Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Stated Age
66 years old
Number of bottles
46.6 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
Wealth Solutions
Added on
16 may 2014 4:11 pm by PabloW
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 13200.00

17 × in wishlist

25 × member ratings

20 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Glen Grant 1948 GM

3 users have left 4 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 93.57 points.

  1. Mr.Sandwich did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Nose: smoother, richer and sweeter than
    expected. It’s quite subtle, very much bound together, but really
    exquisite. Lots of oily notes: precious old woods, hints of teak oil and
    eucalyptus. Soft fruity notes, like apples and orange blossom honey.
    Bergamot. Beeswax. Apricot jam. The polished oak is always there, but in
    a striking harmony. Lots of fresh mint. Faint toasted / smoky notes,
    almost hidden in the background. Mouth: almost immediately a gentle
    peppery heat coats the palate. Softly spicy rather than oaky. Huge notes
    of pipe tobacco and cigar boxes. Herbal tea. Still hints of bergamot
    oils and apricots. Cardamom and walnuts. Mint and eucalyptus. More
    savoury than the nose. Earl Grey tea. Soft resin. Some toasted notes in
    the background. Finish: very long echoes of the spice mix, with a little
    liquorice and menthol.
    Of course it’s oaky – but that doesn’t mean it’s dry or tannic. It’s a
    polished, exotic oakiness that works well alongside the rounder notes. I
    think the nose is delicious and the sappy palate surprisingly balanced.
    Even if you’ve tried 30 or 40 years old whiskies, this is hardly
    comparable. It’s a different drink, a different experience
    altogether and a style on its own.
    Score: 94/100

  2. Mr.Sandwich did not rate this whisky Expert Senior


    Colour: full gold. Nose: the opposite of the
    Strachan, with much more roundness and a pretty beehive-y profile, which
    isn’t unusual in old Glen Grants. Beeswax, honey, pollen, old wood.
    What’s really striking is this ‘Indian’ side, with some cashew sauce,
    soft curry sauce, coriander, lemon basil… Also touches of coconut oil,
    which may suggest the butt was made out of American oak. The ‘Indian’
    side is really fascinating, and very unusual (and wonderful.) Mouth:
    keyword is oaky balance. You feel the oak but you wouldn’t ask for less
    of it, which is a funny feeling. White pepper, quite a lot of
    eucalyptus, black Assam, white pepper, cinnamon, stewed peaches, honey
    sauce, chewing tobacco (as far as I can remember, I may have tried that
    thrice), then a little Greek retsina wine, certainly a little Chartreuse
    and lastly, notes of liquorice wood. It’s not often that ‘obvious’ oak
    tastes this good. A matter of balance indeed… Finish: rather long, a tad
    gritty now, with notes of chlorophyll and mint. Cough lozenges and
    cinnamon mints, then bitter oranges and pomegranates. Comments: a
    wonderful experience, unless you’re firmly against ‘obvious oak’. Loved
    the mentholated side – and hey, it’s more and more difficult to find
    whisky that’s older than this humble taster. SGP:471 - 91 points.

  3. autowatch092 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Colour: Dark amber
    Nose: Light wood smoke, apricot jam, dried papaya, honey, waxed leather, smoked toasted almonds, cardamom.
    Palate: Gooseberries, apricots, hints of pineapple, cake dough, mixed mild spices and wood tannins.
    Finish: Very long, dry and fruity with a whiff of smoke
    Overall: Some magnificent fruity aromas have developed over the decades but also the wood has had a significant influence. The driness is quite pronounced and kept just in check by the rich primary flavours.


  4. molar3rd scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Oh yea that’s the real deal. Old benches, Bookshelves and that old old and I mean old wood varnish feeling you get on such drams. I just love that profile. Mint. A hint of papaya and a a bit of earthy smokiness. Spiced wood kind of smoke. Candied pineapple. Cardamom and the faintest hint of balsamic. Yessir. Divine.

    Palate: Starts fruity, with Pineapple. Big time. Coconut and some more orchard fruit ( peach, plum) smoky nuts , spices and loads of dry seasoned wood. Majestic. Getting bitter espresso with cardamom towards the end. As dry as they get.

    Finish: Very dry. Fruit. Double espresso. Crushed Ethiopian coffee beans. Lots of wood and wood varnish.

    Bottom line:

    It’s superb. It’s divine. It’s excellent, and yes it’s woody. not too woody (for me that is). This is an EPIC dram. Can’t really describe in words the feeling you get when you’re given the chance of trying something so old from back then. I really don’t know how many of those bottles are EVER going to get opened and enjoyed, but I sure hope that the rich people who got to buy them will be smart enough as to enjoy them, and not only hang to them as an investment. They are worth drinking, and they should be enjoyed. Maybe not THE BEST dram I’ve tried, but pretty close to that.




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