Glen Grant Five Decades

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Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Number of bottles
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
04 may 2013 9:45 am

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€ 260.58

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Whisky reviews for Glen Grant Five Decades

18 users have left 19 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.32 points.

  1. JoshNRW scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Wow, in Germany you can get the whisky from 275 euros? That's a price increase for this really nice and rather modern Glen Grant...
    As a connoisseur whisky for 100 euros a great story, just like the 18-year-old Rare Edition (which is not sold out yet and is still available for 100 euros). Of course, at the current price, you couldn't enjoy it that much anymore.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Intense and clean aromas of modern Glen Grant Bourbon maturation with lots of barley sugar, light fruits and a lot of harmony. In fact, the proportion of old casks here gives off a little OBF of spicy sherry flavors. Unspectacular perhaps, but super harmonious, round and a whisky to enjoy.

      The longer it stands, the clearer the old sherry aromas come out. Subtle, but clearly perceptible - although that would also pass as old bourbon maturation. Very nice.
    • Taste
      89 89
      A nice sweetness from old and good young bourbon maturations, in between again a spicy bitterness from a small portion of older casks.
      Becomes a bit bitter the longer you wash the palate with it. But all in all, with the ripe fruit sweetness, the orange peel and the light malty aromas, this is a whisky that you would like to enjoy several drams of without analyzing too much.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Lots of oily Glen Grant distillate and a good mix of ripe barley sugar flavors and some wood. Whereby the sweetness is in the foreground here. The finish is at least medium-long and "sweet as sugar".

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  3. rich_93 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Glen Grant was the first distillery I visited together with my girlfriend. Must have been 2017/18, and I didn't have a lot of money to spend back then, being a poorly paid graduate. I remember asking the guide about the bottles they didn't open for the tasting, in response they oh-so-secretly poured me a dram of this and the 16yo from 1992 (WB6577) I remember both being some of the loveliest, lightest fruity-floral drams I've ever experienced - but five decades had the edge. Anyway, I walked away with a €100+ bottle of this and treasured every glass of it.

    I've never seen it for sale since but I hope that some day our paths will cross again - possibly my most romantic whisky moment.

  4. kanpai79 scored this whisky 86 points Specialist

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  5. Jpspecial scored this whisky 81 points Member Senior

    Lemoncello. Granny Smith apples. But of spice. Baked minced pie. Very fresh and floral.
    Taste loads of vanilla and spice.
    Can taste some old oak. Some age and complexity is there. Spice on the tongue and very chalky finish. Trecicle. Bourbon casks for sure. Better with water.
    Pleasant aftertaste.

  6. Sandman23 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  7. Cast Olila scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  8. Max70 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Fresh dram, ideal to open a journey in the whisky world with a group o friends in a summer evening.....
    • Nose
      87 87
      Sherry is present but is in harmony with other scents.... citrus and flowers .... fresh
    • Taste
      88 88
      White pepper, cinnamon, peach. Sweet and round in the mouth
    • Finish
      86 86
      RIch and sweet, with medium persistence.... refreshing....

  9. BehindSpace scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

  10. dRambo scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Full-bodied candy with a more subtle - rather hidden complexity that is especially evident in the nose and the finish - citrus-vanilla-rich yummy and easy to drink
    • Nose
      89 89
      Vanilla cream ice cream, citrus zest in a stir-cake dough, very creamy-oily-soft with flower influence, yellow melon, whipped cream with vanilla powder sugar
    • Taste
      89 89
      malty, lemon peel, sugared lemon, grapefruit peel, vanilla cream biscuits, green banana - slightly dry, sweet and oily - some pepper - pleasant spicy oak without bitterness - beautifully integrated and harmonious
    • Finish
      88 88
      Oatmeal cookies, lemon zest, ginger, wax and light oak flavors

  11. BXpress scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior


    Certainly interesting and not as accessable as i had thought it would be. Rather unsexy.
    • Nose
      Very oily and slightly vegetal. A little bit closed at first. Some barley and slightly lemony with a hint of pepper. Slightly on cider vinegar and thats pretty much it. It's solid but not very engaging.
    • Taste
      Starts slightly oily and pleasantly vinegary. This is rather clean spirit driven. No oak noticeable. Quite some overripe, almost rotten fruit in the development which is rather interesting. Getting drier towards the end.
    • Finish
      Quite long, sharp and rather dry with an underlying sweetness and some apples.

  12. hs305 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    [July, 2017]  I bought this bottle for 109 Euro in July, 2013.  As I know this stuff is easy drinkable I opened another bottle as an easy-to-sip summer dram (and to do a detailed review)...

    ...that is a perfect mid-summer night companion, greatly balanced and full of harmony - but no "oompf" or taste sensations, just a brilliant composed drinker's dram.  So enjoy it without "analysis paralysis" - that's what is was made for...

    [May, 2022] I opened another bottle that I bought for 85.50 Euro in December, 2019. Tonight it was after a session with several 92+points exceptional drams just to cool down for a good sleep. And guess what? This dram could stand the heat! No, it is not 90+points stuff but it is a full-bodied, easy drinking and enjoyable whisky perfectly suited for situations when your taste buds are somewhat over-sensitised from powerful drams. This Glen Grant is all an every-day dram should be: quaffable, not-demanding and not challenging to your taste buds. But keep in mind: You cannot impress your business partners with such a dram unless they never drank a single malt Scotch whisky before. So sip it with good friends you do not need to impress (anymore), or with visitors who never ventured into single malt before. I assure you they will love it, certainly.
    • Nose
      88 88
      The colour is jonquiripe corn and the texture shows slow legs and fat tears. The nose offers an old style barley-driven profile which is pleasantly against the current heavy (virgin) oaky bourbon-ish trend. I really like that (and to me it is much more quaffable than the bitter and astringent modern "woodsky" style).
    • Taste
      90 90
      The taste is barley sugary driven with nice fruity and floral flavours. No distracting or unpleasant notes, but more wooden structures than in the nose. Really nice, and as expected water is not needed as it flattens somewhat this beautiful composition.
    • Finish
      89 89
      The initial mouthfeel is warming and instantly coats the whole of the mouth - great spirit! The finish is long and without any bitter or astringent or drying moments, simply adorable. Great stuff to quaff without intellectual challenges. Remember what malt was produced for in the first place? No, it was not for investment or private collections.

  13. hs305 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    [August, 2013]  Together with friends I emptied a bottle that I bought for 105 Euro in June, 2013.

    [October, 2015]  Together with friends I emptied another bottle that I bought for 85 Euro in March, 2015.

    [January, 2018]  Upon request of a good friend I opened another bottle that I bought for 87 Euro in September, 2017.

    In 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 87,5 both times.  My notes state a very subtle and delicate dram with a delicious barley sugary driven profile.  Completely old-stylish - I like that!

  14. Whiskybayer scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  15. Andytka3 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    2nd Tried:- Jan 2017
    N- Vatted malts across five decades from the 60s for the special
    celebration. Green apple, candy floss, potpourri and incense wood.
    Fragrant, solid and elegant with loads of malts coatings, deliciously
    sweet, touch of cherry brandy zing, as well some spiky honey underlay. P- Mixed nuts, citrus fruit essence as well creamy melons, honey dew,
    toffee, some lychee and smokes lurking, beautifully complex.

    F- Medium, pickled ginger, pleasant and consistent throughout, creamy and spicy coats. Good stuff.
    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.


    First Tried:- Sep 2015 / Weighted Rate:- 82pt

    Over-ripe cherry notes. Zesty and warm honey. Lots of weight and rich
    on nose, filled with charms and simplicity. Just beautiful and brought u

    Palate:- Crisp, refine
    and smooth mouthfeel, unusually creamy dram from GG. Notably caramel
    upfront, follow by zesty orange and pleasant floral notes, a good
    continuity from the charms you get from the nose. Complex and a garden

    Finish:- Smooth with light kick at the back, medium length and faded away quickly. The exit cannot keep up the pace.

    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  16. lyndondd428 scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    N: compared to the other, it is more closed, more pungent, with a physiognomy perhaps even simpler but - certain - decidedly different. In fact, dominating here is a marked 'acidity' (but to the nose, acidity? Beasts!), Which is divided between white yogurt and lemon, in all forms. In general, the younger decade seems to emerge more, with yeasts and candies always lurking. Here and there, notes of malt and almonds that remind us of 5 years ... Not very expressive, to be honest. P: this is also consistent, but fortunately with some variation on the theme, especially as regards general impression and structure. Mind you: yeasts, acidity and candied fruit are there, but they are not the only instruments of the orchestra; on the contrary, it is enriched with more mature, sweet fruity notes, among many yellow apples and a hint of caramel. This mix of flavors is supported by the body, which makes them percussive and more pleasant. Ok the Glen Grant malt notes. F: acid and biscuit at the same time; clean but not very long

  17. Prof.Schoof did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    This Whisky was sold for 75 € at Whiskyauction in Apr. 2015

  18. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Some people may be misled to believe that this is a 50 year old whisky, but it certainly is not. Not that it's bad... It's malty, vanillic, and it really has no serious off notes that I can detect. The problem: it's also boring... it's ok to be boring, I guess, but not ok to be boring and priced like it's something premium.

  19. Titi94 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Tasting Notes by FWS:

    Color: Light golden barley.

    Aroma: A rich and supple marriage of vanilla, honey and Olorososherry.

    Taste: A wonderful mouthfeel of orange blossom and honey. Intensely creamy, with sweet toffee and soft raisin fruit.

    Final: Supple and fruity aftertaste.

  20. Erik Elixir did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    A single malt specially crafted by Master Distiller Dennis Malcolm to

    celebrate and pay homage to his 5 decades of experience with Glen

    This Unique Selection of the Finest Vintages is the marriage

    of the most valuable Glen Grant casks from the past 5o years, carefully

    hand-selected to deliver the distinctive smooth, fruity and rich taste

    experience for which Glen Grant is renowned.


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