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24 Dec 2011

Glen Grant 1972 (Spirits in the Sky)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Glen Grant

This is the Glen Grant 1972 I was talking about last November when a group of people selected it as the Spirits in the Sky bottling in a Whisky Agency Masterclass. It arrived in stores last week and I’ve heard sales are roaring.

 

Glen Grant 1972 - TWA Spirits in the SkyGlen Grant 39 yo 1972 (53,2%,
The Whisky Agency ‘Perfect Dram’ 2011, ex-sherry cask, 119 btl.)

Nose: big big notes of cherries (dark cherries as well as Portuguese Ginjinha liqueur made from Morello cherries). Lots of dried fruits like figs. Bramble and plums. Dark honey. Precious woods and hints of leather and eucalyptus. Heaps of oriental spices as well (which blend into a kind of incense profile). A drop of water brings out beehive notes and makes the fruits a little more tropical. Just great. Mouth: more oak in the attack, but quickly the fruits take over. Still plenty of cherry notes, plums and mixed red fruit jam, this time combining nicely with a chocolate coating. Fruit cake. Finish: long and elegant, fading on Mon Cherie and soft spices.

This Glen Grant 1972 is clearly more sherried than the MM Awards winning Glen Grant 1972/2009 by Duncan Taylor or any other (mostly refill sherry) expressions of GG72. The oak is well controlled. A real beauty. Recommended. Around € 210.

Score: 92/100

Merry Xmas everyone!

Glen Grant 1972 (Spirits in the Sky) 4.5 Ruben Luyten 2011-12-24
  • Michael

    Merry Christmas Ruben

  • Michael alias Duffer.dk

    Merry Christmas Ruben!
    Thank you for one of the best whisky sites on earth.
    I do like your way of typing whatever seems to be your honest opinion, unlike a few other sites who wants to please everybody – read: distilleries, retailers or bottlers.

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