Glen Grant 59 yo 1955/2015 (60.8%, Gordon & MacPhail for LMDW, Book of Kells, 1st fill sherry hogshead, cask #845)
A winner of a Gold Medal at the Malt Maniacs Awards 2014. I’ve just
seen that it’s still available, for one tenth of the price of the
Mortlach 75 yo. Oh and did you notice the incredible strength after
almost 60 years in wood? Colour: coffee. Nose: chocolate everywhere.
We’re wandering throughout a chocolate factory, while they’re making
both thin mints and marmalade-filled chocolates. All this chocolate
would never go away – good news – but other aromas appear, such as
blackberry jelly, peonies, blood oranges, black cherries, and pipe
tobacco. No gunpowder, no bacon. With water: thin mints, really. After
Eights, then slate and the blackest, fattest, dampest pipe tobacco. All
black in there. And some menthol, as expected once again.
(neat): smashes you with grey pepper, cardamom, cloves and cinnamon,
then hyper-concentrated marmalade and, once again, truckloads of black
chocolate. And coffee, Gauloise, all that. A bit, cough, cough, strong…
At 59 years of age! With water: beautifully mentholy and fruity.
Definitely oriental, with some orange blossom, cloves, pomegranates,
sweet curry sauce, then litres of artisan hot chocolate and coffee.
Crunching just-roasted coffee beans. Finish: long, always extremely
chocolaty, with a marmalady signature and always a little menthol.
Bitter oranges, a touch of cardamom again. Comments: I was afraid this
baby would be too drying and flat, since other 1955s had been a little
weak, but that wasn’t the case at all, was it! I’m sure this spectacular
baby would cure just anything. Just not malt mania. SGP:561 - 92 points.