- Single Malt
- Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)
- Bottling serie
- Graceful gravitas
- Stated Age
- 21 years old
- Ex-Bourbon Hogshead
- Number of bottles
- 60.6 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Bottled for
- The Spirit of Speyside Festival 2018
- Added on
- 02 May 2018 3:16 pm by Tauti
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Whisky Reviews for Glen Grant 1996 SMWS 9.143
7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.60 points
- 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.
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.
Cream, apple, white grape, peach, citrus, freshly cut grass and again a bourbon-like raspberry note.
Peach yoghurt, vanilla pudding, toffee and honey. Then turning dry, nutty and woody.
- Issue Price May 2018: £ 95.00
- 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.
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.
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.
The shorter side of medium length and with a combination of raspberries and pepper that fades very nicely.
- 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.