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Overall rating
93.18/100
votes
40
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Vintage
1949
Bottled
2014
Stated Age
64 years old
Calculated age
65 years old
Casktype
1st Fill Sherry Butts
Casknumber
2200 & 3185
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
19 Dec 2016 9:53 am by maltaholic

Average value

€ 4155.00

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40 × member ratings

20 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glen Grant 1949 GM

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 93.18 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    [April, 2018]  It is Easter weekend so it is time for some special drams, this year I selected some rare vintages from Gordon&MacPhail out of their Speyside Collection.  No, I did not buy these expensive bottles as their price is simply absurd for a drinker (not sure if it is justified for a collector or investor either, but that is another story).  So I just bought a sample of this methusalem dram...  

    The colour is burnished and the texture shows a fat sticky ring that refuses to build tears for a long time and after that some fat tears with slow legs appear.  The nose is simply adorable old-style and very complex on fine herbal-sherry aromas with fruits (apricots, peaches), raisins, wet forest notes and and and...  Truly amazing and quite fresh for a 64-years old dram.  I really adore this nose!  The whisky arrives charming, warming and nicely coating in the mouth with just a slight drying feeling (old papers) that is not really distracting (and very okayish for 64-years of oak maturation).  The taste itself is nicely layered around a herbal-sherry core profile with (again) lots of different fruits, marzipan, beeswax and some spices.  The finish is rather short, unfortunately, but without any flaw except a very slight dryness (old papers, cardboards) at the very end.  Some water releases more fruits both in the nose and taste but it flattens the dram, of course (as it started with a low 40% abv already).  So I like to nose it somewhat reduced but to drink it neat.  

    This is the oldest dram I had so far (in terms of maturation time, not with respect to the year when it was distilled) and it truly mastered all the 64 years in dignity.  It is (given its age) surprisingly fresh and lively and very complex, of course.  This all makes up for a dangerously quaffable dram if you have the deep pockets to buy such bottles.  As a drinker I am willing to pay up to 400 Euro for a bottle of this quality but I am afraid nobody will sell one to me for that price.  So, I enjoyed this sample and I will keep it in good memory...

    PS:  By the way, this bottling was done from five first fill sherry casks distilled between January and November 1949 that yielded 653 bottles (according to G&M).  The price was not as silly as today's price point is (back upon its release in 2014).
    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  2. Lorion scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Spuer interesting and quite well done! Unfortunately, there is this very slight acidity that I do not like. It pulls the whisky just under the 90 and thus under the "Enthusiastic Me Real" brand. 89 points.
    • Nose
      Fruit salad with herbal mixture. Quick, a sweet sneaks through and takes over. Cherry is to be guessed and some hay. Aromatic oak pours into the nose. Gummy bears with herb sting (Almdudler gummy bears, if you want to know who exactly). It gets chocolaty. After inclusion of the palate, the herbs are fresher and a very slightly acidic note is added.
    • Taste
      Sweet at first, but the oak does not wait long. Despite the 40% it tingles all over the mouth and occupies everything in an intense way. The bitterness of dark chocolate picks up and conquers the re-taste. Tobacco in the second sip comes through beautifully. A trace of acidity is also here.
    • Finish
      Long. Herbal-sweet and astringent. For a long time, the taste remains in the dry mouth.

  3. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    A very exciting, as with many special notes peppered Glen Grant, his age definitely not notice him except that he still remains very round and never breaks out.
    • Nose
      Quite, very strange, after a long Nosing, which was quite pleasant, my seat neighbor finally came to the correct name: Pure rhubarb! Never so clearly defined in a whisky smelled, rhubarb custard, light leather, beautiful herbal honey will follow someday, sage as well and a hint of eucalyptus even, nettle tea, white chocolate, nice licorice flavors and almost something hemp-like
    • Taste
      Lots of licorice in the mouth, very beautiful, eucalyptus, the stinging nettle, rhubarb of course as well, but here only as one of the 4-5 main notes, not the one major main note, hemp, light herbal honey, sage noticeable from half, thyme and bright Malt, also a few grasses
    • Finish
      Much, much sage takes over here then, continue the menthol in the form of Eukylaptus, not artificially but rather eaten fresh from the tree, stinging nettle, thyme, lavender, not quite as long as vllt. to expect from age, dry blood orange

  4. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2017/11/12/twe-show-2017-trade-day-part-1/

    C: Love it, proper old. The headline is ‘Heart of Glass’ - that is to say it’s fragile, liable to cracks but presently holding form brilliantly.Scores an A-

  5. RL_whisky scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    A beautiful bottling. A couple of items: far less wood than I expected, just a very nice hint. Smoke is present on the nose and taste and gets more intense when time goes by. Excellent.

    Love the simple presentation.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

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