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Time for some extra Glen Grant


 

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October 8, 2022


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Angus’s Nook
From our correspondent and
expert taster Angus MacRaild in Scotland
Angus  
Time for some extra Glen Grant
When you’ve paid any consideration to even a number of the numerous opinions I’ve typed into the web over time, you will doubtless know that Glen Grant is well in my prime 5 distilleries. I am keen on it. The attraction of that outdated highlander label, the actual fact its distillate was lauded early on as one in every of ‘the’ greats. It is historic significance to the rise of single malt appreciation.

 

The truth that very distillate is so adaptable to age and cask kind; it may be stupendous as a naked bare cask power 5yo, or a sherry-drenched 60+yo. Only a few single malt distillates can try this, and but Glen Grant makes all of it appear reasonably easy. Now, I am not too positive about current official bottlings, so let’s kick off with a pair to get our bearings. 

 

 

Glen Grant 10 yo (40%, OB, -/+ 2022)

Glen Grant 10 yo (40%, OB, -/+ 2022)
Color: vivid straw. Nostril: pears, gooseberries, apples, common ‘orchard fruit’ vibes and likewise some wee touches of hops, citrus and buttered toast. There’s an general extra fashionable, American oak influenced profile on show right here. However I discover it extraordinarily simple and quietly charming, it is simply let down a bit by the 40% (is not every thing?). Mouth: yup, 40% is hard lately. Similar pretty profile of simple sweetness and orchard fruits, solely right here I might add some yellow plums, apricots and honey. However that low energy provides a slight feeling of cardboard as effectively, sadly. Nonetheless, this in a pitcher at nearly any time of day could be simple and gratifying in my opinion. End: on the quick aspect, going in the direction of mild fruit teas and golden ales. Some breads and cereals now too. Feedback: it is a fashionable fashion, fairly a good distance from the wonderful outdated distillate monster Glen Grants of yesteryear (keep tuned for a few of them!) however it’s additionally quiet, humble, simple and charmingly un-showy malt whisky.
SGP: 541 – 80 factors.

 

 

Glen Grant 15 yo 'Batch Strength' 1st Edition (50%, OB, -/+ 2022)

Glen Grant 15 yo ‘Batch Power’ 1st Version (50%, OB, -/+ 2022)
‘Batch Power’ looks like a really Friday afternoon type of branding determination. Color: vivid straw. Nostril: tighter, sweeter and extra focussed on golden syrups, baked apples and numerous flowers with their pollens. But in addition just a little extra American oak assertiveness too. With water: greener, brisker, grassier and extra open and playful. Water is your buddy right here I might say. Mouth: extra in the direction of apples in numerous codecs, candy cider, butterscotch and a contact of vanilla icing. Good heft within the mouth however maybe a tiny bit an excessive amount of pepperiness from the oak for my liking. With water: the oak eases off ever so barely which permits these numerous fruits and flowers a bit extra elbow room. End: medium, barley sugars, digestive biscuits, pressed flowers and fruit teas. Feedback: it is all very tremendous, and technically most likely value a few additional factors, however why can we not have a model of the 10yo at this one’s bottling power? Someday, I can be accountable for Glen Grant*, then all these things will get sorted out as soon as and for all! I discover this bottling a bit annoying as a result of I actually wish to prefer it greater than I do. Although, as soon as once more, it is a completely simple and tremendous drop.
SGP: 551 – 82 factors.

 

 

*Nearly definitely won’t ever, ever occur.*

 

 

Glen Grant 1997/2020 (52%, Caora, cask #23806, 225 bottles)

Glen Grant 1997/2020 (52%, Caora, cask #23806, 225 bottles)
Color: straw. Nostril: contemporary and pure at first with reasonably loads of barley, bailed hay after which hints of fruit scone combine and shortbread. With time just a little extra custardy sweetness from the cask comes via together with wee glass of youthful sauternes. Very simple and chic. With water: nonetheless barely cakey and simply candy, a tad extra forest greenery and just a little shoe polish. Mouth: similar vibes! Honeys, pollens, candy wines, a spoonful of custard and a few greener notes of crushed nettles and herbs. With water: a glass of orange Sunny Delight dosed with a shot of outdated Benedictine liqueur (is {that a} cocktail already?) additionally some lemon marmalade and fennel seed. End: good size, barely firmer, waxier and extra on pollens, flower honeys and citrons. Feedback: very pretty, simple and pure Glen Grant. The epitome and constructive sweetness in malt whisky I’d say.
SGP: 641 – 87 factors.

 

 

Glen Grant 23 yo 1998/2021 (50.4%, Lady Of The Glen, cask #9711, oloroso sherry hogshead finish, 307 bottles)

Glen Grant 23 yo 1998/2021 (50.4%, Woman Of The Glen, cask #9711, oloroso sherry hogshead end, 307 bottles)
Color: amber. Nostril: richly sherried however you do get the sense it’s a end because of all this reasonably up entrance jammy sweetness and sticky fruits like plums and damsons. I additionally discover some pretty impressions of flower nectars, pollens and golden syrup. Straightforward and really inviting. With water: extra complicated now, with natural teas, roots, damp forest vibes and tobaccos. Mouth: just a little drier than anticipated, on walnuts, mushrooms, leaf mulch and bitter darkish chocolate. Straight down the road and really classical. With water: once more it goes extra in the direction of dried herbs, roots, tea tree oil, wintergreen and cabinet spices. Fairly punchy now in truth. End: good size, on bitter herbs, black tea, liquorice and a shot of espresso! Feedback: could be fascinating to know the size of the end on this one, it is definitely the case that the sherry had lots to say, however all good issues.
SGP: 561 – 87 factors.

 

 

After this it turns into difficult to know find out how to put collectively a line-up with outdated Glen Grants. First world issues and so forth…

 

 

Glen Grant 8 yo (100 proof, Gordon & MacPhail, early 1970s)

Glen Grant 8 yo (100 proof, Gordon & MacPhail, early Nineteen Seventies)
A bottle I opened for one of many Whisky Present Outdated & Uncommon digital tastings earlier this yr, themed round ‘bare distillate’. Color: pale white wine. Nostril: a good distance from the present 10 and 15, fairly amazingly so actually. This can be a pure mash up of mineral, sunflower and lamp oils. Additionally solutions of plaster, moist chalk, limestone and white flowers. Additionally an nearly crystalline barley notice working beneath. Totally impeccable distillate. It has that extremely austere, petrolic high quality you usually discover in Cadenhead or SMWS bottlings from the early 90s, solely this has one thing that a lot of these ones miss, which is class and depth of physique to the distillate with these paraffin and waxy facets. In all probability because of outdated strategies of manufacturing. With water: linens, camphor, ink and oily toolboxes. Additionally putty and extra white flowers together with vase water and a greener notice of crushed flower stems. Mouth: pure and vividly on paraffin, lamp oil, hessians, clay, ointments and heat peppery notes of watercress and mustard powder. Highly effective with no hint of peat, and as soon as once more the phrase that involves thoughts is class. A real barley eau de vie. With water: waxier in texture and flavour, however nonetheless bone dry, pure and impeccably peppery. A mustardy vibe that nods in the direction of outdated Banffs. End: lengthy, warming, peppery and with extra paraffin, waxes, hessian and ink. Feedback: a superbly austere and bone-dry outdated Glen Grant that’s fully concerning the fantastically constructed distillate. Unsure too many present makes may stand up to this sort of complete publicity at solely 8 years outdated. Now, it is also a really quaint fashion in some methods. A wine nerds whisky, as we frequently say on wee Whiskyfun.
SGP: 362 – 90 factors. 

 

 

Glen Grant 15 yo (100 proof, Gordon & MacPhail, UK market, -/+ 1975)

Glen Grant 15 yo (100 proof, Gordon & MacPhail, UK market, -/+ 1975)
Regardless of this being a UK bottling, some very useful Italian collector has written on the rear label in some unspecified time in the future ‘Collezione 29/01/77’, which is all the time cool to see. I’ve written notes on right here for related bottlings by G&M earlier than, however who is aware of what kind of batch variation there was on the time. And naturally, any excuses and so forth… Color: white wine. Nostril: It is actually the 8yo distillate profile simply with double the age in refill wooden. Which suggests it is extra rounded and people barely uncooked, petrolic qualities have rounded into extra seductive waxy tones, honey, wooden resins and camphor. Beautifully mineral, fatty and flinty with pollens, white flowers and bouillon. Simply terrific distillate as soon as once more. With water: clay, pebbles, chalk, flints, carbon paper, ink and dried herbs. Additionally citronella wax and lapsing souchong tea with lemon. Mouth: the age makes fairly a distinction right here, it is extra fruity with loads of citrus, white stone fruit and sharper inexperienced and unique touches too. Fruit teas, myrtle, olive oil, waxes and white pepper. Great texture, good stability and the identical mixture of energy, purity and sophistication as within the 8yo. With water: the feel is vastly spectacular now, water makes every thing fatter, greasier, oilier and extra mouth-coating. Some completely bitter natural notes, just a little saltiness and lots of issues like putty, waxy and shoe polish. End: lengthy, peppery, barely salty and splendidly oily and waxy. Feedback: these batches are sort of just like the work horses of G&M from this period, they simply really feel easy and reasonably like they should not be this good. Would crush most fashionable malt bottlings, primarily as a result of they handle to mix being technically glorious with a complete heap of soul too.
SGP: 462 – 92 factors.

 

 

Glen Grant 10 yo (80 proof, J W Cameron & Co Ltd, 1950s)

Glen Grant 10 yo (80 proof, J W Cameron & Co Ltd, Fifties)
J W Cameron have been a wine service provider in Hartlepool apparently, with the great sense to have their very own bottling of Glen Grant at 80 proof no much less. Color: pale amber. Nostril: a profile that solely very outdated single malts at good bottling power appear capable of ship. A single, cohesive and completely poetic mixture of medicines, herbs, liqueurs, rooty peat aromas and a pristine, faintly salty outdated sherry stuffed with rancio, walnuts and natural teas. Poetic is the phrase, and completely beautiful! Mouth: wonderful freshness and endurance! Beautiful saltiness, like essentially the most beautiful, leathery and rancio-laden VORS oloroso. And inside that there is additional notes of leathers, tobaccos and medicinal roots – the complete ‘Gentleman’s library’ issue! So many tiny, beautiful wee flavours rising. The perfect salty Dutch liquorice, historic yellow Chartreuse, verbena, wormwood, umami broths and my beloved Maggi! I may demolish a Nebuchadnezzar of this earlier than the yr is out! End: stunningly lengthy, resinous, salty and even beginning to present some surprisingly unique dried fruity qualities. Extra of those historic medicinal roots, herbs and beautiful outdated fashion peat flavours. Feedback: what number of random outdated bottlings of Glen Grant corresponding to this one have there been over time? I think what we find out about is however a fraction, no marvel it was held in such excessive regard as the good single malt by many aficionados within the days earlier than Macallan found advertising. A humble, present stopping wee masterpiece.
SGP: 563 – 94 factors. 

 

 

Glen Grant 1959-1960/1986 (40%, Gordon & MacPhail, Marriage of Andrew and Fergie)

Glen Grant 1959-1960/1986 (40%, Gordon & MacPhail, Marriage of Andrew and Fergie)
Let’s hope this whisky stands up higher than Prince Andrew’s status… Color: amber. Nostril: gah! I am the last word push-over for this fashion! Drying, barely salty bodega fashion funk and earthiness, imbued with damp pipe tobaccos, unlit aged cigars, humidor should, bitter darkish chocolate, inexperienced walnut liqueur and pure rancio! G&M have been simply masters of this sort of profile. Mouth: good stability and class. Dryness from the sherry, together with just a little salinity of salted almonds, tiny notes of paprika, cured recreation meats, leather-based, bouillon, heavy rancio and top of the range darkish chocolate. Additionally wee darker peppery tones, preserved darkish fruits stewed in some outdated Armagnac and a wealthy umami vibe. You might add impressions of damp forest petrichor, black miso and soy sauce as effectively. It is all happening right here! I might even add medicinal roots and herbs, outdated fashion chest and throat sweets, wormwood and natural liqueurs. Simply improbable! End: lengthy, brilliantly natural, peppery, stuffed with sticky darkish fruits, cabinet spices corresponding to cloves and cinnamon, and this splendidly persistent walnut-infused rancio. Feedback: One other completely seductive and beautiful outdated Glen Grant from G&M. Now the queen has departed, may we simply disband the Royal household and re-direct the tax spend into getting Glen Grant again to churning out this sort of juice please? For the great of the nation.

SGP: 662 – 93 factors.

 

 

Glen Grant 72 yo 1948/2020 (52.6%, Gordon & MacPhail for Premier Whisky Hong Kong, American oak sherry cask, cask #440, 290 bottles)

Glen Grant 72 yo 1948/2020 (52.6%, Gordon & MacPhail for Premier Whisky Hong Kong, American oak sherry cask, cask #440, 290 bottles)
Talking of G&M… Color: amber/mahogany. Nostril: concentrated darkish fruits, unique hardwood resins, historic natural liqueurs and lots of, many combos of dried unique fruits with equally unique and funky spices. A type of unimaginable profiles that G&M appear to concentrate on the place the whisky is concurrently woody and contemporary on the similar time. I am keen on these fruity peppercorn and medicinal wormwood qualities. Additionally this gorgeously mentholated, extraordinarily outdated peat aroma coming via beneath every thing. With water: only a completely harmonious and endlessly complicated outdated Glen Grant – one of many few distillates that may actually shine at nearly any age like this. Mouth: beautiful arrival, full on dried darkish and unique fruits, aged black teas, crystallised honey, fir wooden, resinous outdated fruit liqueurs and this marvellously balanced spicy complexity. With water: will get extra sappy, mentholated and these beautiful layers of honey, unique fruit liqueurs and dusty outdated phenolics simply grow to be deeper, louder and denser. In brief the entire thing goes up a number of notches of complexity and likewise energy. End: good size and beautiful, menthol, natural and phenolic. Wooden resins that grow to be a notch extra drying however not extreme, tobaccos, wine cellar mulch and rancio. You might go on 4 hours detailing all of the tiny impressions this retains igniting within the thoughts. Feedback: Would not ‘really feel’ like a 72 yr outdated whisky if I am sincere. However then I am no skilled in 70+ yr outdated whiskies. What can you actually say? One other great historic malt that we have now to thank G&M for caretaking all these many years. And one other demonstration of the stamina of Glen Grant’s distillate from these years. Let’s hope that when G&M lastly launch a 100 yr outdated it’s going to be a Glen Grant – though, will it’s nearly as good as that outdated J W Cameron 10yo…? 😉 
SGP: 672 – 93 factors.

 

 

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