Sometimes you come across a sample in your sample collection that you can’t remember buying. When you find out it’s a 12 year old Glen Grant at almost 60%, you honestly can’t think why you ever spent money on it.
That might sounds insanely snobbish, but it’s mostly that I generally don’t really like modern Glen Grant, and especially those insanely strong SMWS bottlings normally don’t get a rave review from me.
Then you see that it’s called ‘Coffee and Cigarettes’ and, in combination with it being a 1st fill bourbon cask makes absolutely no sense to me. I still wonder how it ever got on my shelf.
Anyway, I brought it with me on holiday to review it and see what’s what.
Wood ashes, very dry, some light wood spices. Eventually, there’s a bit of cigarettes and vanilla.
A bit thin, but very sharp. A lot of heat from the alcohol. Chili peppers, wood, some weird bit of cigarettes and ash.
A massive afterburner. Insanely sharp, too sharp. More vanilla and oak, slightly fruity with some hints of pear and cooked apple.
What I’m glad about is that in some cases I think I know what to expect, and then it turns out to be the right thing to expect. This isn’t so much a bad whisky as one that’s absolutely not in my wheelhouse.
It’s way too strong, and I think the charring of the cask has completely taken over the whisky. Not a good one, in my book.
Glen Grant 12, distilled on 20/08/2002, 1st fill bourbon cask, SMWS, 9.100, Coffee and Cigarettes, 59.9%. It used to cost £ 48,40 from the SMWS, but six months after release it didn’t even get that in auction.