A sample of a quite old Glen Grant, from the square bottle era, which is probably the 1980s. I expect quite something from this wee sample, since if it’s bottled in the 80s, it’s distilled in the 70s and this is from the batches that is giving us all those incredibly great 30 and 40 year old now.
Quite fresh and floral, is the first thing that I notice. Lightly sherried, and I expected heavier sherry influence since they had ‘better’ sherry casks back then. Not too deep, smell-wise. Juicy fruits and for some reason it smells ‘old’. More feinty than you’d expect, with polished and waxed wood.
Very very watery and thin. There are some fruit flavours present, and some wood too. Peach and apple, but man, this is watery.
The finish shows some pepper but is rather short. Again, juicy sherry but not much else is going on.
It’s antiquity makes it interesting, but nowadays I wouldn’t rate a modern whisky with this profile more than 2 stars. And since I care more about flavour than antiquity, two stars it is. The flavours that are there are all nice, but if you’d tell me this was watered down to 20% I wouldn’t be surprised.
Glen Grant 10, bottled in the ’80s, OB, 40%, 75cl, at € 45 on Whiskyauction at the moment of writing.