Review: Glen Grant 1965 48 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Celebration of the Cask) / by Jason Hambrey

48 Years Ex-Sherry
100% Malted Barley
Distiller Glen Grant (Rothes, Scotland)

What an old beast! These old Glen Grants can be found, some of which are spectacular, at the hand of independent bottlers - often relatively cheaper than other monstrously aged single malts. Very very few single malts make it to 48 years...

Review (2017)

  • Batch: Cask 2137 (112 bottles)

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: ~2012

Cask 2137; single hogshead (112 bottles)

Candle wax, leather, rancio, fresh apple, apple sauce, plum, cinnamon, prune, freshly struck match, and lots of oak. The nose is thick. The palate continues with oak, apple, plum, dried ginger, and a layering of vanilla and tingly spices. Brilliant. Finishes with light sherry, freshly struck match, stewed apricot, clove, brown sugar, wax, and honeysuckle. A terrific strength. Complex and fascinating.

On a side note, there are some absolutely terrific old Glen Grants – certainly better than this one.

Highly Recommended (48% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Very low, at $964.