Glen Grant 1960
Distilled in 1960 at Speyside's Glen Grant distillery, this was matured in first fill sherry butts. Bottlers Gordon and MacPhail describe this as "uncomplicated - a rich, sherried malt."
The nose is quite toasty and dry. There are plenty of feinty notes with a touch of leather and acacia honey. There are hints of wood resin and sap with a little pine oil. There are shades of rosewater and drying grapes with a good sherry note. The palate is quite rich and full. There are hints of cut herbs with a good sherry note. The oak is dry and smoky with a good greenness. Notes of rubbed petals and winter spice develop. The finish is long with cinnamon and winter spice for added warmth.
Presented with this rare malt Whiskey for a special birthday by my cousins in Australia. I have sampled many over the years but this is by far the best. Complex but smooth. The flowery taste mixed with pine and the subtle smokey finish make this a must for any Malt Whiskey drinker. Rated 9 as I have never sampled a 40 year plus before.
26th November 2010