Whisky Review: Glen Grant 1949 Speyside Collection
Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky
Origin: Glen Grant distillery
Bottling: Gordon & MacPhail, Speyside Collection
Cost: £10,495.95 from Master of Malt
similar (bottled 2007) available for £2794.39 from Master of Malt
What they say:
Leading whisky specialist Gordon & MacPhail has launched an exclusive Speyside Collection, offering customers the chance to purchase six exquisite single malt Scotch whiskies from some of Scotland’s finest Speyside distilleries.
Established in 1895, the fourth-generation family business is custodian to some of the world’s oldest and most unique single malt Scotch whiskies. Allowing whisky fans the chance to savour an inimitable piece of Scotland’s liquid history, the Speyside Collection brings together 329 years of knowledge, expertise and whisky maturation.
The first release, limited-edition, Speyside Collection hosts a range of flavour profiles, from the fruity and peppery notes of Gordon & MacPhail Smith’s Glenlivet 1948 43%, to the long and slightly smoky finish of the Glen Grant 1949 40%, and the exotic fruit, sherry and crushed almonds flavours in Strathisla 1953 43%.
Showcasing whiskies from across the region, the Speyside Collection also offers Gordon & MacPhail Mortlach 1954 43%, a spicy and creamy whisky, the award winning Longmorn 1967 43%, which is bursting with warming spiciness followed by stewed fruit and citrus flavours, and Linkwood 1972 43%, with its flavours of chilli spice, banana and dark chocolate.
Since the founding of the business, Gordon & MacPhail has sent casks to distilleries throughout Scotland to be filled with new make spirit, before being matured under the custodianship of generations of the Urquhart family.
Developing relationships with distilleries across Scotland throughout the company’s history, the whiskies in Gordon & MacPhail’s Speyside Collection are uniquely labelled using the original distillery labels.
Stephen Rankin, director and a member of the fourth generation of the Urquharts, the family who own Gordon & MacPhail, said: “Four generations of our family have passed on skills and knowledge for matching spirit to quality casks and maturing whiskies for many years.
“The six vintages in the Speyside Collection are testament to our philosophy of producing high quality single malt. We hope malt whisky lovers will be able to enjoy and savour these special Speyside drams.”
The Speyside Collection is available to purchase from specialist whisky retailers at an RRP of £10,500 in the UK. Prices in overseas markets may differ due to local taxes and import duties. A limited edition of 75 Speyside Collections will be available for sale in this first release.
What I say:
Distilled at Glen Grant distillery in 1949, and matured in the following:
- Cask #30 First fill Sherry hogshead, distilled 6th January 1949
- Cask #2200 First fill Sherry butt, distilled 3rd June 1949
- Cask #2764 Refill Sherry hogshead, distilled 29th October 1949
- Cask #3182 First fill Sherry butt, distilled 24th November 1949
- Cask #3185 First fill Sherry butt, distilled 24th November 1949
Bottled at an age of 64 on the 6th June 2014 producing 653 bottles at 40%
Many thanks to Tom of Toms Whisky Reviews for sparing a little of this whisky to share with us.
Dark amber gold (12/20) medium tears leave long fine legs.
Musty and old, soft dried tobacco leaf, sandalwood, crystal malt, toffee and coffee, vanilla essence, dried fruits, floral roses, polish/beeswax on antique wood, sweetness increases rose & violet, juicy raisins, cherry, peach and apricot, caramelised sugars, a little saccharine/grape soda
Rosewater and violets, floral, red grape, raisin, cherry, peach and apricot fruits, a little Sauternes-like with some aged/fermented nature to the fruit, charred oak wood and woody sugars, ground pepper spice and some dusty cinnamon, drying and zesty, tannic sawdust, becomes sharp/acidic or acrid almost with a mixture of oak wood, treacle and marzipan plus some menthol and eucalyptus.
Long, sweet cinnamon, clove, aniseed balls and fruity raisin and cherry
Deliciously complex this has a whole basket of fresh fruit in it for 64 years old! The fruit is tinged with edges of ageing and fermentation, and the herbality and tannins from the oak ageing are very complimentary. I think quite complex is probably an understatement but then again it is hard to form sensible comparators to a whisky of such age!
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