Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
R. W. Duthie & Co. (RWD)
Calculated age
14 years old
3 Sherry Hogsheads
Number of bottles
59.0 % Vol.
750 ml
Bottled for
Italy Italy
Added on
19 dec 2010 2:04 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 1257.00

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93 × member ratings

33 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Glen Grant 1969 RWD

11 users have left 11 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 93.25 points.

  1. vlad78 scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Excellent sherry profile. Powerful, multi-faceted and multi-layered. Assertive and noble.
    • Nose
      I imagine dark silk developing in a warm room of an Italian Palazzo. Velvet pillows. A distinct sherry profile. Candied plum jam, dried tea rose, walnut jam, dark and warm raisins. Oak, the inside of the leather upholstery of an old chair that has just been roughly torn. Lacquer. With a drop of water, it became sharper, the sweet tones dropped lower.
    • Taste
      From sweet prune jam, the taste goes to aggressive, bright varnish, oak, pepper, and a fireball-as if hot cotton candy was shoved into your mouth. The taste feels all the same tones as in the aroma. With a drop of water, the taste became sweeter, the high degree and the accompanying aggression receded.
    • Finish
      A beautiful, velvety and noble aftertaste with notes of leather, the dryness of a tobacco leaf and the sweetness of prune jam. Amazing balance!

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  3. Horror_Vacui scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Coffee, heavy raisiny and chocolate-y nose.
    On the palate a tad too dry for my taste, but very thick on the tongue, coating mouthfeel. Pine, raisins, dark fruit.
    The Finish unfortunately is disappointingly Medium long, grassy and quite drying.

    Nevertheless really great stuff

  4. SimonOHA scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    A woodworking masterclass. Can aromas be as powerful as they are elegant? The answer is in the glass.
    • Nose
      Old dust in a century-old library whose wood is regularly varnished. Old dry leather armchairs. A dense wooden hand in an elegant velvet glove. Coffee caramel. Mild camphor on oxidation.
    • Taste
      Monstrously good mouthfeel. Dried fruits wrapped in eucalyptus leaves. Camphorated and medicinal wood juice. A bit of rubber with a tar smoke. Pepper and cloves.
    • Finish
      Chocolate and salted butter caramel finish, the wood delicately returns in small touches, as if it did not accept to disappear for too long. Nutshell.

  5. pere scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    It's a bit too woody to be the perfect old style sherry, but we are getting quite close.
    • Nose
      Old style sherry nose, sweetish spices, a bit of pencil shavings, a hint of flowers.
    • Taste
      Sweet spices, a bit of oak, a bit of fresh sherry fruits, menthol, gets fruitier with water.
    • Finish
      A bit more oak and pencil shavings, tannin, sweet spices, you can feel the bitterness on your gums.

  6. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Pencil shavings, dark fruits, toffee herbs, excellent sherry

  7. detachedblue scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    This is simply too oaked, doesn't feel natural, maybe just this bottle...
    • Nose
      New oak, quite heavy oaky sherry, but still old-style, thick salted caramel, pine needles, herb medicine, very typical Cadenhead's stock.
    • Taste
      Huge new oak, huge huge camphor, jammy, hot and spirity, salty sherry, some dark chocolate.
    • Finish
      Long, new oak, banana cream.

  8. Derekyu928 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    GLENGRANT 1969-1984 SAMAROLI 59%
    Matured in: SHERRY WOOD CASKS
    one of 720 bottles

    Old sherry, caramel, coffee, leather, antique furniture, plums and raisins, slightly but noble nuance sherry, slightly earthy, burnt oats, brown sugar, herbs, dark tea, rich and euphoric.

    ・ Taste:
    Rich and thick old sherry when drinking, old leather and woodyness, dried fruit, raisin vines, celery bouquet garni, prunes-like sweetness, tannin astringent astringency, moderate spicy, Burnt wheat, withered peat, very rich, complex and powerful. The complexity and euphoria that expands steadily are amazing. Full body.

    ・ Reverb:
    Noble sherry fruit and tannin astringency remain for a long time. Sweetness is not sticky due to astringency. Slightly spicy, long and comfortable.

    ・ Hydro:
    It's gentle on the whole, but the complexity remains the same. A dry malty, such as SAMAROLI's GLENGRANT1963, comes out of the aroma and taste. It is very delicious even with water. Tannins also eased, and the lingering euphoria remains unchanged.

    ・ General comments:
    There are old fruity intricate fruity and old leather, and you can feel the burnt malty. It is astringent but powerful and powerful. The thickness of neat is hard to throw away, but the euphoria after hydration is also wonderful.

  9. HwiskyNut scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

    GLEN GRANT, Samaroli, 1969-1984, 59.0%, Sherry Casks

    Absolutely amazing molt. The first nose was misunderstood and I felt a complete disappointment, just waited for this moment, and at the exit ... the dominant sherry, even if old Makallan, but why is there so much of it?

    But, Lord, what happened to the hammer in 20 minutes! He began to reveal his secrets, as if the Samarkand concubine was throwing his heavy dresses onto dusty carpets in the Turkish tent, one after another: a summer loft with dried fruits and herbs, then the sticky leather of an old chair in a wood closet, then a huge library of dusty books untouched for centuries, then heavy gold bars and antique linen with thick cracked paints, then dried cherries and plums in the stuffy kitchen and at the end a wooden diner table at noon, filled with sweet coffee.

    The adhesive tape is so powerful, assertive and multifaceted that I was already shaken by his strength, now I understand why for the first 20 minutes he didn’t want to communicate with me at all. Water (5 drops) rounds the molt, reveals its more tender sides (even some heavy floral aromas make their way), but then it fades faster.
    I drank the next dram without water: I was digging in it for more than an hour and every 5 minutes that I brought the core, the molt transformed to disgrace, reincarnating with every vulture. What is most striking is that these metamorphoses occurred very clearly pronounced, without any semitones or hints.

    Here is the complete opposite of the previous Girich, who fascinated with his sea haze of freedom ... then on the contrary, the suffocation of dusty golden palaces, but she is magically mesmerizing as the tale Shakherazady and even with Shakherazada itself after her tales.

    It is difficult to express this power and at the same time the delicacy of each instrument entering its part from a high note, but let it be a favorite classic, for example, with its overture to “Abduction from Séral” https://youtu.be/akHXs32GceI, where in a huge orchestra alternately give a note to each instrument and I feel like a small conductor standing in the middle of Glenkern, inside the harmony of divine melodies, flying around me in a glass that I have in my palms. And this multi-layeredness, like a dream in a dream, tears away from the outcome and I am drowning in limbo, where time flows infinitely slowly, then slows down and comes back ... and through the mist of time you can see some kind of young Italian who without proficiency in the language and without money in your pocket, in dark unlit basements on some big island on the edge of the world, surrounded by harsh northern guys, chooses some barrels with an absolutely incomprehensible to the world drink. It is so mesmerizing that I can no longer understand where the reality for which I clung so few minutes ago, and whether it is needed now at all.

    The brilliant Silvano Samaroli! The brilliant people who created this masterpiece Molt and I don’t know by what patience and meek wisdom you deserve God's grace, but the Lord himself certainly touched these barrels.

    24 + 25 + 24 + 23 = 96

  10. hs305 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    [April, 2008]  I had this dram during a MaRa rarities tasting at Limburg.

    my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50
    - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 92,5.  Unfortunately my detailed notes were lost.

  11. Slick did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Glen Grant 1969/1984 (59%, Samaroli, 3 hogsheads, 720 bottles) Colour: amber. Nose: this one is unusually spirity (yeah I saw the ABV), harsh, very grassy, with heavy notes of lees, red wine and cherry stem tea. Not very pleasant I’m afraid but I’m sure water will help mucho. With water: gets a little cleaner and smokier as well, but not really any more aromatic. A little more mint, though, as well as a little leather. Hints of peat. Did they sometimes peat Glen Grant in 1969? Mouth (neat): wham-bam-bim-a-la-dong! It’s all pretty much higgledy-piggledy when undiluted, even if less so than on the nose. I believe very old Glen Grants can be superb at 40 to 50% vol., but they may lack oxygen when climbing higher. With water: water works a little better than on the nose, bringing out more spices but other than that it’s hard to say this one improved a lot. A little peat once again, but less than on the nose. Finish: rather long, unexpectedly grassy and paraffiny. Herbal liqueur, Underberg. Comments: Mr Samaroli was unbeatable in those years, but he’s human. And humans fail sometimes. SGP:362 - 82 points.

    -Serge at whiskyfun.com

  12. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85


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