Distillery: Glen Grant
Age: 10 years old (bottled in the 1970s)
Additional: matured in oak casks
Colour: glowing embers from a dying fire
Nose: immediately I’m experiencing that old whisky smell you just don’t experience nowadays. There’s nothing immediate or bold up front. It’s compact and lovely in its poise and sweetness. Vanilla fudge that’s it! At the back the wood comes through with its spicy aspect. Plenty of juicy raisins, crushed red grapes and chestnuts. A little leather and orange – very cheeky!
Taste: extremely light and fresh on the palate with a gorgeous sustained finish with pepper and a touch of bitterness. Going back it feels as if I’m licking a book shelf with orange popori on either side. Dusty worn leather, vanilla, citrus touches and those chestnuts are making a comeback. I’m also thinking of a very light, refined black tea so subtle, refreshing and engaging.
A very enjoyable old style whisky that doesn’t scream alcohol or young age; just well conceived and executed.