25 Jul 2010
Glen Grant 1979 30yo (DL 60th Anniversary)
Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in Glen Grant
This 30 years old Glen Grant is an unusual whisky. It has been matured in a brandy butt and finished in a sherry cask – I can’t think of similar malts.
It was bottled to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of independent bottler Douglas Laing.
Glen Grant 30 yo 1979 (52,5%, Douglas Laing 2009, 60th Anniversary bottling, brandy butt – sherry finish, 282 btl.)
Nose: starts on notes of burnt sugar, smoke and honey. Bread crust. Caramelized apples. Slightly dusty. Chocolate. Cinnamon. Interesting but quite winey. Mouth: full and rather winey again. Sour apple cider, a sharp maltiness and a lot of oak. Tangy herbal elements (cough syrup, ginger). Sweet / sour combo, some cocoa. Gets very bitter in the end, rather difficult to enjoy. Finish: long, with liquorice and herbs.
I guess this cask was selected for its unusual maturation and equally unusual flavours. A shame really, I could think of a dozen other Glen Grants that are better suited to celebrate your anniversary. Around € 240.