Glen Grant 18-year-old

Overall rating
87.66/100
votes
87
Whiskybase ID
WB99417
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Rare Edition
Stated Age
18 years old
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
1000 ml
Barcode
8000040630429
Added on
11 aug 2017 8:13 am by Jacques-Olivier
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 128.83

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Whisky reviews for Glen Grant 18-year-old

31 users have left 35 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.66 points.

  1. lybw9566 scored this whisky 87 points Newbie

    A great whisky that makes people want to drink it one by one, and it's not a common type of flavor. It's a very balanced overall, and can understand the reasons Jim Murray gives it a high rating, but this modern whisky doesn't have some old bottles. .
    • Nose
      Pepper, pear, bitter bitterness, grass, so light Nose is reminiscent of Hakushu.
    • Taste
      Sea salt, malt, pepper and some citrus are very harmonious in the mouth. I like this taste very much. The sea salt is fascinating, and then caramel, cream and spices appear.
    • Finish
      Medium, the cake left after the baptism of sea salt.

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  3. dapoinbua scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  4. RobbievdB scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Re-tasting this Glen Grant after 2,5 years. The nose is definitely the best part of this whisky. It gives you red apples pineapple grapefruit and lemons next to a honey sweetness and some green and floral freshness. The palette is a bit thin unfortunately. The low alcohol percentage is felt. Taste wise is a continuation of the sweetness with addition of some bourbon spices and some wood. I don’t like the finish that much to be honest. Lowering it one point due to the lower percentage and perhaps due to its simplicity.

  5. JoshNRW scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A very pure, simply beautiful and high-quality whisky for comparatively little money.
    • Nose
      90 90
      blender glass
      At the beginning I have a lot of apple before the sweetness. But you can feel straight away that this is a very "unspectacular", but very clean whisky, which you can smell for a long time because it is so delicately sweet.
      The 43% is perfect here, no disturbing factors and a very light bourbon wood note. Behind the buttery sweetness is a hint of tartness.

      I wrote it yesterday with a sample of Benrinnes 20yo 2000 First Edition (WB ID 179604): clean bourbon aging might be boring for some; I'm not like that.
      This isn't an extroverted daredevil with rough edges, and even people who like over-finished sherry monsters might not enjoy it much. In my opinion they miss a big and great area of whisky.

      Hazelnut and lemon can also be found here.
    • Taste
      89 89
      89.5 Glencairn
      A bit tart on the palate and less sweet than the nose. If you will, that slight discrepancy between the nose and palate is what you might call rough edges.
      The mouthfeel is also great and gives me so much more than all young, rough whiskys that I have to dilute down to over 55% first so that my tongue doesn't burn off.
      An exciting interplay of sweet, dry, slightly tart and slightly bitter aromas.
    • Finish
      89 89
      The finish is delicately sweet and slightly (pleasantly) woody, if - like me - you like it and don't see it as a fault.

  6. Halmackenreuther did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Great whisky that beguiles with its floral, honeyed aromas. Here I have the complete fruit basket of yellow fruits right up to the tropics. Silky soft, extremely tasty and elegant. Meanwhile a permanent guest in my bar, which can be offered to whisky beginners as well as connoisseurs at any time. This is what a bourbon whisky should taste like in summer. The liter bottle is still available in 4/2022 at a bargain price of less than €80. No hype despite - or because of - Murray? For me a round, beautiful old school gentleman.
    Anyone who likes the Tomatin 21 will love it.

  7. mer1973 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  8. Ficelli scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  9. KB201 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    In 2016, the Glen Grant distillery released three new bottlings for their standard range. The oldest is this 18-year-old single malt.

  10. Tuco1972 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  11. thewhiskeyjug scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Honey candy, orchard fruit, malt, pastry, tropical fruit.

    Palate: Tropical fruit candy, herbal and malty sweet with a butteriness.

    Finish: Long -> Sunkist fruit candy and malt.

  12. Moses scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Whatever it was. I'm going to buy a bottle at the next bargain. I got 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 in 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. It has a buttery finish with biscuit notes and a slightly nutty finish. 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.

  13. whiskydramo scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      melon, mint
      anise
      more sweetness came out, honey, perfume in modern shopping mall
      ripe green melon get stronger
      some fresh black pepper
      lollipop
      green apple
      orange flesh
    • Taste
      yellow fruits, pomelo, not so sweet. flavour got slightly richer
      watery
      didn't change much in the mouth
    • Finish
      quick spiciness, green tea-ish aftertaste
      grass, yellow fruit, honey, white tea
      slightly spicier than before, expanded to throat

  14. Juergen Willi scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A perfect dram for a summer evening.
    • Nose
      Floral, fruity (pear, yellow plum, mango, peach) and waxy.
    • Taste
      Sweet and fruity balanced by spices and oak wood.
    • Finish
      Sweet barley, pepper, tannins, quite long

  15. Malthead19 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    - a super tasty single malt
    - significantly better than the 16 y.
    - for 100 € to 120 € for 1 liter you can't go wrong
    make, very good quality, therefore good PLV
    • Nose
      Apples, pears, mirabelle plums, very aromatic, juicy and fruity
    • Taste
      soft, juicy-fruity start, sweet, fruit aromas as in the smell (green apples, pears, mirabelle plums, peach => combination of yellow fruits), oily / creamy, light oak aroma (very subtle in the background)
    • Finish
      medium-long fruity finish;
      medium-long aftertaste with subtle oak

  16. schengel10 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    I see a very good price-performance ratio here, especially with the liter bottle
    A very pleasant, ripe single malt - well balanced - whether it was in sherry barrels, I don't know!
    The bourbon flavors dominate in any case;
    • Nose
      soft, fruity (green apples, pears, tropical fruits), sweet (honey), vanilla, very fine flavor,
    • Taste
      Mild, sweet, fruity and malty to begin with; Liquid honey, sugar, lots of vanilla, spices (pepper), oily and creamy, very pleasing!
    • Finish
      good medium length, sweet, vanilla, spicy aftertaste, white pepper;

  17. Igitor scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  18. pecathor scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Got a sample from a calendar, my second Glen Grant ever. Very nice and soft, yet beautifully round, balanced and complex whisky! I usually prefer other styles, but I can imagine sipping this dram on a quiet summer evening!
    • Nose
      87 87
      nose - sweet, malted barley
    • Taste
      87 87
      palate - barley sugar, fruit, honey, oak notes, a bit of spice
    • Finish
      85 85
      finish - medium, light, bit more spice comes out

  19. dapoinbua scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    i got this bottle for a rather low price from a person i know and thought i would give it a try. since i just opened it right now and i tend to like most whiskies more when they oxidated a bit in the bottle, i do not want to say any bad things about it. but right now, it is a bit flat and not really appealing. the nose is beautiful, but the finish gives me some unrounded harsh oak notes i do not enjoy that much. maybe it will get better as the bottle has time to work with the oxygen over a few weeks/months. for the price i paid it is not really bothering me that much. but would i have paid 100€ or so i would be a bit diappointed i guess.

    give it some time and a few drops of water and the experience becomes a way better one. not a bad dram at all.
    • Nose
      87 87
      brown sugar sirup, round and rich. candy sweetness with fruit compote. light sour notes. rather easy nose, not too complex. very pleasing and elegant. guave and honey melon. sweet pineapple. hard to pick up the things. everyhting is finely integrated into a sweet fruity nose.
    • Taste
      85 85
      very light mouthfeel. almost watery. reminds me of tomatin with this fresh wood taste i often get with tomatin OBs. crisp fruit, not the honeyed sweetness you get on the nose. very simple actually. dont know if this is a good thing or not. after a few secondes the oak comes htorugh - maybe a bit too much.
    • Finish
      83 83
      the finish is a bit harsh, especially considering the nose. very oaky and not really what the fruit bomb nose would suggest. if you give it time and some water it becomes way better.

  20. Chesterfield scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      95 95
      Immediately after pouring, disappointingly little comes across. But then, after giving the whisky some time to breathe, it becomes very fruity on the nose with pineapple, orange, apple, peach, beeswax and spicy forest honey.
      After about 20 minutes, the initial fruitiness subsides in favor of a fine white oak spice and some herbs.
      A surprisingly complex and very balanced nose that seems to change constantly over time.
      I recommend taking your time here and perhaps experimenting with water.
    • Taste
      94 94
      Very pleasantly warming, full oak covers the tongue, brown sugar, less fruity than the nose, but much more spice.
      Very soft and oily mouthfeel.
      Hazelnut chocolate.
    • Finish
      93 93
      Long finish that engages the tongue, oak remains with the sweetness, slowly drying out.
      A very pleasant mouthfeel, the slightly dry oak subsides, the brown, caramel-like sugar sweetness remains.
      Nothing that stands out, but all in all a wonderful whisky, which reminds me of the Japanese art of whisky because of its harmony and elegance.

  21. craide scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Very tasty and tasty malt. Not a very high density of aromas and also not particularly complex. Straightforward malt that for me has its strengths in the nose.
    • Nose
      87 87
      aromatic, great floral beginning, juicy fruits like grapefruit, some pears, pineapple, malty and slightly honey-sweet, light vanilla notes but as a homemade vanilla pudding in which this vanilla seems a bit artificial. woody oak notes are in the background.
    • Taste
      86 86
      slightly spicy and hot, sweet and malty, vanilla and caramel come through. There is also a nice subtle nut aroma, but everything is rather soft and creamy, fruits are also present with a little time, pears, apple and pineapple, the grapefruit makes it appear a bit sour on the palate.
    • Finish
      86 86
      long finish, astringent, and becoming slightly dry, still slightly spicy and hot

  22. Dogs2 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  23. Totoro scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    A surprisingly sharp and bitter/sour profile for a 18-year-old OB. Glen Grant really should be commended for going against the grain and sticking to unsherried, unadulterated all-bourbon-wood maturation for their flagship, which beautifully represents the distillery character.
    • Nose
      88 88
      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. In my impression, its undiluted 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 a "dilution reserve". I'd say 87 points without water and 88 with water..
    • Taste
      87 87
      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
      86 86
      Short to medium, with a good balance of malty spirit and crisp American oak.

  24. just 2thetop scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    If you are a fan of the elegant Glen Grant spirit then you cannot go wrong. It is certainly "understated" so don't expect to be blown away. A solid older whisky with a traditional oak finish - no special casks used - but reflected in the price.
    The apparent absence of caramel coloring is definitely a plus for me.

  25. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    It seems that oxidation is key here. I read my review again with my nose sticking in a glass of this. It had 5,5 months of oxidation at this time and I must say, it adds to the pleasure. Not so much in different aroma’s but very much in terms of body, thickness and stamina. It went from ‘your average good whisky’ to a very pleasant dram. Thicker body, a longer lasting finish and more consistent.

  26. Vallado scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  27. Malt_Shatterhand scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    An unagitated, pleasant gentleman whisky. Old scool style from the ExBourbon barrel.
    • Nose
      Vanilla, light fruity, almost floral. Slightly musty but pleasant and distinct American oak. Complex and balanced.
    • Taste
      The fruit continues and remains delicate. The wood overtakes slowly, first with roasted aromas and immediately afterwards with clear chocolate on the palate. Minimal bitterness. In terms of taste, the dram is a little more set. Still round.
    • Finish
      Medium to long. The fruit is slowly thinning. Dry oak wears a little longer.

  28. Defeatless scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    As I say quite often: never had a bad Glen Grant.
    Although I would wonder if this wasn't stunning when CS, NC and NCF.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Old school reasonable matured whisky. Vanilla, wood, fudge and ice-cream. There is a little bit of flowers in the background. Some heater and honey are there to be recognised. Overall a good matured classic whisky which is pleasing the nose!
    • Taste
      87 87
      Classic sweet and sour arrival. Some vanilla, a little bitter note from the wood. Hints of creamy honey. Quite a good creamy mouthfeel too.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium-long length. Load of vanilla and fudge playing around. Fades away with some oak notes.

  29. RobbievdB scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Very quaffable Glen Grant! I like this light style where it’s simply about the basics of whisky; nice honey sweetness, apples, pineapples and citrus and some wood spices. This Glen Grant delivers it perfectly at a nice drinking strength of 43.

  30. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    It is a pleasant dram. Not very outspoken. More or less an accessible everyone’s dram.
    Nose is the best part, taste is a little fragile and too thin, finish is rather standard and gives not much to remember. Enough to enjoy though.
    • Nose
      At first somewhat closed and simple. after a decent amount of time it gives a complete and harmonious nose. Caramel fudge, yellow jam. Fruity and nuttiness. Sweet apples, almond paste, a whiff of tangerine and some wood shavings.
    • Taste
      Wouldn’t recommend adding water. At 43% the fragile body is at the bare minimum already.
      Thin and lemonade-like. Sweet and a tad bitterness. Some mild pepper give the taste a little boost. Easy to drink, not very much is happening.
    • Finish
      Finish is medium and pleasant. Apple sauce, again some nuttiness, more in a peanut kind of way. A wee dry in at the very end.

  31. Beaty-Tang scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    Heavy and voluminous, but not superimposed on the barrel, modern style. Lots of honey, vanilla and heather. In between, always a fruity Brennereicharakter reminiscent of pear. In the finish, the oak is clearly felt and the whisky is a bit dry. That does not fit so well with the sweet and sweet nose.
    I'm torn. It's great, wonderfully harmonious and round. However, I must confess that I miss the finishing touch. The whisky is unruffled, but in a slightly boring way. Jim Murray says the whisky is one of the best in the world. But what does that mean. With me there are "only" well-deserved 86 points.

  32. Indianerhäuptling scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  33. ahroeen scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Good, but I think I prefer the 15 travel retail exclusive bottled at 50% abv.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Citrus, heavy on the lime and pomelo. Fresh, light, green grass. Some oak.
    • Taste
      87 87
      A tad too light, but some delicious flavours of citrus, almonds and green grass. Oily.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Short, but some lingering almonds.

  34. Christian Wagner scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  35. Christian Wagner scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  36. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [October, 2018] Glen Grant is one of the last big distilleries that (so far) did not succumb to the temptation to produce modern style "quicky" whiskies and still holds on to its beautiful and delicious old "Traditional Scotch" profile. I guess this style is somewhat boring to many new whisky drinkers that usually look out for thrills and spikes in their drams. It is the new "Zeitgeist" with its desire to spot something new (and share this via the social media) and the very short attention spans of our time that drives the modern whisky hype...

    ...but this dram does not follow the "Zeitgeist" and represents perfectly the old style Traditional Scotch. It is mainly distillate-driven and the wood provides an appropriate support structure without dominating (like it does so often with many modern drams - that is why they are so exchangeable lacking an own personality). It is both subtle and delicate and it takes some time (and a relaxed mood) to explore and discover all of its secrets. This is a perfectly balanced malt without any flaw or off-note - recommended to all that really want to discover a dram of the great old "Traditional" style how Scotch malt whisky was produced before the recent whisky boom started. By the way, I bought two 1-litre-bottles of this fine 18-years old for a mere 70 Eurobucks each (bottling hall stamp is LR0/FJ 04) - still there are delicious and reasonable priced whiskies out there...
    • Nose
      90 90
      The colour is old gold and the nose offers a subtle and complex profile that is purely distillate-driven with delicious honey, fruity, waxy, floral and shy herbal aromas (and even some OBFs, great!). All in a perfect balance and without any off-note. After some time of breathing more barley sugars and some shy spices pop up that complement the profile nicely. I could sniff this for hours...
    • Taste
      91 91
      The taste is layered on a variety of different sugars first immediately followed by a fruity attack that is countered by (enjoyable) bitter herbs and spices. The honeys jump in to support the sweet sugars and fruits while the bitter-sour side is strenghtened by waxy and oily notes. That is what I call a complex symphony of flavours - all play together in great harmony...
    • Finish
      89 89
      The initial mouthfeel is warming and charms the taste buds with an instant creamy-coating feeling without any distracting moments. The finish is long and adds some interesting chalky and mineralic notes to the anyhow complex taste. It gets a little bitter-astringent towards the end what is the only thing to criticise around this dram. Water is not needed.

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