Overall rating
89.97/100
votes
63
Whiskybase ID
WB138930
Category
Single Grain
Bottler
Mancarella (Ma)
Bottling serie
Single Grain Scotch Whisky
Vintage
1976
Bottled
2019
Stated Age
42 years old
Casktype
Bourbon Barrel
Number of bottles
84
Strength
46.2 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
16 sep 2019 1:01 pm by Schmausel
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 214.45

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102 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Mr. Grain 1976 Ma

17 users have left 18 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 89.97 points.

  1. EinSpatzUnterVielen scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Today first impressions with half a nose - but also so - really awesome part!
    (Trend 90+)
    • Nose
      immediately after pouring the aromas literally jump out of the glass - vanilla, coconut cream, creme brulee, freshly made toffee, dark caramel, ginger cookies, orange blossom, lemon peel, violets and jasmine, fresh pencil tip remnants, crumb cake - no trace of one-dimensionality!
    • Taste
      tangy-spicy-fruity, intense, with lemon, orange, lots of pepper, dark caramel and coffee he trumps up - also the ginger cookies are there and the sweet flowers - now as jasmine tea; with gingerbread spice, dark bread and baking cocoa - very nice
    • Finish
      almost long, also spicy-fruity, with lots of baking cocoa, pepper, coffee and grapefruit plus the white inner skin, in the background a little violet, jasmine and a hint of licorice and eucalyptus - after a Grains long finish, he then fizzle - graintypisch - abruptly. ..

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  3. dramidaris scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90
      Very smooth and complex grain whisky.

  4. JoshNRW scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A nice starter for a Thanksgiving football night. But you should like grain and let it stand for at least 20 minutes. Overall a very solid grain and it meets the expectations of the key data, hence a safe 89 points.
    • Nose
      89 89
      89.5
      First nose in Blenders: clearly an approx. 40 year old grain and the cask was not too active. The sticky grain sweetness is all the rage and the whiskey needs at least another 20 minutes to open up.
      After 20 minutes, it appears significantly darker and even more mature, which also means more wood here.
      Is now more nutty, hazelnut, workshop and always the typical grain note with a note of mead concentrate and grape must sweetness. I find it lacks complexity, but it's flawless and sufficiently intense, so that's for a safe 89 or close 90 points.
    • Taste
      89 89
      The palate starts with lots of sandalwood and spicy sweetness. Exactly what one would expect. Doesn't disappoint me, but doesn't knock me off my stool either. As a grain fan again safe 89 points.
    • Finish
      90 90
      The mouthfeel is heavy oil and the finish is long, very long. Even after 2 minutes it is still heavy on the palate with notes of fermented grapes.

  5. Thermidor scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A light and strongly fruity grain that may not have spent all its 42 years in the same bourbon barrel, since there is none of that heavy oak I usually find in grains of this age, and in fact this one reminds me strongly of another excellent old grain, from Murray McDavid, which was both matured and finished in bourbon casks. If that is the case, I'm all for bourbon finishing old grains.

    It was interesting to try this next to Speyside Region 40yo 1975 from Sansibar (93 pts.). Both are high quality, fruity drams, but put side by side the Speyside Region makes even this excellent grain feel like something is missing because the distillate is so light compared to a proper malt whisky.
    • Nose
      Candied apple juice and some sharpness from the ethanol. Fruity bourbon barrel notes, pleasantly rounded vanilla, and grain. Time makes it more woody and dials down the sharpness. Shortbreads and banana. Just a few drops of water helps dispel the ethanol notes completely.
    • Taste
      The body is absolutely great for a grain. You rarely get something this ready to drink out of a freshly opened bottle of such old whisky. Barley, wheat, and soft, well-worn oak. No ethanol here, just this soft and full body matured to perfection. So few tannins this must be one of the lightest, brightest old grains I've ever tasted. Sugary sweet, with fruit juice on the side.
    • Finish
      Lovely fruitiness and soft vanilla.

  6. Dogs2 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  7. ThorstenH scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    It needs time in the glass to develop. The typical grain note (of course),
    • Nose
      87 87
      Closed at the beginning, it reveals its aroma after a while.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Very pleasant to his mouth
    • Finish
      88 88
      Vanilla notes in the finish. Medium length.

  8. fradin11 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  9. grinface scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Very tasty whiskey, aged with dignity. After 42 years the cask did not dominate and that is impressive. I particularly enjoy the finish - and that means something with a Grain whisky. Full review (in german): https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2019/12/31/grain-verloren-und-verschwiegen/

  10. waal scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Sweet and with a sticky impression. The single grain or the intended burning process cannot be denied even after this long maturation period. An intense fragrance of resinous pine needles flows from the buccaneer. Next to it is an emblematic full glass full of dark forest honey.
    Light fruits and sweet strawberries are covered with icing sugar. Apple, orange and vanilla as well as a subtle impression of nutmeg leave an interesting, diverse impression, which I get from the Eisch Unity SensisPlus.
    The barrel can also be seen in the nose, but generally the 42 years are rather reserved. (Compared to similarly old malts.)
    Nosing from an empty glass is particularly interesting here. For a long time I had not had such a pleasant smell from the smeared egg. Very interesting.

    Mouth / finish / taste: A wonderfully intense fruit basket. Mainly from light fruits. Melon, pear and peach come to mind immediately. Nice and juicy and creamy. Again, everything is wonderfully sprinkled with sugar, although not as intensely sweet as the smell.
    Over time, some yeast biscuits from the Sunday breakfast with light spice from the barrel emerge, which is probably also responsible for the minimally bitter, "fiddly" impression.
    The taste is always tasty. Nice fit for the summer months.
    The finish is increasingly bitter, but nice and long and sufficiently intense. The 42 years sound a bit woody, floral but still pleasant.

    Conclusion: I like the single grain very well to very well, but unfortunately it is not enough for the over 90 points. In comparison with, for example, the "Invergordon 1973" (https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/117891/invergordon-1973-ma) I lack the elegance, the flowing honey, the cream and the vanilla ice cream.
    For a large bottle it will not be enough for me here.

    89 points
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  11. Noface83 scored this whisky 90 points Specialist

    Great - this is how an old grain must smell / taste.
    On the nose, the age is noticeable like old spicy oak and pencil shavings. Vanilla cream and canned apricots refresh the whole. There is also a nice caramel note and some white chocolate. The typical floral grain sweetness is also clearly present.

    In the mouth it is incredibly creamy with lots of oak and fresh, slightly sour fruits, lots of wheat sweetness and creme brulee. Ginger and some pepper add flavor.
    The finish is only very intense with the above fruit notes, vanilla and the grain sweetness and becomes increasingly woody in the medium-long finish. Milk chocolate with vanilla and dusty wood with subtle bitterness remain.

    Very nice drop - exactly what you expect from an old grain but somehow not anymore. Independence is lacking for more than 90, but that is complaining on a damn high level.

  12. Kalleholzbein scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  13. I_am_not_HS305 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
      yellow fruits, ripe and oily and still refreshing. Green bananas with lemons souffle. At first a bit bitterness, after 20min decreasing
    • Taste
      90 90
      goes in like water, not much felt by old age! Yellow, slightly overripe fruits with a hint of acidity. The alcohol is super involved.
    • Finish
      88 88
      a little please from Grain, for the first time noticeable American white oak, but not disturbing.

      Maybe not quite the 90 points, but he is close.

      A great grain without the typical bitter notes, but no wonder of complexity. Defiance a very easy to drink, very adult Grain for a fair price.

  14. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [October, 2019] An undisclosed old grain is quite funny because there is only one (old) grain distillery that does not allow IBs to use its name on the label. It is owned by the same Grants that do not allow others to release any Glenfiddich, Balvenie or Kininvie by simply adding a teaspoon of other malt to each cask they sell or swap (do they really?). So I will check if this is an old Girvan grain...

    ...and indeed, it is (most probably). Compliments to Dino for managing to get such a rare old cask of superb quality. You know, I am not a grain-fan at all but this one is great. The cask was rather exhausted so the wooden notes are appropriate but not too strong and leave all the stage for the complex spirit's aromas and flavours. All is greatly balanced and without any flaw or off-note. Ooh, and yes - this is a Girvan (my taste buds swear)!
    • Nose
      91 91
      The colour is pale straw (after 42 years!) and the nose offers a subtle and complex profile that is not overly "grainy" which is great. It grows stronger upon breathing with excellent OBFs (lacquer paint), spring floral notes, different nuts, dunnage warehouse impressions and shy woods (the cask was inactive which is an asset in this case). Yes, this smells like an old Girvan, no doubt. I am not sure if such a subtle nose is to everybody's liking these days (with all the heavy wood-driven releases) but finally I do not care - I like it!
    • Taste
      90 90
      The taste is nicely layered on all these subtle flavours of the nose in a close-to-perfect balance. Again, it is not very "grainy" but offers the typical grain notes in a fine combination with other flavours. I am too lazy to name all these flavours tonight, simply check the other reviews for that. There is no flaw or imbalance that I can find.
    • Finish
      90 90
      The initial mouthfeel is warming with some minor peppery moments and nicely coats all of the mouth. The finish is of medium length and turns more spicy (white peppers) over time. Again no distracting bitter or drying moments despite the 42 years of maturation. Water releases more OBFs and waxy-chalky aromas in the nose and turns the taste even more quaffable through strengthening the sweeter flavours. I like this dram both neat and somewhat reduced.

  15. Monte Gehro scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Beautiful, dignified old Grain. Versatile nose, tropical fruit, sweet apple pie.
    Velvety and creamy in the mouth, with just the right amount of alcohol. Balanced finish.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  16. KingKutte_4.0 scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    Total recall of long forgotten memories handicrafting some wooden things with my grandpa in his garage when i was a little rascal ages ago

    leather, some old dust from woodworx, fruity lemonade and fruity sweets // sophisticated // delicate // stunning

    A gentlemans dram, if Bond, J. Bond would learn more about good old drinks, he would only order this one:
    "Mr Grain
    neat
    no ice
    no water
    no bullsssh*t"

    :) lovely

  17. KingKutte_4.0 scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  18. didi1893 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Yup! Finally, an old and dignified Grain, although I'm "Mr. Grain" unfortunately not quite as fruity and sweet feel like the last "old" Grains of Dino. "Mr. Grain" looks a little bit "dirty", but this combination makes him so interesting and shows me that it does not always have to be old single malt. A great and varied Grain, it is always fun and is a special enjoyable moment. Thumbs up!!!

    23/23/23/23 (92P)
    • Nose
      Slightly dull and pale straw rests in the glass while sticking to the glass wall of my Premium Snifter long and oily "legs". Immediately shows the typical for me "Grainnase"! Sweet, fruity and sweet ;-) Vanilla dissolves from slightly dirty and woody basic notes, immediately show yellow fruits in the form of mirabelle and apricot. Grated coconut fall into sweet caramel and toffee, hints of caramelized sugar and fresh abrasion of orange peel ends in mint leaves grated between the fingers and a hint of milk chocolate. From time to time citrus flare, a few drops of lemon fall on scratched vanilla pods, the fruity sweetness increases noticeably and stimulates the salivation. Warm sunbeams fall on the Nosingglas and create just the right mood for this sweet and fruity "summer whiskey". At the same time, thick and oily drops on the glass wall invite me benevolently and demanding for the first sip ...
    • Taste
      Incredibly mild, the first sip flows solidly through the mouth and drips velvety and creamy from the tongue. Old but sweet vanilla combines at the same time with dried mirabelles and abrasion of orange peel, old toffee melts on the tongue while minimal citrus fruits and fresh mint in combination with creamy walnuts on the tongue. Velvety and sweet the second sip flows through mouth, pleasant sharpness arises. From slightly spicy wood tones dissolve black pepper and citrus fruits, zests of old oranges fall in the creamy caramel and milk chocolate, the mouthfeel becomes noticeably creamier, butter flakes melt in the warm saliva.
    • Finish
      The aftertaste starts with a combination of walnuts roasted in butter, spicy wood tones and a delicious herbal or spice mixture. Again citrus fruits show up, this time it is ripe grapefruit supported by cedar wood and again flaring sharpness. The peppery pungency is really very pleasant, suddenly it is gone .... and creamy, maybe a little rancid, walnuts float in the saliva and stimulate my salivation again.

  19. dRambo scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    very beautiful barrel - elegant, flawless, well matured with a great range of aromas - he makes no secret of his age. Again a grain of
    If I ignore unfounded prejudices, blindly I would only be able to type in Grain at the very end of the departure
    • Nose
      92 92
      Salt caramel, toffee, coconut dessert, rum grape nut chocolate, candied ginger, furniture polish, delicate citrus zest, banana, jaffa cake, apple jelly, vanilla cream, jasmine flowers, bergamot

      with hand warmth and some time it becomes even more fruity - almost irresistible - while remaining always fine, light, elegant - but also aromatic and lively
    • Taste
      89 89
      Very mouthwashing, old and charming, restrained sweet, very creamy, with lots of vanilla and coconut - some walnut, mint, old dusty oak cabinet wall, oiled tropical wood, ground leather, nutmeg, pepper, bay leaf, lavender, lemon
    • Finish
      90 90
      spicy fresh, with tart but not bitter notes, old pews, wood dust, baked vanilla pudding with pears and apfelespalten - beautiful aromas only not very long

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