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Overall rating
86.71/100
votes
32
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)
Bottling serie
Graceful gravitas
Vintage
23.04.1996
Stated Age
21 years old
Casktype
Ex-Bourbon Hogshead
Casknumber
9.143
Number of bottles
258
Strength
60.6 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottled for
The Spirit of Speyside Festival 2018
Added on
02 May 2018 3:16 pm by Tauti
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 107,56

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32 × member ratings

34 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glen Grant 1996 SMWS 9.143

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.71 points

  1. dRambo scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  2. KayMeertens scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Blind Tasting Competition sample. Confusing dram. The initial creamy impression is over 20 years, but when that bourbon-like style comes through it seems a lot younger.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Starts off very creamy. Whipped cream. Peach and red apple, a whiff of smoke. Later it gets something very bourbon-like: Vanilla with raspberry. And a sour touch of blood orange as well.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Cream, apple, white grape, peach, citrus, freshly cut grass and again a bourbon-like raspberry note.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Peach yoghurt, vanilla pudding, toffee and honey. Then turning dry, nutty and woody.

  3. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  4. FernetBranco scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Issue Price May 2018: £ 95.00
    https://www.smws.com/graceful-gravitas/ https://www.flipsnack.com/thesmws/may-outturn-en-ft32hgw2m.html
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  5. Macheye scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Whilst I’m fairly sure that the ex-bourbon hogshead that this Glen Grant was filled into was fairly inactive (21 years and still 60.6%?), in this instance, it has worked a bit of a wonder. The spirit has relaxed and mellowed and taken on some exceedingly elegant notes, whilst the cask influence itself is (unsurprisingly) restrained so is only along as a supporting act. This benefited from some water and only scored lower because of the finish, which, despite having a lovely fade to it, was not as long as one would hope for of a whisky of this age.

    https://www.thedramble.com/tastings/glen-grant/9.143-graceful-gravitas/
    • Nose
      Elegance and quality are immediately obvious here – honey, mangoes and papayas are joined by leather armchairs, old bound books and golden tobacco. Overripe oranges give an almost liqueur-like quality to this whisky - Grand Marnier or Cointreau over ice. Deeper, there are aromas of summer grass – dried reed and flax, as well as of sugar coated cereals – Kellogg’s Frosties. Water adds a fizzy, almost champagne-like quality into the equation, as well as both buttery biscuits and freshly made toast.
    • Taste
      Rich and mouth coating. This delivers milk chocolate, and a host of reduced fruits (particularly raspberries) – stewed, jammed and preserved. There’s some underlying earthiness in the form of damp soils and wet walls, which mingle very nicely with well-judged pepper spicing. The addition of water adds juiciness to the fruits, and emphasises the oranges that were detected on the nose. Overall, balance is improved through dilution, which is not surprising given the 60.1% ABV this commences with.
    • Finish
      The shorter side of medium length and with a combination of raspberries and pepper that fades very nicely.

  6. dramspotter did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    SMWS Tasting Notes: Polite yet meaningful with a dignified demeanour and we realised immediately that we were in the company of a true gentleman of a dram. Aromas of sweet earthy tobacco, crab samosas with passion fruit chutney, Manuka honey and late-harvest orange Muscat demanded our full attention. Full bodied on the palate with layer upon layer of deep dark fruits waiting to be discovered or like a triple chocolate caramel ombre cake. When adding a drop of water initially the balanced delicate sweetness of an ice wine followed by a chocolate orange avocado pudding and on the palate white chocolate panacotta with vinegar-infused raspberries.

  7. Cast Olila scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

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