Category-Single Malt, Distillery-Glen Grant, Bottler-The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS), Bottling serie-Nostalgia-filled trifle pudding, Vintage-11.09.2003, Stated Age-17 years old, Cask type-1st Fill Ex-Bourbon Barrel, Cask number-9.210, Number of bottles-205, Strength-56.7 %, Vol/Size-700 ml.
Lemony yellow gold in colour, with a nice thick swirl line, slow thick legs, and beads on the swirl line.
Straight into evergreen boughs, with distant peat smoke, dunnage and a real earthiness. Slowly sweetness starts to arrive. Icing sugar, cream soda, sugar lemon slices, along with a dustiness, and aromatic wood.
We have a decent mouthfeel here, but not overly oily, and yes the sugar lemon slices come through on the palate too, with loads of first fill Ex-Bourbon cask spices that turn into sweetness. Icing sugar sweetness next, guava and dried apricots, and as it sits longer darker fruits are trying to push in. Figs, raisins, black pepper, black and red liquorice, and strawberry pencils/laces.
Quite long to be honest, lovely and warming, that continues down onto the chest. Bitter lemon creeps in, with seared pineapple, blood oranges, then into darker notes. Black grapes, chocolate and chill’s, grapefruit, black liquorice, and star anise. Just as the finish is going to fade away salinity on the tip of the tongue, sublime.
I think this is the first time iv’e got to try a Glen Grant single malt, let alone a single cask at cask strength, non chill filtered and natural in colour, though i didn’t know it at the time. I have to say i really enjoyed this whisky, the nose is inviting , and it didn’t give anything away as to what the palate would bring. Well the palate is superb too in my humble opinion, and it develops wonderfully too. I put this whisky in 2nd place out of 5, and gave it 4 out of 5 points.
Finding out that it’s Glen Grant really made me smile, iv’e only ever tasted blended whisky from them, and to find out that this Single malt is so delightful was a real discovery. A big thank you goes out to Callum and Kate who picked it, a fantastic choice, and one i won’t forget anytime soon.
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