Glen Grant 22 Years Old 1992 [Cask 130800]- Celebration of the cask (Carn Mor)

55.7% ABV, £86.50 for 70cl

Score: 87/100

What they say:

Single malt Glen Grant Scotch whisky, distilled in October 1992, matured in a single bourbon barrel for 22 years until February 2014, when it was bottled by Càrn Mòr as part of the Celebration of the Cask selection. A limited release of 205 bottles.

What I say:

Having previously sampled and hugely enjoyed the Miltonduff 14 Years Old 1998 – Celebration of the Cask from Carn Mor, we are always on the look out for more. Thankfully at the Glasgow Homecoming Whisky Festival in May 2014 we managed to get the chance to try this bourbon cask matured Glen Grant in the same range.

Colour:

Gold

Nose:

Sweet fruity oranges, a little vaporous and spirit (likely due to ABV) and cereal barley malt were all we could detect on the nose

Taste:

Full cereal barley malt in droves, fruit cocktail of peach, orange, white grape and pink grapefruit, honey sweet, mouthfilling with a perfumed ginger spiciness

Finish:

Drying and vaporous, this is long and packed full of fruity honey flavour

Would I buy it:

While we enjoyed the depth of fruity flavour available in this whisky, I think if I had the money I would rather have spent it on the Miltonduff 1998 we sampled previously. I suspect a little water may have been required to fully appreciate the bourbon cask influence in this whisky, however it was very very drinkable and enjoyable without water so sadly we never took this analysis any further…