Douglas Laing Glen Grant Tasting Notes

Posted: August 26, 2011 in Glen Grant, Scotch Whisky A-G

Douglas Laing Old Particular Glen Grant 1994 (20 year old) 51.5%

Bourbon/ Code: OLD0187/ Dist: Oct 1994 Btl: Mar 2015/ Tasted: Apr 2015

Quite an apply nose with barley and dusty, fragrant, sweet spices. Showing a lovely maturity and freshness with a herbal, almost rye-like note with time.

The palate opens with sweetened grapefruit, barley, mocha and toffee’d oak. Quite malty with some granulated sugar on the middle. Good length with a lightly herbal finish. Feels quite young for 20 years old.

Douglas Laing Old Particular Glen Grant 1995 (21 year old) 51.5%

Refill Bourbon Hogshead?/ Code: OLD0350/ Dist: Jun 1998 Btl: Nov 2016?/ Tasted: Dec 2016

A mature but fresh and fragrant nose. Quite grassy with hints of lemon, lime, apricot and barley. Gently spiced with a touch of buttery oak and late sub-tropical fruit and toasty notes.

The palate is crisp, citric and mineral with dusty tannins, barley and a touch of buttery oak. The vibrant minerality keeps the sweet oak in check. Hints of coffee, gooseberry and lime come through and lead into a slightly austere but very minerally finish. A light sugar coated violet note comes out at the very end.


Douglas Laing Premier Barrel Glen Grant 1998 (12 year old) 46%

Bourbon/ Code: PBR0102/ Dist: Sept 1998 Btl: Aug 2011/ Tasted: Aug 2011

Quite a perfumed nose with a slight muskiness along with hints of wood shavings and crisp citrus fruit. The palate is pretty much all oak – light nutty, toffee’d caramel and alcohol. Not much of a mid palate or a finish to be honest. The nose was pretty enough but the oak had a strangle hold of the palate.


Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask Glen Grant 1975 ‘Brandy Cask Finish’ (36 year old) 50%

Bourbon/ Brandy

Code: OMC2117/ Dist: Apr 1975 Btl: Dec 2011/ Tasted: Dec 2011

An ever so slightly must start to the nose with some muted spicy, dried fruit, malt and liquorice. The mature bourbon oak comes through with some toffee’d, biscuity notes, but it seems to take awhile to find some rhythm and loose the mustiness, which I get the feeling comes from the finishing cask. With time the spirit begins to show its age with a botanical note creeping in.

Like the nose the palate is slightly musty with the dried spices trying to cover it. Dried grape mingles with malty liquorice and dark fruit building pleasantly with intensity as a wave of spices break over the tongue followed by more dried fruit and with no surprise some bitter oak on the finish, however to give it its dues the malty/ honeyed fruit just about balances that bitter note. A lovely length and finish…….. mustiness aside!

Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask Glen Grant 1993 (18 year old) 50%

Bourbon/ Code: OMC2143/ Dist: Oct 1993 Btl: Feb 2012/ Tasted: Feb 2012

A surprisingly high toned nose. Lean but clean with a slight nuttiness and a slight marc-like note. It seems younger than 18 years old. Late hints of barley and toffee.

Soft and youthful on the palate. Like the nose, lean with a suggestion of citrus. Pleasant nutty, vanilla notes on the middle and a good spicy finish. However it’s still a bit lean with a distinct mentholated/ alcoholic finish.


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