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Overall rating
93.00/100
votes
15
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Mr George Centenary edition
Vintage
13.12.1956
Bottled
27.06.2019
Calculated age
62 years old
Casktype
First fill sherry butt
Casknumber
4455
Number of bottles
235
Strength
51.7 % Vol.
Size
10 ml 700 ml
Added on
08 Oct 2019 11:31 pm by Dirk
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 7418.57

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Whisky Reviews for Glen Grant 1956 GM

4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 93.00 points

  1. thijs100 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Seriously world-class whisky worthy of remembering such a vital member of the Gordon & MacPhail clan.
    • Nose
      Intense and one of the more heavily sherried examples that I've tasted at this age. Beeswax, Demerara sugar, burlap and lots of dried red fruits. A few drops of triple sec, notes of roasted coffee beans, as well as a fair amount of praline chocolates. That balance! That complexity! My god, this is heaven...
    • Taste
      A syrupy mouthfeel is the first sign of good things to come. Rich and big bodied. Notes of menthol, but also cigar tobacco, leather, and bitter espresso. Rum-soaked raisins, as well as a hint of aceto balsamico. Some soft tannins, which is pretty remarkable at this age, and a whiff of liquorice root. A touch of smoke is in there as well.
    • Finish
      Lingering spices and charred oak. A whiff of pepper. Long and memorable.

  2. WhiskyNotes scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    https://www.whiskynotes.be/2019/glen-grant/glen-grant-1956-mr-george-gordon-macphail/

    Nose: great intensity and aromatics. There’s a wave of oak polish up front, with whiffs of acetone. These fade and anyway, I adore them. Figs and Corinth raisins, lush cherries and blackberry jelly. Then eucalyptus, rosewood and cedar, caramelised brown sugar, old rancio notes and tobacco. Mediterranean herbs add to the freshness. Slightly tense floral notes and honey. Reminds me of the Book of Kells releases, just majestic.
    Mouth: the oak feels a bit but there’s much more to be discovered. Lots of pipe tobacco and cognac rancio again, then thick blackcurrants, even flashes of clementine and pink grapefruit and marmalade which make it lighter. Moves towards dark chocolate, nuts, clove and allspice. Hints of coffee. Subtle traces of smoked / charred wood.
    Finish: more chocolate, black peppercorn and oak char.

    Quite spectacular how the cask enriched this whisky. A luscious, complex dram that you can nose for hours. It’s neither too dry nor flat, which is sometimes the case at this age. Expensive of course, but a special treat and a very worthy tribute.

  3. ericholim scored this whisky 93 points Member Senior

    Glen Grant 62 yo 1956/2019 (51.7%, Gordon & MacPhail, Mr George Centenary Edition, first fill sherry butt, cask #4455, 235 bottles) Five stars
    This incredibly old Glen Grant was just bottled to celebrate the 100 years of former G&M CEO George Urquhart. We’ve tried a handful of 1956s by G&M already, and they have been stunning, especially one for LMDW’s 50th Anniversary, bottled – and tasted - in 2005 (WF 93!) Colour: deep amber. Nose: magnificent. The dashboard of an old Bentley (well, works with Austins too) that’s just been redone, natural varnishes and polishes, this faintly miso-y side yet again, a stunning pine-y earthiness (that walk in the woods, rather pines and firs here), an almost unnoticeable touch of Marmite and malt extract, and just one tiny porcini. Bold and subtle at the same time, but that may be the surprisingly high strength. With water: fatbulous! There, those honeyed notes that were missing a bit in the ’72, they’re all here. Basically, it’s akin to the best mead in the world, plus the best brioche and the best dried figs. Mouth (neat): hurray, no over-woodiness at all (really, at all) and rather a fantastic chestnut honey – marmalade – mint liqueur combination. This is very wow. Wonderful touches of bouillon again, Chinese fondue, miso, Maggi… With water: incredible balance and almost under-oakiness. There is quite some oak of course, but it is not oaky at all, go figure. Time to call the Anti-Maltoporn Brigade, perhaps. Finish: long, on the same exceptional meady notes, sultanas, earl grey, bergamots, chocolate, and, well, just the whole dictionary. Comments: you’d almost believe they’ve used demi-johns like in Cognac and moved this one to a secret paradise around 30 years ago, but of course they haven’t. I haven’t checked the price – who counts anyway? (careful, S.)
    SGP:561 - 93 points.

  4. Baanaanaabob did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

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