Overall rating
88.53/100
votes
49
Whiskybase ID
WB196629
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
The Whisky Agency (TWA)
Vintage
04.1998
Bottled
2021
Stated Age
23 years old
Casktype
Sherry Butt
Casknumber
49295
Number of bottles
467
Strength
53.2 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottled for
10th Anniversary Sansibar
Added on
20 nov 2021 12:10 am by Whisky-Maniac-DE
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 323.35

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Whisky reviews for Glen Grant 1998 TWA

11 users have left 11 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.53 points.

  1. Dris scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    A rather sulphury whisky; hot, rushed distillate. If you get the amount of water just right, the palate is quite pleasant, and fruity, bringing the overall score up to 86. Otherwise:
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

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  3. Tordeaux scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  4. geriud scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  5. JoshNRW scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    The key data are a dream, because Glen Grant is currently my favorite distillery, the whisky here is 23 years old and was bottled at 52.7%.

    I liked the whisky very much the first time and I really wanted to try it again in peace to write a note. The first impression was confirmed and I'm sure it's one of those drams that gets even better on the second or third dram and reveals even more if you drink it consciously and with concentration. Many notes are subtle rather than blunt.
    • Nose
      91 91
      91.5
      The nose is a dream of wonderfully soft, harmonious, round and oil-waxy aromas. The sherry influence is subtle, sweet and not comparable to today's sherry boards.
      Notes of honey and the typical Glen Grant fruitiness are also present.
    • Taste
      90 90
      90.5
      The start is intense, again very balanced and varied. Here is a perfect interplay between the fruitiness, the sweet sherry influence and the woody notes of the 23 years in the cask.

      The bitterness of the oak influence is super good and fitting for this mature malt. The whisky is not too set and not too fresh - this is just a fairly perfect round malt and lives up to expectations. The sherry influence is not at all heavy-handed or simple, yet it is noticeable from start to finish.
    • Finish
      91 91
      The finish is long and not too intense or bitter. Again, the creaminess is outstanding and testifies to the very good distillate that I think is so typical of Glen Grant.

  6. notesofmalt scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    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)

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  7. TechnOBY scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  8. Mapl scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  9. hs305 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    [January, 2021] I had a cask sample of this dram during the European Championship football game Portugal - Germany on June 19th, 2021, together with more than two dozen of other cask samples all provided by Carsten from TWA (thank you again!). Both the game (Germany won 4-2) and the samples were very interesting and a perfect fit this night. This Glen Grant ended up as my personal favourite that night (together with a 31-years old Balblair which was sold for 699 Euro initial shop price later) - and I always wondered why this was not sold in time.

    So, now this is understandable as it was saved for the 10th anniversary of the fine independent bottler Sansibar and this is a worthy dram for such an event, no doubt. But the prices still go crazy these days and from my discussions with Carsten and other whisky importers there seems to be no end in sight for this ongoing whisky bubble as virtually the whole world is searching for my beloved drink (when the quality is good)...

    ...and the quality of this dram is excellent. This is a perfect modern sherry maturation with all the great characteristics of the old stuff - except that the sherry's flavour profile is different to that of the past (but is fine too). This is another proof that the excellent Glen Grant malt and a high-quality sherry cask are a perfect fit at any time.

    A word of caution: I like such balanced and complex maturations much more than most of today's rather simple but powerful "monster malts". So if you prefer the modern whisky zeitgeist of extreme drams shy away from such old-style profiles - and leave them to me (and to all connoisseurs who go for subtleness and harmony).
    • Nose
      91 91
      The colour is russetmuscat and the nose offers a delicate and subtle sherry profile which demands some patience before it fully opens up. So take your time and let this dram breath for at least 20 minutes, better more. After that both the sherry and the malt contribute the best aromas they could offer to a balanced and delicious profile. No, this is not a sherry monster (and that is great, at least to me!) but a perfect modern sherry maturation. Not a single off-note and malt, sherry and wooden aromas in perfect harmony, exactly what I like most. After around 30 minutes the profile has developed fully.
    • Taste
      93 93
      The taste is multi-layered on all aspects of the holy whisky trinity malt, wine and wood in great balance. Surprisingly, it is not the sherry which pops up first but the malt can not wait to present its delicious flavours to my taste buds instantly upon arrival. And the malt flavours are very, very tasty in this setting, I swear! But soon thereafter the sherry joins in and creates a delicious combo together with the malt. The wood takes its time to show up but it does powerful in the third layer and instantly tames the dominance of the sweet malt and wine with bitter-spicy flavours. Altogether this is a winning recipe, and again I do not detect any flaw or imbalance. Wow, this taste is flabbergasting - if you prefer such delicate and balanced drams over the "spiked sherry monsters" like I do.
    • Finish
      90 90
      The initial mouthfeel is warming with an instantly coating texture covering all parts of my mouth within seconds. There are some bitter moments from strong tannins but these are not really distracting, rather enjoyable in combination with all the sweet malt and sherry. The finish is long and adds more herbal-waxy impressions which enhance the already great profile further. There is a minor cardboardy moment minutes after the last sip went down the throat which is a little distracting - but only if you do not re-sip fast enough. Water opens up the nose further and releases a lot of additional impressions both in the nose and on the palate. I like this dram both neat and reduced at different levels (my favourite abv is at about 46%). By the way, this reduction eliminates most of the unpleasant cardboardy moment at the end of the finish, too.

  10. WantsWhisky scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  11. Wolf68 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  12. kanpai79 scored this whisky 91 points Specialist

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

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