To say Patrick Grant is a busy man is very much an understatement, his life must be one of spinning plates and juggling responsibilities, with his E.Tautz and Norton & Sons sartorial brands, not to mention his high Street difusion range for retailer Debenhams. Then there’s his media undertakings, as a judge on the Great British Sewing bee. In amongst all of this packed diary of commitments, the Edinburgh born gentleman has managed to find the time to collaborate on a limited edition ‘blas’ with anCnoc Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
Blas, translated as ‘taste’ in Gaelic, is presented in a specially designed bottle. Grant was able to draw on his Scottish hertitage when he spent over a year designing the bespoke print, which is inspired by the brand, flavour notes of the limited edition liquid, and the time-honoured production methods used at the Knockdhu distillery.
anCnoc Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky is part of the Inver House Distillers portfolio, and is produced at Knockdhu Distillery – established in 1894 and one of the smallest and most enchanting in the Scottish Highlands. It is renowned the world over by malt enthusiasts for bringing a contemporary twist to the traditions of fine malt whisky, producing a single malt that is accessible and versatile for all occasions.
Blas is golden and honeyed n appearance. To the nose it’s densely sweet and fruity with notes of citrus fruit, including lemon and candied orange peel. But tones of bitter chocolate and vanilla add complexity and weight. To taste, Blas is full bodied and oily, leaving a lasting impression. This limited edition has been matured in American oak barrels and Spanish oak butts.
Patrick said of his experience on working with this unique distillery: “I spent a lot of time at Knockdhu not only taking in the landscape and surrounding areas, but getting to know the people that work there and the methods that they use. Everything in the print is from the hill, the village of Knock or within the distillery itself and tells the story of the making of Blas. I’ve tried to interpret anCnoc’s history and tradition in a modern way, and hope this is translated through the aesthetic of the bottle.”