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March 16, 2019





Angus's Corner
From our casual Scottish correspondent
and guest taster Angus MacRaild
Triple Glen Grant
Always loved Glen Grant, although I am guilty of neglecting the more contemporary bottlings. Let’s go a short way towards remedying that today. 


Glen Grant 18 yo (43%, OB, 2018) 

Glen Grant 18 yo (43%, OB, 2018) 
Serge tried the official 18 back in 2016 and wasn’t overwhelmed (WF 81), he obviously hadn’t been studying his Jim Murray Whisky Bible closely enough... Colour: white wine. Nose: honesty is the word. Bountiful green apples, fresh malt, pears, some oatmeal, a drizzle of honey, a dollop of custard. No one could be against this, but on the other hand it isn’t the most memorable of malts. Lots of orchard fruits, fresh cereals and an easygoing maturity that’s very pleasant. Mouth: good weight, a rather swollen and ‘fat’ maltiness. Lots of custard, honey, gooseberry tart with shortcrust pastry, nectar, white stone fruits, lemon peel. All very easy and elegant. Perhaps a wee nibble of white pepper and some putty as well. Very good! Finish: good length, lots of crisp cereals, buttered toast, mirabelle, lemon oils and freshly chopped herbs. Comments: I think some improvements have been made. I can’t see how anyone could fail to find pleasure in this whisky. It’s simple and direct but extremely charming and fresh. And there is a notable absence of any overtly active wood which is great. It all feels very natural. 
SGP: 631 - 84 points. 



Glen Grant 19 yo 1999/2018 (49.8%, OB ‘Distillery Only’, cask #1, 94 bottles)

Glen Grant 19 yo 1999/2018 (49.8%, OB ‘Distillery Only’, cask #1, 94 bottles) 
Colour: burnished gold. Nose: we’re in far more active wood territories here but it’s an extremely clean and highly polished nose. Lots of butter, furniture polish, canvas, baking parchment, scone mix, sultanas in calvados, lemon oils and some very delicate waxiness. Reminiscent of some old style Glen Grant initially in some ways. Continues with things like fennel seed, toasted brown bread, mandarin liqueur and a wee touch of cough mixtures. Very nice! Mouth: more big polished notes such as beeswax and shoe polish. Some gentle sootiness, orchard fruits and green fruit syrups. Pear eau de vie, blossoms, nectar, putty, lime curd, gentle waxes and runny honey. Sweet flapjack with raisins and dried fruits. A hearty bowl of fruit-heavy muesli drizzled with honey. Finish: medium in length and still with these peeping notes of waxes, carbon paper, citrus peels and developing more towards the raw ingredients such as fresh malt and crisp cereals. Comments: Something of a surprise, an extremely lovey and pleasurable wee Glen Grant. I love the little entertaining nods to older school characteristics. 
SGP: 651 - 87 points.



Glen Grant 25 yo 1992/2018 (50.4%, Cadenhead’s Single Cask, bourbon barrel, 144 bottles)

Glen Grant 25 yo 1992/2018 (50.4%, Cadenhead’s Single Cask, bourbon barrel, 144 bottles)
Colour: pale gold. Nose: very much the same distillate, just older. Similar bountiful notes of orchard fruits, but here you can also add wee hints of mango, guava and papaya. Some green banana, a touch of wormwood, cinnamon swirl pastries, caramelised oatmeal and a very elegant wee thread of wax running throughout. Hints of orange vitamin tablets in mineral water, bay leaf and dried mint. With water: develops more towards the raw cereal aspects. A little soot, some toast, trail mix with sultanas and a few soft wood resins. Mouth: spiced mead, bouillon, some root vegetables roasted in honey, a dusting of paprika, lime oil, lemon zest, ink, pink peppercorns, heather honey, blossoms, earthy turmeric. Just great! With water: a little drier, again more cereal, more lemon peel, grapefruit pith, herbal ointments and a little bit of rice pudding with nutmeg. Finish: good length. Rather fresh, delicately fruity with notes of cider apple, some straw, plain malt, gristy notes and various dried herbs - notably thyme and bay leaf. Comments: How can anyone not be charmed by Glen Grant? A top notch mature example that is superbly quaffable and treads a perfect tightrope between distillate and cask. 
SGP: 641 - 88 points. 



Thanks Dirk!




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