Mackillop’s Choice Glen Grant Tasting Notes

Posted: May 18, 2013 in Glen Grant, Scotch Whisky A-G

Mackillop’s Choice Glen Grant 1990 (21 year old) 56.1%

Bourbon Cask 23169/ Dist: 1990 Btl: April 2010/Tasted: Aug 2012

Mature and nutty aromas with hints of earth and quite a lot of peat for a Glen Grant. Edgy and a bit raw, this definitely a rough ‘un! The alcohol is adding to the pungency and with time some old oak vanillins emerge.

The palate is intense, earthy and nutty with liquorice, nut kernel, malt, treacle and more malt! Very alcoholic and the mouth waters uncontrollably due to the pummelling of the alcohol. Still a bit on the raw side, but it feels like there is some juicy fruit trapped beneath.

With water the nose is gentler and spicier and thankfully that orange fruit has been released, and my it’s molten and luscious with a beautiful fragrance and a pleasant maturity. Still quite earthy, nutty and although shall we say lacking elegance I love it’s edginess. The palate is oilier and nuttier and definitely showing some age now. Still quite earthy but it has a delightful light, perfumed orange blossom character with a touch of violets. Gentle and mature with some old oak tannins, malt, treacle and liquorice. Again still a little rough at the edges but it has a lovely depth and gentleness.

Mackillop’s Choice Glen Grant 1973 (39 year old) 52.6%

Sherry Cask 6582/ Dist: Jul 1973 Btl: Mar 2013/ Tasted: Apr 2013

What a nose! Thick slabs of moist, dusty spice laden sherry wood. Sublimely delicate with a Cognac-esque dried fruit rancio. Lightly nutty with treacle, violets, gentle smoke and a smidge of herbs, green fruit and macerated dark orange. Beautifully weighted and poised.

Treacle coated, lightly herbal sherry glides over the tongue, punctuated by hints of green fruit, demerara sugar, moist fruitcake and duty spices. Faultlessly clean with the malty walnuts and date notes building. Beautifully mature dried grape, sultana and orange rind follow along with some marzipan moments and crumbly spices to die for! Breathtaking balance, vibrancy and maturity. So moist and gently spiced with a light coffee and crystallised violet finish. A damn fine old Speysider!


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