Review: Glen Grant 1954 Rare Vintage

Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky

Origin: Glen Grant Distillery

Bottling: Gordon & MacPhail Rare Vintage

ABV: 40%

Cost: £1167.76 from Master of Malt

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What they say:

Colour

Golden amber.

Body

Full

Finish

Long and fruity.

Cask Type

1st Fill Sherry Casks

Style

After dinner dram.

Tasting Note

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.

TW Glen Grant 1954 Rare Vintage GM

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.

Colour:

Rich and dark russet amber gold (13/20) quick medium-thick legs

Nose:

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

Taste:

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

Finish:

Medium-long, touch of ginger, clove and cinnamon spice, toffee and milk chocolate

Overall:

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!

Score: 93/100

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