Scotland > Speyside > Scotch and Other Whiskies > Single Malt > Glen Grant
Matured in a mix of first fill sherry hogsheads and refill ex-Bourbon barrels, the whisky was bottled at 9 years of age and 43%.
Andrew's Tasting Note
Nose: bakery and fruity notes leap out of the glass; very honeyed, decadent and tropical; buttery; sliced mango and papaya, honey dew melon and Starburst fruit candies.
Palate: light but very fresh and fruity; assorted Starburst candies, more sliced mango and papaya and more of a melon liquor than straight melon; the honey, cream and buttery tones are still there too with some soft leather and gentle earthy notes; late spices.
Finish: medium in weight, but with good length; very fresh and fruity.
Comment: this is superb for a sub-10 year old single malt; loads of layers and good complexity; fresh decadent and fruity, this is "good morning" whisky!
Producer Tasting Note
"Nose without Water Sweet Sherry aromas mingle with brown sugar, orange, and cinnamon. Creamy vanilla custard notes combine with milk chocolate. Palate without Water Sweet initially with a peppery notes. Stewed fruit flavours lead to a fresh orange marmalade and hints of ground coffee. Charred oak is accompanied by a grapefruit edge on the finish. Nose with Water Sweet Sherry influences are still present along with creamy milk chocolate notes and a clean citrus edge. Subtle undertones of toffee and raisin mingle with a touch of cinnamon. Palate with Water Sweet and smooth with rich chocolate flavours leading to a burst of lime. Charred oak on the finish combines with a menthol edge. Body Medium. Finish Medium in length with lingering citrus notes. Add water with caution."
About Glen Grant Distillery (Gordon Macphail): "Built in 1840 by brothers John and James Grant, previously illicit distillers, this landmark Rothes distillery overlooks the majestic River Spey. Glen Grant Distillery draws its water from the Caperdonich Well, the same water source as its now mothballed sister distillery, Caperdonich. Legend has it that a spirit pipe ran between the two; this was prone to ‘interference’ at night from the local townsfolk who fancied a sly, illicit dram or two! Today, Glen Grant is famed internationally for its smooth, elegant whisky produced by the distillery’s unique stills – these have an almost square section between the pot and neck and purifiers on the lyne arms. These uncommon additions lend to the world renowned deliciously light, fruity, and gentle character that mature wonderfully in both bourbon and Sherry casks."
About the Distillery Labels Range: "Building and nurturing long-lasting relationships has always been key to curating our collection of single malt whiskies. It’s our relationships from the Sherry bodegas in Jerez, Spain, and the American Oak cooperages in Kentucky – where we source casks of the finest quality – to those who distil the Scottish malt spirit – which we fill into our casks – that has helped shape our foundations and continue to develop the future of Gordon & MacPhail."
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