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.
Sweet fruity oranges, a little vaporous and spirit (likely due to ABV) and cereal barley malt were all we could detect on the nose
Full cereal barley malt in droves, fruit cocktail of peach, orange, white grape and pink grapefruit, honey sweet, mouthfilling with a perfumed ginger spiciness
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…
Categories: Glen Grant, Speyside
I am puzzled at the super fruity Glen Grants – quite different than the OB Expression I have had…
Thanks for your comment. Personally I am familiar with the Glen Grant Major’s Reserve and 10 Year old and both have a classic Speyside orchard fruit & honey element although they are batch produced to standard characteristics. Perhaps it is not unsurprising then that Individual casks such as this one are not as balanced and have much more fruit and lack some of the nutty/vanilla elements of the standard expression produced as batched by marrying many casks together? I have to admit I am not that familiar with Glen Grant so I cannot comment on their ‘flavour profile’ in depth.
Cheers and happy dramming,