...and of course, they did! This is old sherry-matured Glen Grant at its best age (around 25-years) without any flaws or off-notes. It offers everything any lover of old-style sherry maturations can request and all in a beautiful balance. It is still powerful and lush despite its rather low abv of 40% only. May this dram bring better luck to the year 2021 than it did to Andrew and Sarah!
The colour is russetmuscat and the nose offers the most perfect old-school sherry-malt-wood profile I came across since years. All the adorable aromas are there, I cannot name a single one that is missing even after a long search. There are lots of interesting fruits like oranges, passion fruits, mango, papaya and figs beside herbs (camphor, mint, eucalyptus), spices (peppers, parsley, Maggie), some smoke (!), honeys, waxes, leather, toffee, even some phenolic impressions (in a Glen Grant, wow!) and and and... This is what I call an unbelievably complex profile which can be explored for hours and still I find new impressions from time to time. I guess a trained nose can easily identify 50+ different aromas in here, triple wow! That is why I count Glen Grant to the Top Ten of the greatest distilleries in the world - this malt matures in dignity and builds incredible complex profiles over time (like Springbank, Bowmore, Brora/Clynelish or Highland Park to name a few others from different regions).
The taste is multi-layered and almost of the same high complexity as the nose. It is a pleasure to chew it and go for the different impressions one after the other. In addition to the flavours already mentioned in the nose I find marzipan, rum, coconuts, bananas, raisins, chocolate (different types from dark to milk) and and and... Everything is superb and in perfect harmony to each other (obviously better than the Prince and the Duchess were, sorry Royals!). A salute to whoever created this masterpiece both during distillation in 1959/60 and when vatting the casks in 1986 - this is whisky close to perfection!
The initial mouthfeel is very satisfying with a creamy, almost silken texture which covers the mouth instantly. There are some minor drying moments from the wooden tannins but these are rather welcomed given the overall sweet profile. The finish is medium to long and adds another surprise which leaves me flabbergasted as I never found this in a Speyside dram so far - a truly salty impression (no, I am not kidding!). How come phenols and salt into Glen Grant - did they use some island peat back in 1959/60? This is very interesting, indeed. Both mouthfeel and finish are far from being weakish due to the low abv - even at 40% they offer lush and powerful impressions (thanks to an almost perfect wooden backing). Water is not needed.