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28 Jun 2014

Glen Grant 1972 (Maltbarn)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Glen Grant

Like the Port Ellen 1983, this Glen Grant 1972 was bottled in 2012 and released by Maltbarn just recently. Like the neighbouring Caperdonich 1972, it’s one of the old delights that seem to have disappeared from the market almost entirely.


Glen Grant 1972/2012 MaltbarnGlen Grant 40 yo 1972 (51,6%, Maltbarn 2012, sherry cask, 49 btl.)

Nose: the joys of whisky. Different kinds of fruit jams (apricots and greengages), mixed with wonderful beehive notes (pollen, beeswax, honeycomb) and fine polished oak. Very light mineral notes, as well as a minty freshness. Quite brilliant. Mouth: spicy, with a faint oaky bitterness, but luckily there’s still plenty of fruity sweetness. Oranges and yellow plums. Fruit cake. Honey pastry and beeswax. Evolves on Early Grey teas. Finish: fruit tea indeed. Long, honeyed, with very mild tannins considering the age. A little aniseed in the very end.

Yes, I love this profile. Just a handful of bottles left, I guess. These Glen Grant 1972’s have become expensive but they’re still wonderful. We should be thankful someone can still offer them. Around € 400.

Score: 92/100

Glen Grant 1972 (Maltbarn) 4.5 Ruben Luyten 2014-06-28
  • Kris Cuypers

    Great review again Ruben. I love these early seventies Glen Grants for their ‘jammy’ character and taste. Would love to add this one to the collection. Unfortunately these beauties are out of reach for the majority of us. The only thing we can do I guess is hold on to the bottles we bought a couple of years ago and enjoy them thoroughly and slowly ;-)

  • Tabrulavubeg

    And once more (after the Port Ellen release from the same bottler) one could assume that Maltbarn has waited for 2 years with the release of this bottling in order to be able to ask for considerably higher prices (compared to 2012)…

  • kjg

    I would expect lower price for an IB. can find 60s bottles cheaper than this.

  • Martin

    I did not buy these casks in 2012. And even if I did: Would you release a bottling in 2014 for the prices of 2012??? I did not start with these prices, it was the big companies and the big indies. And their bottlings are even more expensive. And speaking of speculation: Buying a cask and storing it for a few years is always risky: does anybody compensate the buyer in case prices will drop in the meantime? No, in that case he`s the idiot who paid too much. But in case prices rise everybody sees him as the greedy guy.

  • Martin

    You can`t find cheaper 60`s bottlings that are new on the market. And you can`t find a cheaper 72 Glen Grant that is released now. In fact you can`t find a new 72 Glen Grant at all, there simply is none.
    I know it`s frustrating and believe me, I really preferred the days when there was plenty of supply and the prices were cheaper. That made my life easier as well and the financial risk was much lower. But these days are gone.

  • WhiskyNotes

    Martin has a good point here. Prices have risen significantly but that’s not his sole responsability. He didn’t keep the cask behind, he just bought bottled whisky that someone else kept behind for some time.

    Independent bottlers are usually not the big speculators – if you’re looking for someone to blame, it’s probably marketeers, auctions and consumers in general.

  • Tabrulavubeg

    Neither I am looking to blame anyone, nor would I consider anyone “greedy”, especially as long as I don’t know the exact details of their business model. All I’m looking for is some input with regards to the whisky market’s phenomenons. It’s just that so far I have not been aware of bottlers buying already bottled whisky, let alone bottlers bottling whisky which they are not intending to sell in the short term. There will be “good” reasons for this procedure beyond greed, I am sure.



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