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Overall rating
95.67/100
votes
3
Whiskybase ID
WB177801
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Mr. George Legacy
Vintage
24.12.1953
Bottled
05.01.2021
Stated Age
67 years old
Casktype
first fill sherry butt
Casknumber
4209
Number of bottles
355
Strength
59.4 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5020613082359
Added on
23 Feb 2021 10:43 pm by Mitswhisky
UncoloredChillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 6635.43

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3 × member ratings

37 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glen Grant 1953 GM

4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 95.67 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 98 points Connoisseur

    [June, 2021] Oops, many members own a bottle already but no one dared to open it? Hey, whisky is made for drinking! Finally I managed to buy a reasonable-sized sample (6cl) from a bottle-sharing and so I am in the pole position to write the first review (here at WB)...

    ...and what a review! This is the stuff whisky dreams are made of, at least mine. I never scored any dram 98 points so far but after 5000+ different drams tasted I think it is time to break this tradition (and still I can do a 99 points score if an even better dram crosses my way after the next 5000+ tastings). What is absolutely astonishing about this Glen Grant is the fact that the taste is even better than the nose, usually the nose is excellent on very long-matured drams but the taste often fails to meet this high quality level. Enough said, as I like to enjoy the rest of my sample without intellectual exercises.
    • Nose
      97 97
      The colour is mahogany and of course I use a big spherical blender's glass to nose this old beauty. The first sniff right after serving is very impressive already with dozens of different interwoven aromas from all three the malt, the sherry and the wood. It takes quite a while until my olfactory cells adapt to this onrush of aromas and it takes even longer until they manage to separate the different impressions. For a detailed description please refer to the excellent reviews of Serge and Angus at whiskyfun.com because they own better senses than I do. Nonetheless, I enjoy this nose at least as much as they did (maybe even a little more) because it is not just extremely complex and flawless but perfectly balanced and full of interesting nuances too. Take your time with this nose as it improves greatly upon oxidation, my score started at 93 right after serving but then improved one point every 15 minutes until it finally reached its peak after around one hour of breathing and some drops of water. Remember, old drams demand patience!
    • Taste
      98 98
      Usually the taste of very old drams cannot match their nose but this one is different. This taste is even better! I cannot believe the initial signals from my taste buds so I have to take a quick second sip and it confirms an immense onrush of delicate flavours which is hard to match even by the best drams I had so far (and I had a lot of excellent drams over the last 25+years). This taste is multi-multi-multi layered and if you are able to chew this dram for at least three minutes it offers a myriad of impressions in an endless procession of flavours across your taste buds. Again, please refer to Serge and Angus for details as they stated all flavours already I am able to identify. But what strikes me most is the unbelievable harmony of the holy whisky trinity in this taste - malt, sherry and wood march hand in hand and without the slightest wrestling for dominance as if they fell in love to each other a long time ago and this love has constantly grown over the years married together. Wow, what a taste - I am flashed, to be honest.
    • Finish
      98 98
      The arrival of this dram is absolutely flabbergasting with an immense power and freshness that I never thought was possible after 67 years of maturation. It instantly coats all parts of my mouth with a creamy and warming texture and the best about this mouthfeel is: It is completely free of any distracting bitter or drying moments, this is a triple wow-surprise for a 67-years old dram. The finish is virtually endless and fades very slowly in different vanishing waves again without any distracting astringent or unpleasant bitter notes. Are there new impressions during the finish? Of course, but it is almost impossible to describe them as the taste was over-complex already. Some drops of water release a whole set of new impressions in the nose and turn the taste a little more punchy and smooth at the same time which seems to be a contradiction but actually it is what it is. Unfortunately, the different layers start to intermingle now as it happens so often on reduced levels of very complex old drams. A further reduction smooths both nose and taste and the layers are almost gone now - I prefer the neat dram to be honest (at its flabbergasting 59.4% abv after 67 years of maturation, I still cannot believe this...).

  2. hs305 scored this whisky 98 points Connoisseur

    [May, 2021] Wow, what a flabbergasting butt! After 67 years of maturation this cask yielded still 355 bottles at astonishing 59.4% abv. I certainly have to try a dram (or two)...

    ...and I want to meet that funny WB member who tagged "coal-gas" already (but nothing else and no score either). Just to be clear about the "coal-gas" which usually indicates sulphur-spoiled casks: The practice of treating sherry casks with burning sulphur candles to prevent them from rotting in the hot Spanish climate before they were shipped to Scotland was introduced in 1983 (and stopped several years later when the distilleries discovered how badly this practice spoiled their whisky). So a dram filled into a cask in 1953 (and never was re-racked) could never ever develop such flavours. But maybe the mysterious member knows something all others do not?

    Actually, another member had a perfect explanation for this tagging - here is what he/she wrote: "The coal-gas icon is the first one of the list and very often it is clicked on unintentionally. I've had it a couple of times myself already, especially when browsing on my phone." Thanx a lot!

  3. rampah scored this whisky 97 points Expert Senior

    The term "they don't make them like this anymore" is overused, but in this case maybe true.

    A combination of a spirit from the 50s with an outstanding sherrycask (nowadays it would be impossible for whisky merchants to get their hands on comparable casks from that era) can yield outstanding results.

    And in this case, G&M truly delivered a masterpiece.
    Intensity, complexity, and somehow the taste is even better than the already outstanding nose.

    In terms of a Scotch from a sherrycask, it would be nearly impossible to top this imho.

    The only downside is the price: ~160€ per dram is already insane, but good luck getting this even at this price.
    • Nose
      96 96
    • Taste
      97 97
    • Finish
      97 97

  4. foxboro did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Some ratings from the famous whisky bloggers:
    Angus 94
    Serge 94
    Ruben 95

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