ABV: 56.1% Distillery: Glen Grant Bottler: Scotch Malt Whisky Society Flavour Profile: Spicy & dry Region: Speyside
Recent Society Glen Grants have had some age to them, this one has just entered its teens and is drawn from 2nd fill ex-bourbon barrel. View on SMWS
Nose: Stone fruits up first – peaches and nectarines – served with a side of cream whilst sitting in a sunkissed field. There’s plenty of vegetation here – hedgerows, reed, flax and grass. Running alongside, Victoria sponge cake, gingerbread men and a scattering of rosehips. Water brings out some moss and bracken alongside vanilla toffee.
Taste: Plenty of patisserie here – cakes, buttery biscuit (base), gingercake slices. The mid-palate becomes more malty with barley, oats and brown bread, before heading back for earthy vanilla and ginger sorbet. Reduction proves beneficial here – softer fruits – even some light tropical coming into play - there’s prominent sugar, but tempered by slight chalky alluvianess.
Finish: Short to medium with oaky oats and drying wood.
This Glen Grant offers a decent combo of fruit, cakeshop and garden vegetation – everything works together nicely, though the finish is too cask influenced for my liking – prominent drying oak. Nevertheless, pretty decent – standards are high this month.
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