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Overall rating
86.97/100
votes
35
Whiskybase ID
WB78995
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)
Bottling serie
Lychee Martini
Vintage
18.04.1988
Bottled
2016
Stated Age
27 years old
Casktype
Refill Ex-Sherry Butt
Casknumber
9.104
Number of bottles
504
Strength
55.5 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
29 Feb 2016 7:23 pm by John Barleycorn
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 151.03

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Whisky Reviews for Glen Grant 1988 SMWS 9.104

11 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.97 points

  1. Mannix65 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    The bottle title is program: "Lychee Martini".
    A wonderful complex drop, fruity and floral in combination with spices and well-integrated wood
    • Nose
      Dark forest honey, maple syrup, canned larks, subtle sherry notes, cranberries, spicy oak
    • Taste
      Spices, cinnamon, cardamom, thickened apple compote, quince marmalade, the sherry is more pronounced in the mouth, surrounded by wood notes
    • Finish
      long and spicy, bitter orange

  2. Tommyknocker scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    That's what an old refill sherry must taste. Complex and still tasty and wonderful drinkable. Lovely barrel! No water!
    • Nose
      Pure: a 27-year-old malt from a sherry barrel from the SMWS. Actually, I can stop here. A complex mixture of tropical fruit (mango, pineapple), spicy dark honey and slightly spicy oak, parsnip I like. The Glen Grant typical herbs and grass notes are far away perceptible. With water: becomes sparkling, citrus fruitier. Rather worse.
    • Taste
      Pure: juicy, flowery, fierce onset, slightly peppery spicy, elderberry syrup, green banana, Greek yoghurt with honey. The oak comes in waves behind, but always balanced, never disturbing. With water, it is also in the mouth a bit more common, say lemon with apple notes. Omitting.
    • Finish
      long, slightly darker fruit, only now you take the sherry true true.

  3. Mannix65 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  4. Achany scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Sweet, honey, some nuts, a hint of cinamon, sherry influence is there, nice, traces of nuts, fine spices, wonderful old whisky. Rhe mor time yit gets the higher is the award
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      86 86

  5. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    N: This refill sherry cask offers a relaxed/soft-matured malt with a decidedly aged & dusty-putty-fungal<dunnage profile with details of dusty raisins, lead soldiers [Ashley on fire once again], soggy-dry matches, olive=grape skin,.....
    T: Rich, very rich and extremely full bodied on the palate. The sherry is very very quiet. Paradoxically there’s more the illusion of bourbon cask maturation given the taste, and a semblance of first-fill cask use given the fullness - the abv contributing to that too. Overall it’s giving out a fruity-varnished, dry & tasty [bourbon]-sweet aged/cask-fungal persona with a particularly smaller, more detailed note of smouldering fireworks.
    F: More of that bourbon illusion, the sherry element of the cask rather insignificant - and that’s just fine. There is a good reason for this sherry=bourbon illusion, I'll see if i can find an article about it sometime soon - Ralfy mentioned it a few times too.
    C: Twenty seven fabulous years spent in a very good refill sherry [not bourbon] cask, a cask still with just the right amount of oomph. It’s refreshing to have a whisky come from a sherry refill that’s about the cask itself and not the cask’s previous contents. Blog

    Scores a B[-]

  6. John Barleycorn scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  7. Fight65 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  8. fritzbrause scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    great stuff! wonderful deep golden color. w h a t a n o s e! can't get my nose out of the glas. sweet and lingering aromas on the palate and a never ending finish. "old and dignified" - nuff said.

  9. Zumbar scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  10. FernetBranco scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

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