year-Old, which for the sixth consecutive year won the coveted Single Malt of the Year 10 Years and Under (Multiple Casks) category.

Industry veteran and Director of Aspri Spirits, Arun Kumar briefed the guests about Aspri Spirits and Gruppo Campari, the company which owns Glen Grant and shared the notes of Glen Grant variants. He handed over the floor to Suchana Bera, Brand Manager of Gruppo Campari who took the guests through a fascinating journey of Speyside distillery, its unique pot stills and the people behind these great whiskies. Many questions were raised by the guests and many enquiries were made about the price points and availability of these two variants. Arun Kumar and Suchana spent good time with the guests, patiently answering their queries and shared many interesting details about the brand.

Malt Monks will be announcing its next date with another Single Malt soon. Those who wish to join the club are welcome to send their names to any of us at bishan@spiritz.in, shalini@spiritz.in or bahl. rajnish@gmail.com.

We will close the membership when we reach the desired number. This is because we wish to keep a very close group of serious single malt lovers.