Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Grain
Mancarella (Ma)
Bottling serie
Single Grain Scotch Whisky
Stated Age
42 years old
Bourbon Barrel
Number of bottles
46.2 % Vol.
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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Whisky Reviews for Mr. Grain 1976 Ma

16 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.78 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. ..

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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
    no ice
    no water
    no bullsssh*t"

    :) lovely

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. Thermidor scored this whisky 90 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.

  9. Samwise2020 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  10. ThorstenH scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    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.


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