Glen Grant 60-year-old GM

Category Single Malt from Speyside, Scotland
Distillery
District Speyside
Bottler Gordon & MacPhail
Bottling serie The Queen's Diamond Jubilee (1952 - 2012)
Vintage 02.02.1952
Bottled 02.02.2012
Age 60 years old
Casktype 1st Fill Sherry Hogshead
Casknumber 465
Strength 42.3 % Vol.
Number of bottles 85
Size 700 ml
Label Crystal Decanter
Price 9638.54$ 10891.55£ 7228.91
Cask Strength Single Cask Whisky
Mikee Note
less than a month ago

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Glen Grant 60 yo 1952/2012 'Diamond Jubilee' (42.3%, Gordon & MacPhail, 85 bottles) Four stars and a half This baby’s got everything, elm, silver, crystal and Harris tweet. I must say I find it less kitsch - or bling - than other recent efforts by other whisky people who are currently trying to trade up. Colour: gold (much paler than the 1953). Nose: makes the 1953 winey in comparison, it’s interesting that G&M chose one that was rather subtle and ‘un-raisiny’. No bomb on the nose, once again it’s a delicate and elegant malt, rather on baked apples, bitter oranges, touches of cloves and candied ginger plus a little marzipan and orange blossom water. Also very ripe gooseberries and then discreet whiffs of humus and moss. Maybe old roses. Again, it’s more lace than Harris Tweed! Mouth: the difference with the 1953 is striking. This is only a wee bit stronger in theory, but on the palate it’s another world. The first thing that’s also striking, just like with the 70yo Mortlach and Glenlivet, is the fact that the oak never takes control. It’s there, of course, but it works just like some cinnamon on a plum pie, if you see what I mean. It’s still plum! No biggish notes of anything in fact, rather a complex assortment of tiny flavours such as kumquats, caraway, liquorice, dates, maybe chestnuts, a little tobacco, mead, pecans… Granted, the oak becomes a notch louder towards the finish (white pepper) but it’s all under control. Finish: medium long, on mint and earl grey tea. More cinnamon in the aftertaste. Comments: quite a miracle. I believe these very old malts cannot compare to some 30 or even 40yo bottlings that are usually more full and satisfying (but there are exceptions, such as the fabulous 1952 by G&M for LMDW that we tried on January 19 – WF 92!), but this one is a good example of a very old one that kept a large part of its vibrancy, so to speak. Despite a rather low strength. So worth some big fat 88 points in my book, which is a lot in this context since I try to never take the whisky’s ‘pedigree’ into account when scoring it. By the way, a part of that pedigree is the price: £8,000. Royal! SGP:451 - 88 points.
LENINOSLO Review note
about a year ago
LENINOSLO gave this whisky 20 points

FOUND IN A SMALL COLLECTION IN SWEDEN, THE TOP OBJECT IN A COLL. OF ONLY 20 BTLS. THE OWNER WAS 85 YEARS OLD WHEN DEAD.

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Price
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Przemyslaw Kopanczyk Tasting note
about a year ago
Przemyslaw Kopanczyk gave this whisky 91 points
Color
Chestnutoloroso sherry
Nose

9,2 Slightly floral with notes of apple cake with cinnamon sprinkled with a touch of oak and herbs.

Taste

9,1 Warming, slightly bitter with notes of honey, plum and unripe apples with a hint of vanilla.

Finish

9,2 Long, slightly bitter with a hint of white pepper, grapefruit and cinnamon with a touch of allspice.

Comments
Ralph Hiltrup Note
a couple of years ago
Tasting Notes by Dave Broom for Whisky Advocate

Rich gold. Superb mature nose with subtle whisky rancio, mixing
fragrant mango with a little mint, rosewater, and waxiness; there`s
even some custard and a whiff of woodsmoke before sandalwood brings back
the exotic edge. The palate is delicate with an amazingly fresh acidity
that becomes herbal (basil and tarragon). It`s late summer, when
there`s a sense of the year turning, and you allow fond memories to
gently wash over you.


92 Points

I_SPEY Note
a couple of years ago
AROMA WITHOUT WATER

After maturing slowly for sixty years the result is a beautifully balanced Single Malt with poise and great complexity. The introduction to the whisky is one of fresh fruit and spices ` aromas of Cox`s Pippins and Granny Smith apples, laced with cinnamon and root ginger. In the background linger subtle hints of lavender and rose petals, all wrapped in a sweet, toffee parcel.

TASTE WITHOUT WATER

A sip of the whisky reveals the age and depth of character. Initially there are hints of cedar wood and freshly cut grass. However, these are quickly replaced by rich, burnt fruit notes with a drying, spicy edge and a dusting of white pepper. A smokiness twists its way through the flavour leaving a slightly bitter, treacle toffee finish.

"One cannot hurry the little grey cells, Captain." Hercule Poirot
QuarterCentury Note
a couple of years ago

Bottled in Celebration of the Queen`s Diamond Jubilee, this cask of Glen Grant from Gordon and Macphail is one of the world`s longest-aged whiskies. Beautifully packaged, and sure to become an instant collector`s item. Only 85 bottles of the whisky have been released.

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I like my whisky old and my women young!
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