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Glen Grant 18-year-old

Overall rating
86.28/100
votes
283
Whiskybase ID
WB83398
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Rare Edition
Bottled
2016
Stated Age
18 years old
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
LR0/FD 05
Barcode
8000040630382
Added on
06 Jun 2016 12:30 pm by holborndrinker
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 124.47

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Whisky Reviews for Glen Grant 18-year-old

51 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.28 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    [October 2017]  Again good old Jim surprised the whole of the whisky community with his "Whiskies of the Year 2017".  The winner is not relevant to me (as so often) because I do neither like bourbon nor rye whiskys at all (I am just a malt head that is not into heavy wooden notes).  So I am interested in the second (Irish) and third place (Scotch) and to make it more interesting I do this in a head-to-head setting.  It is this Glen Grant versus the 21-years old Redbreast (WB id 78096).

    Both drams are quite nice and flawless, of course.  But again the Bourbon-lover Jim selected his preferred profile not just as the winning whisky but for the second place, too (what else should he do?).  The Redbreast is a very bourbon-style Irish while the Glen Grant is a typical delicate and subtle Scotch.  Both will not rock the whisky world (as most of Jim's favourite drams) but are examples of carefully crafted drams.  But that is what Jim preferres...
    • Nose
      89 89
      The Grant is of a pale gold and the Redbreast of an amber colour. The texture of the Redbreast shows medium fast legs and small late sticky tears while the Grant shows a fatter oiliness with late slow legs and fat sticky tears. The Redbreast's nose offers a typical Irish fruity profile within a strong wooden setting and some hints of sherry aromas. I like that but it is not earth-moving. The Grant's nose is less fruitier but on a very nice green apples and peaches profile (almost like a cider). It is nicely balanced with the wooden and barley aromas, very subtle and delicate. Both are very good but I like the Grant a little more than the Irish.
    • Taste
      88 88
      The Redbreast offers a somewhat bourbon-ish taste profile, too. Heavy wooden notes combine with sweet sherry flavours and a lot of fruity aromas. Actually, I like that combo because it is balanced and powerful. The Grant is much more delicate here on barley sugars, spices, herbs and fruits in a quite complex profile. Nicely balanced too but less powerful than the Irish. Instead it is multi-layered and offers more impressions the longer you chew it. Both are really good but very different and I go for a draw on this dimension. Some water turns the Redbreast even more bourbon-ish (stronger wooden flavours both in the nose and on the palate) and because I am not a Bourbon fan I like the balanced neat dram more. The Grant releases more aromas and flavours with water added and gets smoother (but less powerful, too). I like to nose the Grant reduced and drink it neat.
    • Finish
      89 89
      The Grant arrives coating and a little peppery on the palate with no distracting moments. The mouthfeel of the Redbreast is less coating and more hot with some minor astringent feelings due to heavy tannins. It is more that of a Bourbon than of an Irish whisky. Guess what I like more. The Grant offers a long and sticky finish that nicely vanishes in waves without any distracting moment. It is more fruitier than the taste. The Redbreast has a medium long finish basically on the same profile as is the taste. The woods are even stronger here and the fruits hide in the background. Nevertheless very enjoyable but I like the Grant again better on this dimension.

  2. Moses scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Whatever it was. I'll buy a bottle at the next bargain. I had received a random sample of it (thanks André) and was completely surprised at first. This malt has a unique selling point. You love him or you hate him. I can't get it out of my head. As expensive as the Talisker, it is easy for me at the PLV border. Difficult number. The 10cl were definitely not enough for me. I want more. Addendum 09/2020: In the meantime house whisky.
    • Nose
      A nose that amazes. How often do I have to sniff before I can describe it. I'll start with delicious, fine, light, spring is coming. Lemongrass with malt and grain!?. Light oranges and a little apples hidden behind the 18 years. I even suddenly stand on the flower meadow. Wow. Respect.
    • Taste
      The texture is great. Oily and charming, it feels soft but still powerful over the mouth. He presses on it powerfully without a break. For 43% ... respect. This is a malt to enjoy. The finish is buttery with biscuit notes and slightly nutty. I don't have to play with water and have the pure whisky experience. I like it a lot. unicorn
    • Finish
      Unfortunately, the finish doesn't quite hold what I had hoped for. Therefore it sticks to me under the 88. But that is complaining at a high level! I can refill. And that's exactly what I need a whole bottle for! Thank you Glen Grant. Great.

  3. StyrianSpirit scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Great thing. Wonderful scent, the fruitiness is really overwhelming. And that he is quickly "gone", the Glen Grant, is also true.
    • Nose
      Very fine - a beautiful green apple and a small pear lie, fresh from the tree, in the meadow. It blooms and hums and smells.
    • Taste
      The fruitiness continues in the mouth, complemented by delicate vanilla. The alcohol is barely noticeable, the fruit remains. The second sip makes it more intense.
    • Finish
      A short finish, the second time the memory of Chloräpfel longer in the mouth. Disappear as fast as a beautiful early summer evening.

  4. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    What a surprise, that's really good, I would not have expected that right now ... 120 € I probably would not spend it anyway (is extremely rare and limited, whatever that means), but ... saulecker. And the scent ... refill right away ...
    • Nose
      wow, I smell it already when opening the bottle, flowery, juicy, fresh-fruity, grapefruit, pineapple, cider, a hint of bitter lemon ... in the background a subtle, aromatic-woody note
    • Taste
      sweet and malty, first caramel, almonds, then cocoa, intense and velvety ... fruitiness is there too, slightly bitter - here and there a splash of grapefruit and lime
    • Finish
      long, warm and dry, velvety-peppery, nutella and some grapefruit

  5. Totoro scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Fairly competent, but at 18 years of age, it's just too sharp and bitter/sour overall. In my impression, this sharpness is mainly down to some pretty punchy oak, which needs to be tamed with water to coax out its full potential. But be careful: it runs the risk of going soft very quickly, as the 43% don't offer much in the way of "dilution reserves".
    There are other GG OBs out there with a better price-to-performance ratio (I'm looking at you, WID 122416)...
    • Nose
      87 87
      Very astringent and acerbic without water. Mineralic, tart, steely, citrus-sour, with a spicy kick from the oak. Unripe pineapple, grapefruit... Still good, but a bit harsh and unyielding. Water is much needed here, revealing vegetal notes (rocket salad), beautiful florals (peonies, lilies, rosewater), and a lush creaminess that was altogether missing before: vanilla custard, sunflower oil, almond paste. I'd say 86 points without water and 88 with water, so let's settle on the middle.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Undiluted, it's pretty peppery and sour. Little sweetness, and the fruits are limited to the citrus varieties. However, with a few drops, it opens up nicely and yields an array of high-class bourbon-cask flavors and a lovely pronounced spiciness at the death.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Short to medium at best, with a good balance of spirit and crisp American oak.

  6. triskal83 scored this whisky 82 points Member Junior

    Greetings from Tennessee

    Either they were very active Tennessee Bourbon barrels or there was still something in there.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Errr? How long have you been making a single malt and then performing charcoal mellowing?
    • Taste
      82 82
      I accidentally mixed an Aberlour 15 with Elijah Craig, somehow reminds me of it.

      The second sip improves, lemon, sweet white wine, malt, maple syrup.
      Still, it shakes me a little while drinking .....
    • Finish
      81 81
      It will not get better....
      God I'm glad I only had a 5cl sample of it ...

  7. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Trial Olympics 2019 # 4
    • Nose
      Pear, apple, melon, malty - grains, citrus, grassy and later oily.
    • Taste
      Pear, malty, pink glaze of Dutch pastry (tompouce), fresh acid notes and pine apple. It has the characteristically oily note of Irish whisky.
    • Finish
      Apple, fruit syrup and citrus.
      Quite some bite given the 43% ABV.

  8. KayMeertens scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
      Vanilla, sweet lime, honey, grass, galia melon, orange and apple.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Lime, hay, smoke, vanilla, orange, apple and pepper. It doesn't suffer much from its low ABV.
    • Finish
      85 85
      More smoke. Malt, vanilla, apple and a little caramel.

  9. malthead-sven scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    Age is important, but not everything! Here I seriously ask where the 18 years have stayed. Many good barrels have probably not found their way into this whisky. Since I take the issue price in the rating, this unfortunately does not get too high a rating from me.
    • Nose
      dry muesli with raisins, cereals, balisto chocolate bars, pears and malt are behind it, all rather restrained, lemons and limes, away a thought of red and white candy canes, linen oil
    • Taste
      slightly pungent (not from alcohol), grassy, little volume overall
    • Finish
      first slightly sour, then he pulls down warming, relatively long with woodruff

  10. Andytka3 scored this whisky 68 points Connoisseur

    N- Apple, juicy tinned fruits, butterscotch, toffee and honey. Light sandalwood lurking which is quite nice, but evolved to sticky syrupy cooked pear, then solvent...cloying soapy and spicy zest, narrowing out. (82/17)

    P- Beer-ish, bitter ale, rather bold with spicy edges, hefty wood that seems hard to get along well with the fruity side of it. (81/17)

    F- Medium, that is the ale part that I quite like, touch of fruits which just fine, but overly solvent and cloying oak that quite turn off. (82/17)

    Body/Balance- 82/17. Rich and bold on structure, but can't get the balance side of it.

    Weighted Rate- 68pt
    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      N- Apple, juicy tinned fruits, butterscotch, toffee and honey. Light sandalwood lurking which is quite nice, but evolved to sticky syrupy cooked pear, then solvent...cloying soapy and spicy zest, narrowing out. (82/17)
    • Taste
      P- Beer-ish, bitter ale, rather bold with spicy edges, hefty wood that seems hard to get along well with the fruity side of it. (81/17)
    • Finish
      F- Medium, that is the ale part that I quite like, touch of fruits which just fine, but overly solvent and cloying oak that quite turn off. (82/17)

      Body/Balance- 82/17. Rich and bold on structure, but can't get the balance side of it.

      Weighted Rate- 68pt
      — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.

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