Glen Grant

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

ABV
49.6%
Aging
48 Years Ex-Sherry
Recipe
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.


Review: Glen Grant 15 Years Old 1997 Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Wm Cadenhead) by Jason Hambrey

ABV
46%
Aging
15 Years Ex-Bourbon
Recipe
100% Malted Barley
Distiller Glen Grant (Rothes, Scotland)

A distillery that may not be as well, but one of the largest single malt distilleries in Scotland. Here, not a distillery bottling but an independent bottling from Cadenhead.


Review (2017)

  • Batch: N/A (924 Bottles)

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: 2013

Light and fruity, with lots of grape, vanilla, red wine must, almonds, and clove too. Prunes, sticky toffee pudding. The palate is light, with a solid grassy, spicy backbone and maintaining a light fruity character – grape, vanilla, pecans, Asian pear, and gooseberries. Ends in cinnamon and brown sugar and some mulled white wine. Light enough that even at 46% the alcohol content seems high. Not my favorite style of whisky – if you like clean, light, and fruity drams this one may be more to your liking than mine.

Value: Low, at $75.