Glen Grant 1998 - 2021, 23 years, 53.2% alc. Bottler: The Whisky Agency / 10th Anniversary Zanzibar. Expansion: Sherry Butt No. 49295
Nose: Chocolate and really intense. Dark chocolate, cocoa powder, nougat. This is followed by cherry liqueur and blueberry jam before it becomes aromatic for Christmas. Spekulatius, apple compote spiced with cinnamon, gingerbread on a wooden tray.
Palate: Full-bodied and intense, but also with a sour spiciness. Chocolate with hazelnuts and marzipan, but also contains some pepper and ginger. Orange marmalade, cinnamon and leather follow. Towards the end, the spiciness comes back and is carried by cayenne pepper.
Finish: Very long and dry, tingly hot. Dry oak, walnuts, dried apricots, cinnamon and pepper.
Conclusion: The nose starts out wonderfully and I was also able to collect many positive impressions on the palate and on the finish, but the sharp aromas reinforce the impression of immaturity. With water, this Glen Grant is much more pleasant. I personally always drink whisky the way it was filled in the bottle, at least the bottler had something in mind, but here a few drops were really necessary. Not a bad single malt, definitely not. 85/100 points (2022)