Review: Glen Grant 1954 Rare Vintage
Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky
Origin: Glen Grant Distillery
Bottling: Gordon & MacPhail Rare Vintage
What they say:
Long and fruity.
1st Fill Sherry Casks
After dinner dram.
AROMA without water
Very fruity – strawberries, raspberries, cantaloupe melon, Hints of hessian and old leather.
TASTE without water
Deliciously smooth, bursting with fruit. Menthol notes underpin smoothness.
AROMA with water
Fruitiness continues with hints of red apples. Aromas of aniseed, leather and old books also develop.
TASTE with water
Mild spices with fresh grapefruit and lemon citrus flavours. Subtle menthol elements develop.
What I say:
Sampled as part of Gordon & MacPhail’s ‘The Wood Makes The Whisky’ Campaign. Thanks to Gordon & MacPhail for the official sample. This an ~ 52 year old distilled at Glen Grant Distillery in Speyside in 1954 and bottled in 2006 after a maturation in 1st fill sherry casks.
Rich and dark russet amber gold (13/20) quick medium-thick legs
Banana fritters in syrup, cherry cola syrup, a rich well-rounded sweetness along with toasted almost burnt oak wood, polished toffee and dark caramel, tropical fruit pineapple, demerara sugar, plantain chips (vegetal/sweet & caramelised) with a sprinkle of herbs, cinder toffee and milk chocolate; ‘crunchie’ chocolate bars
Rich and silky smooth, luxurious on the palate, vanilla crème brulee, malty cereal barley, caramelised sugars, woody sugars, butterscotch and highland toffee, a mix of dark dried fruits and a little nutmeg and cinnamon, antique oak wood and a hint of wood-smoke, becomes oily/buttery, creamy and milky like vanilla and banana milkshake or banana and milk chocolate crème brulee – well integrated flavours
Medium-long, touch of ginger, clove and cinnamon spice, toffee and milk chocolate
An astonishingly good dram from Gordon & MacPhail. There is a very nice balance to this dram that makes it all so sublime. At first it is a little closed and overpolished wood or toffee but starts to melt in your mouth. Not so much wood and fruit but masses of creamy milk chocolate really hits the spot for me. An incredible example of what Gordon & MacPhail can do with their own cask management – simply stunning!
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