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Glen Grant 1959 & 1960 GM

Overall rating
91.64/100
votes
60
Whiskybase ID
WB17928
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Special Vatting to commemorate marriage of Prince Andrew to Miss Sarah Ferguson
Vintage
10.1959 & 02.1960
Bottled
1986
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
50 ml 750 ml
Added on
01 Sep 2010 9:43 pm

Average value

€ 837.67

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Whisky Reviews for Glen Grant 1959 & 1960 GM

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.64 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    [January, 2021] What is the right dram for the first tasting session of 2021? This is a tricky choice given the high expectations everyone projects on this (hopefully) post-pandemic year. After carefully screening my sample library I picked this dram - what else than a wedding provides more hope and trust into the future? And I am pretty sure Gordon&MacPhail did a marvellous job in creating the perfect malt to celebrate a royal marriage...

    ...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!
    • Nose
      96 96
      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).
    • Taste
      95 95
      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!
    • Finish
      93 93
      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.

  2. whiskycuse did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Nose: Old, noble wood, a lot of dried fruit, fruit bread, marzipan and apricot jam, ripe strawberries. Very aromatic, frankincense, fine malt and subtle flowery. The aroma makes an incredibly balanced impression, the individual impressions are very closely interwoven, not easy to decipher them. But maybe it does not have to be, because it just makes such a round and coherent impression that I do not like to pick it apart.

    Mouth: Gentle, noble, soft, fine wood, very slender on the tongue. Here, too, malty notes, dried fruit, walnut and delicate vanilla. Also a bit spicier over time, although the oak tree tends to stay in the background. Nice elegance, if a little impressive.

    Finish: Medium long, noble, spicy and slightly bland towards the end.

    Conclusion: In itself a very good whisky, especially in the scent. In the taste and especially on the finish a bit thin. A few volume percent more would do fine.

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  3. ctu scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Another glorious, old, spicy GG, where the 40% ABV works well.
    • Nose
      Sherry, dried fruits, honey, caramel, milk chocolate, tobacco, antique leather and ginger.
    • Taste
      Sherry, herbals, citruses, apple compote, honey, orange peel, pineapple, pepper and camphor.
    • Finish
      Long, spicy, bittersweet.

  4. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Fantastically full of malt, would have expected more vintage flavors that would tarnish the whole thing a bit.
    • Nose
      Muddy apple compote, peat pear, very oldschool and coarse, but surprisingly light aromas for vintage vintage, dark caramel, milk chocolate, soft leather, apricot jellies, well balanced, full of honey, lavender, green tea, camphor, cardamom, ginger, lemon grass, yellow Plum, tobacco and a few nuts
    • Taste
      Strong for the 40%! Milk chocolate, baked apple, herbal room, camphor, cardamom, nutmeg, cinnamon, hints of eucalyptus, full honey, leather, vanilla, pineapple, mango, orange zest, berry compote, red apple, licorice, brown sugar, toffee, glazed pear, chocolate pudding
    • Finish
      Dry, slightly bitter, dark malt, hazelnuts and walnuts, apple peel, pepper, licorice and oak

  5. checkpointuk scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    http://kaypingers-whiskyblog.de/frontend/fullarticle.php?id=232 Color: Amontillado sherry
    Nose: Old, dull, but also lively at the same time. Coarse sea salt, red and black peppercorns, oranges, wood, floor wax, furniture polish and thick, rich aromas of old sherry. Add engine oil, the smell of freshly wrapped cigars and fine nut flavors. Fruity tingling and sometimes slightly pungent (and that with 40% !!!)
    Taste: Powerful, spicy and peppered with a bulging herb basket. At the beginning Eucalyptus, mint, chili and all kinds of nuts. Juicy raisins, orange peel, cinnamon, nutmeg, cayenne pepper are added - and again salty strikes. What a great taste!
    Finish: Long, even incredibly long for 40%. The distinctive spice now loses much of its power and the aroma structure changes into the tender-bitter. Wood (not necessarily of the highest quality) is added, as well as herbs, liquorice, coffee beans and bitter orange.
    Comment: Apart from the last part of the departure a real grenade!
    92 points (nose: 92 / taste: 94 / finish: 91)

  6. RL_whisky scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      88 88

  7. lincolnimp scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      92 92

  8. lincolnimp scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    This is a beautiful whisky like many older Glen Grants are, well worth looking for at auction.
    • Nose
      Lovely nose, old leather books, smokey sherry, blackcurrants and rich fruity Christmas cake.
    • Taste
       For 40% it has some power, the sherry is refined and it is moxed in with some very nice peat. It is also slightly sweet which enhances the profile. I get some fudge, definate rum and raisin notes, hints of coffee beans.
      Give it some time as the flavours keep coming.
      I now get a little toffee and faint hints of orange.
    • Finish
      Quite long, warming and very, very smooth.

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