Glen Grant

Glen Grant 21 Years Old 1996 9.143 Graceful gravitas (60.6%, SMWS, Refill Bourbon HH, 258 Bottles, 2018)

Whisky Review: SMWS 9.143 Graceful gravitas

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What they say

Cask No. 9.143: Graceful gravitas, meanwhile, is a classic Speyside bottling from a top-quality refill ex-bourbon hogshead that at 21-years-old provides an elegant, refined dram from our Sweet, Fruity & Mellow flavour profile, bottled at 60.6%.

Official tasting notes:

  • Polite yet meaningful with a dignified demeanour and we realised immediately that we were in the company of a true gentleman of a dram. Aromas of sweet earthy tobacco, crab samosas with passion fruit chutney, Manuka honey and late-harvest orange Muscat demanded our full attention. Full bodied on the palate with layer upon layer of deep dark fruits waiting to be discovered or like a triple chocolate caramel ombre cake. When adding a drop of water initially the balanced delicate sweetness of an ice wine followed by a chocolate orange avocado pudding and on the palate white chocolate panacotta with vinegar-infused raspberries.

What I say

One of a pair of bottlings released for the Spirit of Speyside Festival 2018 by The Scotch Malt Whisky Society.

Distilled at Glen Grant distillery on 23rd April 1996, this has spent 21 years maturing in a refill ex-Bourbon hogshead before bottling at cask strength 60.6% ABV, producing 258 bottles.

My tasting notes:

  • Appearance:  Sercial Madeira (9/20), quick large droplets leave medium-fine legs
  • Nose: Madagascan vanilla essence, sponge-cake mixture, floral rose and vanilla white chocolate, fruity orange blossom and its  honey, tropical fruit, papaya, Sauternes dessert wine, wine gums, passion fruit and fig balsamic vinegar.
  • Taste: Initially light and fruity, weight and body build, syrup, dried fig jam, but also that sharpness that lies between tropical fruit juice, pineapple, mango, grapefruit and gooseberry, and white balsamic vinegar, lime, chewing tobacco or tobacco leaf, slightly herbal and woody Cheroots, cigar boxes and vanilla and custard throughout like Portuguese custard tarts dusted with cinnamon.
  • Finish: Long, sweet, herbal, woody, fruity, delicious

Overall

A delicious tropical fruit and herbal-wood filled expression that took me way back to Cheroot cigars and oddly fig and passion fruit balsamic vinegar, there is a strong dessert-wine or gooseberry wine like influence in here too. A superb expression, just delicious.

Score: 91/100

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