Monday, 18 August 2008

SMWS 9.44 (Glen Grant 10 yo 1997/2008)

SMWS 9.44 (Glen Grant 10 yo 1997/2008)

2008, SMWS

Single malt - Speyside
Pale copper
59.4% ABV

Nose: Honey, brassy, lemon, Portuguese cherry brandy, wet wood, hints of ginger.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, fizzy, thickens slightly.
Tasting: Sour. Ginger, butter, rhubarb, lemons, carrot cake, hints of sweet cherry.
Finish: Medium. Rubber bands, butter, vanilla.


A little water transforms the carrot cake into frosting and vanilla sponge, with just a hint of carrot. It gets a lot less complex unfortunately, losing the rhubarb. The whisky just isn't that balanced though, it's a little raw. A wise man once told me that Glen Grant is the slowest aging whisky - it takes about 25 years before the casks are ready to drink. On this evidence, he was right.


Not bad.

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