Glen Grant 1995 26 year old
Posted 21 January 2022 by Matt / In Glen Grant
Bottle Name: Glen Grant 1995
Distillery: Glen Grant
Bottler: Whisky Sponge
Glass Weight: 489g
Whisky Sponge’s 2nd Glen Grant – the other being a 47 year old which was way too valuable to ever be opened by anyone. This edition has spent its entire 26 years in a 1st fill bourbon barrel that produced 328 bottles at 50.6% ABV.
Nose: Expressively fruit froward with apricot and peach alongside apple and combined with crunchy barley sugars and melon sherbet. Cornflakes and banana Nesquik progress into bright honey and millionaire’s shortbread. Relatively modest, but entirely gorgeous. The addition of water produces a grassier outlook with fresh meadows, pressed flowers and a slice of vanilla sponge cake.
Taste: Opening on an array of juicy fruits – mandarin, tangerine alongside sourness from grapefruit and gummy sweetness from quince jelly. Then moving towards polished oak and golden barley before stem ginger heat and white pepper join crumbled Rich Tea biscuits. Reduction again results in grassiness – reed and flax – together with slapped mint and orange gel.
Finish: Reasonably long and largely fruit-driven with sweetness tempered by tingly cask spices.
An animated and vibrant Glen Grant that’s packed full of communicative fruit notes alongside supportive motes of age. Not the more multifaceted of things – but hard to argue that what’s there isn’t entirely lovely.
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