Overall rating
Single Malt
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Licensed Bottling
Stated Age
51 years old
1st Fill Sherry Butts
4442 + 4446
40.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
03 Dec 2009 2:26 pm

Average value

€ 2027,88

21 × in wishlist

37 × member ratings

39 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glen Grant 1956 GM

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 93.71 points

  1. StyrianSpirit scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    This old Glen Grant is remarkably consistent: from nose to finish, the basic perception varies between old cellar, black tea, ripe lychee and mango, oak, all with a delicate touch of freshness. Nevertheless, something dark lurks in the background. I can not decode that with the best will, but I simply lack the decades of experience and I miss especially the comparisons with such old Malts from the fifties and sixties of the last century. Drunk from a big big Bordeaux glass, the basic character does not change with this old Grant, it just looks "older", "denser", "bigger". And he remains unmistakable.
    • Nose
      95 95
      Some black tea, an old, slightly musty cellar, joined by lychee and mango. A very special flavor. The oak is astonishingly discreet, now also some caramel appears. And a fresh breeze blows through this old inn cellar.
    • Taste
      95 95
      Very oily, the black tea-lychee-mango blend clothes the mouth in an unmistakable way; "the old restaurant cellar" in the nose was the first impression, the cellar flavors now follow in the second wave and give the whole thing the necessary seniority. On the palate, the slightly sparkling freshness is amazing, the oak is in turn very discreet, could also be cedar wood, supplemented by delicate waxiness. That's a really fascinating mix.
      And where is the sherry? When I think of it, he may be hiding behind the ripe, exotic fruits and slyly peeping out from behind the oak aroma. Anyway, it is very dry, very fruity and almost black tea.
    • Finish
      94 94
      The finale of this malt also plays the fruit-black tea-cellar game. Something dark lurks in the background. A malt with a secret.

  2. KayMeertens scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Great, still not overaged. 

    Got a sample to swap.
    • Nose
      A cognac-like profile. Plum, caramel, raisin, brown sugar, cherry, orange and anise.  
    • Taste
      Plum, raisin, leather, mocha, orange, fig and spices.
    • Finish
      Raisin, toffee, apple syrup and rhubarb.

  3. hs305 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    [October, 2010]  I emptied a bottle together with friends that I bought for 189 Euro in March, 2010. In
    my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50
    - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 92,5.  My
    notes state a rich and complex profile on sherry-induced aromas, fruits and a firm wooden structure (no bitterness despite its 51 years in cask).  It is surprisingly fresh (for its age) and lacks no power (nevertheless a higher abv would have done no harm, of course.  But who knows, maybe the 40% are close to cask strength after more than 50 years of maturation...).   Very delicious stuff at an unbeatable price (back in 2010).

  4. dram-drinker scored this whisky 95 points Moderator

    • Nose
      96 96
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      94 94

  5. dram-drinker scored this whisky 95 points Moderator

    Actually unbelievable how fresh and rich this is at "only" 40% abv and this age. It's one of the best Glen Grant I ever had. Excellent!
    • Nose
      Rich, complex, sweet oak wood, sugar cane, dried fruits, plums, dates, also a bit citrus fruits like oranges - very good
    • Taste
      Little punchy, peppery but still oily and smooth, lots of toffee, dried fruits again, raisins, very nice sweetness balanced with full notes of oak wood - no bitterness at all but only rich fruitiness - really great
    • Finish
      Long and warm, still sweet, fruity and smooth, menthol

  6. whiskas scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Banana, coconut, pineapple liqueur, new mown hay, villa soda (apple, pear, grape aroma), syrup, demerara sugar, sultana raisin, cinnamon, cloves, hint of dried fruit
    • Taste
      Rich chocolate, cocoa, coffey, banana, demerara sugar
    • Finish
      Medium finish with banana split and spices


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