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Whisky Reviews for Glen Calder 1949 GM
3 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.33 points
- ...a different opinion by Serge from whiskyfun. He says "superb. Really old style whisky de salon, only the low power makes it a tad too uncontemporary" and scores 89 points which is very high by his standards of that (early) times.
- N: After three powerful 40%’ers [WB, WB & WB], this is a soft and flat one. Would G&M bottle a frail 40yo [blend or otherwise] at 40% in 2016? Soft fruit juice [tropical punch], vanilla-butter biscuits,.peanut butter, set honey, some yeasty cardboard, smoky=peaty oak? - but its the fruit punch and vanilla that sticks, almost candy sweet, which i’ll come to later.
T: Surprisingly bolder on the palate, but still?! The oak is very well behaved,… allowing the fruits to run. It’s a fully integrated vatting, as in all those layers have been compressed,… like MDF. Theres a heathery toasted-ness covering the whole presentation alongside a light, sweet cream [sign of age of course] but accompanied equally by a tartness too, albeit light. On the other hand this is rather elegant considering all the factors. Theres a sweet spot entering the finish, thats the highlight - the overall taste and mouthfeel.
F: Dry oak yes, but then more fruit notes - ‘Chewits’ candy like and vanilla cream. Earthy-burnt oak at the death with a little powdered creamy milk. Yeah, it’s good. Tell you something - an hour after i finished the glass and the empty glass still emits the stuff, with a similar intensity!!
C: I’ve only tried fourteen 40yo’s before in my life, the majority of which have been stunning. This is a decidedly lacklustre and largely uneventful old timer - full of depth but overly compressed and flattened. How much Glen 40yo+ do G&M have to be vetting these bottles? On the other hand, there are lovely touches. I read Slick’s review regarding this whisky before i bought it and hoped he was wrong but, I now concur with him wholeheartedly in his conclusion. Real shame - all those old [1940’s] casks amalgamated. Were the sum of it’s parts really less than the finished article?
Scores a B[-]
- The only thing that suggests and by suggesting i mean very slightly, that this bottling is a 40yo blend is the finish. Drying and a slightly oaky, but not as you would imagine.
Nose : absolutely the same as with a wide varierty of the CC G&M bottlings. Dusty and a bit oily. The taste doesn't suggest that this is a 40yo bottling. Not at all, i would rather say it reminds about 95% if i have to be exact like this, of the CC bottlings in the range of 14 to 20yo ones.
This also does remind alot of the Royal marriage vattings of G&M.
However i don't find any good complexity here and it's far from i would have imagined it would be like before i popped the bottle.
Lacks the power of a 40yo bottling, feels a bit flat with not very much going on the nose, nor the palate...But cmon it's a blend...although i expected a bit more here.
I would recommend to skip this one, i don't believe it would meet the expectations of the majority of matured drams lovers.