Review: Glen Grant 23 Years Old 1990 9.95 Playful popping in a fruit market
Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky
Origin: Glen Grant Distillery
Bottling: Scotch malt whisky society
Cost: £87.20 from SMWS
What they say:
CASK No. 9.95
The nose context was a fruit market (pear, orange, lemon, lychee, cherry) but we also found a leather handbag containing fag packets and nail varnish and paper bags of assorted fudge (vanilla, rum and raisin, ginger). The neat palate was quite an experience – apple pie, vanilla ice-cream, puff candy and honey sweetness, with menthol cigarette, aniseed and cardamom depth, while fizzy Vimto, soor plooms and white pepper popped playfully on the tongue. The reduced nose developed pleasantly – Battenberg, Bounty Bars and champagne sorbet. The palate continued to tingle and enervate – Lucozade, lemongrass and lollipop sticks. From the first distillery in Rothes.
DRINKING TIP: A mouth-cleaning substitute for toothpaste.
23 Years Date Distilled: 5th July 1990
Cask Type: Refill Ex-Bourbon Hogshead Region: Speyside Spey
Cask Type: Refill Ex-Bourbon Hogshead
Outturn: 1 of 204 bottles
Colour: Captain Hook’s gold tooth
What I say:
Many thanks to Tom of Toms Whisky Reviews for this sample from a bottle which piqued his curiosity from the SMWS.
Light amber gold (6/20), quick medium tears, medium-fine legs
Woody & sweet, fruity sherbet or Edinburgh rock (dry/dusty/chalky), apple, pear, peach, melon, orange, varnish or wood polish, spicy, herbal – sweet cicely or tarragon, cinnamon, aniseed balls
Fruity stewed bramley apples, sour & sweet, fizzy lemonade float with vanilla ice cream, honey, eucalyptus, cough drops/linctus, lemon juice; citric and sour
Medium-long, sweet & sour like refresher fruit/sherbet chews
Fairly pleasant, a little too much eucalyptus or menthol – potentially good for a cold / hot toddy?
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