Distillery: Glen Grant. Region: Speyside. ABV: 43%. Age: 18 years. Price: $150.
After having tasted the wonderful new Glen Grant 12-year-old a few weeks ago, I was eager to try the distillery’s newly launched 18-year-old. These two bottlings, together with a separate non-chill-filtered 12-year-old expression, are replacing the previous Glen Grant 10- and 16-year-old in the U.S., complete with a welcome packaging update.
And now that Jim Murray has named the 18-year-old his 2017 Scotch Whisky of the Year and the second-best whisky in the world, it’s bound to get a lot more attention.
Like the new 12-year-old, the 18 has an aroma of delicate orchard fruits, but there are also deeper notes of sweet vanilla, caramel and oak here too. The creamy palate is layered with lighter vanilla and lemon citrus notes mixed with darker fruit–think raisins–and oaky spice. The spice and sweetness lingers on the long, crisp finish.
I really enjoyed the multiple layers of the Glen Grant 18. It’s approachable and light, but it also allows you to explore deeper and darker notes than the 12-year-old. The price tag of $150 is steep for an 18-year-old, but I’d recommend trying this new Speyside, especially in a side-by-side tasting with the 12.
Cheers! – JTR
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Glen Grant kindly provided a sample for review. As always, our opinions are 100% our own.
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Distiller: Glen Grant. Region: Speyside. ABV: 43%. Age: 12 years. Price: $50.
I’ll be completely honest–I was more than a little jealous when I saw Axis cohort BO’s post last week of the 16-bottle vertical tasting of Glen Grant he experienced. Those guys on the West Coast always seem to take their whisky tastings to a different level.
That post also made me even more excited to try the newly launched Glen Grant 12 year old for myself.
Founded in 1840, the legendary Glen Grant has a long history of producing whisky in the Speyside region of Scotland. Its master distiller, Dennis Malcolm, has spent the last 55 years perfecting his craft, and became a legend in his own right when Queen Elizabeth recently anointed him Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.
So how is his new 12-year-old expression?
The nose reminds me of walking past the fresh fruit stands at the local farmer’s market, where the aroma of freshly picked apples mixes with apricots and peaches. On the light palate are more fruit notes, with the addition of oranges and lemons. These are balanced with a lovely floral bouquet and very subtle spice. The sweet finish lingers as I raise my glass in congratulations to Dennis for his achievement.
This is a great Speyside at a reasonable price point, and makes me eager to try the new 18-year-old soon. Cheers! – JTR
The distiller graciously provided a sample for review. As always, our opinions are 100% our own.