Glen Grant 18-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Rare Edition
Stated Age
18 years old
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
06 Jun 2016 12:30 pm by holborndrinker

Average value

€ 131,89

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Whisky Reviews for Glen Grant 18-year-old

31 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.20 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-year old Redbreast https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/78096/redbreast-21-year-old bottled on May, 9th, 2016.

    Colour:  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.

    Nose:  The Redbreast 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.

    Initial Mouthfeel:  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 slight adstringent feelings due to heavy tannins.  It is more that of a Bourbon than of an Irish whisky.  Guess what I like more...

    Taste:  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.

    Finish:  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.  

    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.

    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
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Helgo scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Really successful. Beautiful fruity Speysider from the Bourbon barrel with a nice top note and commemorative value. Thanks Marko!
    • Nose
      Fermented fruits and the first thought is to a gerstler. But it flies quite fast and it presents itself a marvelous Maitag on a flower meadow with many floral notes. Something grassy and subtle wood notes.
    • Taste
      Fruitcake!!! Apples, pears and passion fruit. Some butter biscuit and dough. Slight nut note and silky oily mouthfeel.
    • Finish
      Long, still fruit and some bitterness at the end, which does not bother.

  5. 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.

  6. Tobi2100 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Good development of the 10 year old without losing his still. I like, it's just too expensive. The price is a joke even for today's conditions (04/2017 110 €).
    • Nose
      freshly cut grass in the first moment, then green pear, vanilla, sour apples, a bit of wood, Smells immediately after Glen Grant
    • Taste
      the apples and pears become sweeter, spice from the wood, a few nuts
    • Finish
      long, fruity, spicy, removes a little coffee

  7. pianoman scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Vanilla, yellow apples, lemon peel. Fresh sawdust and some eucalyptus.
    • Taste
      Apples, pears, pleasant spice. Honey, cereals. Medium.

  8. 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

  9. mosesumike scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Whatever it was. I'll buy a bottle at the next bargain. I had a random sample of it (thanks André) and was completely surprised. This malt has a unique feature. You love him or you hate him. I can not get it out of my head. As expensive as the Talisker he is just at the PLV limit for me. Difficult number. The 10cl were definitely not enough for me. I want more.
    • Nose
      88 88
      A nose that baffles. How often do I have to sniff it until I can describe it? I start with delicious, fine, easy, spring is coming. Lemongrass with malt and grain!?. Bright oranges and a little apples hidden behind the 18 years. I even suddenly stand on the flower meadow. Wow. Respect.
    • Taste
      87 87
      The texture is great. Oily and charming, he makes himself soft but still powerful over the mouth. Powerful without a break he pushes on it. For 43% ... respect. This is a malt to enjoy. Buttery with biscuit notes and slightly nutty it goes into the finish. I do not have to play with water and have the pure whisky experience. I like it a lot.
    • Finish
      86 86
      The departure does not hold what I had hoped. Therefore he stays with me under the 88 hang. But no matter. I can refill myself. And that's what I need a whole bottle for. Is already on the wish list! Thanks Glen Grant.

  10. Whiskywobbler scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83


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