Glen Grant 1985 CA

Overall rating
89.93/100
votes
96
Whiskybase ID
WB95496
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
Authentic Collection
Vintage
1985
Bottled
Summer 2017
Stated Age
31 years old
Casktype
Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
312
Strength
44.8 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
27 apr 2017 1:48 pm by LukeFive
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 287.99

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96 × member ratings

140 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Glen Grant 1985 CA

19 users have left 20 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 89.93 points.

  1. Artus scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  2. wncvirus scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Pear marmalade, a bit of citrus, apples and exotic fruit sprinkled with honey
    Taste: I love the aged notes of pear trees. In the background you can feel the taste of cranberries. In addition, the taste of the cake sprinkled with cinnamon.
    Rating: 91 | 100 A fairly long finish with a hmmm buttery pudding flavor. Very very good whisky. Very rich in flavor, deep, well-complex notes. Nothing but to drink because I can confidently recommend it!

  3. Tomek scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Aroma: grapes, champagne, blueberries, ripe plums and peaches, rum, milk chocolate
    Taste: red fruit, spicy fillets, ginger, orange marmalade, cocoa
    Finish: pleasant bitterness, almonds
    Rating: 5.5

  4. DrunkenFly scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    Fantastic GlenGrant. This beat out several of the older 1960's and 1970's vintage G&M bottlings for me.
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  5. Johannes de Silentio scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    Color: Amber

    Nose: Immediately engaging and very clearly one of my preferred styles with sherried drams. It is simultaneously mellow and powerful, which portends good things in both the development of the nose as well as on the palate. Instead of being particularly fruit-forward, the savory elements are doing much of the work. There's an earthiness and salinity that would normally point me towards tobacco, soy sauce, and forest floor (dead leaves, mushrooms, etc.). I believe the Cadenhead notes mention Worcestershire sauce, which I won't argue at all. None of this is to say that the cask has entirely overwhelmed the spirit. You can pick out a well-aged Speysider in there with the hallmark notes of beeswax and classy maltiness. Having both these elements present is a real asset. As for fruit, it's not totally absent; one can detect some very dark cherries. A few drops of water emphasize the umami and salty, but also bring out some dark chocolate.

    Taste: Terrific arrival. The first two things I'm assessing, as usual, are the viscosity and any traces of unpleasant heat. On the former, it is pleasantly mouth-coating and thick without being syrupy. Within the style, that's pretty much exactly what I'd like. As for heat, I didn't particularly expect any given the relatively low cask strength. Expectations met. The fruit is more salient here: again dark cherries, blackberries, and other fresh-but-intensely-colored fruits. That specificity is to primarily imply that I don't detect a ton of strong, dried-fruit notes. Given the overall profile, I find that brings a refreshing vibrancy. Water here spices things up a bit, and while that doesn't always suit my tastes, I think here it further balances an already impressively complex dram.

    Finish: Quite good. You finally feel a little oak, but nothing at all out of proportion for a 31 yo. It's well-integrated with the dark fresh fruit and earthy tones. Water takes some of that drying feeling out. Overall, I think just a couple drops of water improves the experience.

    Comments: One quick thing: I don't normally comment on the appearance in the glass beyond the color. Here, I'll just note that this Glen Grant produces some pretty robust legs.

    That being said, I chased this bottle at auction for over a year, several times being stymied by some last-minute bids that put it just outside what I felt like spending at the moment. Earlier this year, I finally got lucky and snagged one for right at my limit. I'm quite glad I did. This is a real winner that gives you just about everything you'd want in a well-aged sherried Speysider.

    Honestly, given the unfortunate way prices are trending with anything 25 yo+ among the indies, if you can get this for the approximately 250 GBP that I paid, you should do it without thinking twice. Cadenhead are always on the better part of the spectrum in terms of pricing, and the secondary market was, at least when I purchased, still reflecting that.

  6. Squinugie scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      91 91

  7. DocF scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Color: Chestnut / Oloroso sherry

    He would not have tolerated more cask, I do not find it too complex either, the whisky tastes just as old as possible.
    • Nose
      Old oak cabinet wall, almost a bit charred, even older sherry, plum wine, black bread, old spices, car exhaust.
    • Taste
      Too strong coffee, mouth filling immediately, very nutty sherry, whale and especially hazelnuts, orange peel, vanilla and a touch of cardamom, perfect drinking strength.
    • Finish
      Lang, has got a good deal of wood, mainly coffee and old wood, of the sherry are almost only the nutty flavors left over.

  8. squaadgras scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  9. Northern&Isles scored this whisky 99 points Expert Senior

    An almost perfect old Sherry Glen Grant.
    Everything in it, what you associate with long matured sherry whisky.
    Only light fruit, but a lot of raisins, dried fruits, black cherries, herbs and spices such as cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, dark dark chocolate, candied in brandy Christmas cake with candied fruit.
    Super fine and tasty, very complex.
    Fantastic.

  10. FuturePerfect scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      89 89
      Very nice heavy and creamy sweetness, but never too sherry-overloaded.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Gentle and carefree.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Short but efficient.

  11. Cubey666 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    happy birthday to me, a dram from my birthyear on my birthday!
    • Nose
      old furniture wax, cherries, orange peel, menthol, green tea, caramel, hint of leather and tobacco, pineapple. It keeps evolving, papaya and ripe banana
    • Taste
      takes time to open, mixed fruit palate, oak sawdust, husks of dried nuts, lingering with green Italian herbs?
    • Finish
      old leather wallet, dry old coffee, caramel, orange peel, oily and thick, it stays quite well behind.

  12. BXpress scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    sample.

    Reading the reviews, i have hoped that this would be a clean Sherry monster (similar to Speyburn Clan Cask) sadly it isn't. The tannins are too distracting imo. Excellent nose and arrival but it goes slightly downhill from there.
    • Nose
      Hints of baked apple and some caramel, but this is where the sweetness ends for me. The nose is much more savoury. Some broth and herbs. Musty, hints petrol, glue and good rubber. Just what you would expect. Soft and yet substantial. Thankfully, this is just slightly above medium-Sherry and not quite a monster.
    • Taste
      Good start on caramel. Slightly leathery, even a bit mushroomy. Dried plums, maybe raisins. I agree that it is not astringent but the tannins are there, and they are quite loud. I find them to be overly dominant in mid palate and they kind of block the development for me. Maybe some chocolate cake dough right before the end.
    • Finish
      Medium to long. Slightly oily, maybe hints of rum. Dry after taste.

  13. Cask Is King scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    A stunner of a dram.

    There is little to none alcoholic burn, neither on the nose or the palate.

    Subtle cherry notes, dark and coating, nuts, hints of petrol/paint-like things from a workshop. Great stuff!

    It is all extremely pleasent. But give it a little time. I wasn't overwhelmed initially, but something that spent 31years in a cask, deserves more than 5 minutes of your attention.

  14. fgg scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      90 90

  15. fgg scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Beautiful rich sherry nose. A lot of fruit, nail polish remover. There is also a roasted note to discover.
    • Taste
      The sweet fruit notes are converted to a bitterness. Almost something chocolate-like
    • Finish
      Creamy and full. Remains nice on the tongue.

  16. Maurice_M2 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    nice! 
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  17. Hvdree scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  18. MikerG2k scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  19. hs305 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    [May, 2017]  Just a couple of hours after Serge scored this whisky 91 points it was sold out at almost all Cadenhead shops worldwide, funny how much influence one single blogger has today.  But even more interesting is that obviously almost no one of these buyers cracked the bottle open (as there are no tasting notes or reviews here on WB and very few ratings only).  Do collectors and investors only buy these bottles nowadays?  And where are the drinkers???  So I decided to open my bottle (I bought for 168 Euro) to check if my taste compares with that of Serge...

    ...and I am very much with Serge - this is a superb dram with an impressive complexity and no flaws (that I can find).  Both easy to sip and interesting to explore, so I hope that at least some of these bottles find their destined way into the appreciating throats of whisky connoisseurs finally (instead of gathering dust in collector's shelves or investor's strongrooms).

    [September, 2019] Together with good friends I opened another bottle and I am tempted to raise my score. Both the nose and taste are of a great old-style sherry profile (maybe a little paxarette-enhanced) that is not produced any more. Extemely interesting to explore, perfectly sherry-malt-wood balanced and dangerously quaffable with delicious mocha-chocolatey notes - this is great stuff! Yes, I raise my score to astonishing 93 points tonight (but I leave the detailed ratings below as they were with the first impression).
    • Nose
      93 93
      The colour is auburn and the texture shows just a few legs and late tears. The nose is on a beautiful clean and nutty sherry profile with nice OBF notes (aceton) that I really like.
    • Taste
      91 91
      On the palate the delicious sherry-induced flavours combine with some fruity and spicy notes. This taste is layered and turns in several waves (even) more chocolatey. All is nicely balanced and in close to perfection harmony. Water is not needed.
    • Finish
      91 91
      The first mouthfeel is creamy and coating without any hot or astringent moments, excellent! The finish is somewhat between medium and long and even more chocolatey with a delicious mocha note without distracting moments.

  20. LukeFive did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Full official cadenhead's notes:

    Nose: Oh yes this is what we want on the nose, Rich fruity complexity that pulls you in from the moment you open the bottle. With rich sweet Glacier cherries, worcester sauce, runny honey and brown sugar.

    Palate: The palate is perfection to be honest with a rich chewy sherry note naturally, sweet mincemeat pies dusted with icing sugar, aromatic balance comes from cloves with some all-spice and cinnamon. to round off the mid palate ahead of the amazing finish we know is coming!

    Finish: The finish is everything you desire from this distillery with Christmas pudding, brandy butter and then rhubarb and dark chocolate. No it's not christmas but you will feel like it is with this stunning dram.

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