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Signatory Vintage 12 Year Old Glen Grant

Glen Grant

All of the Glen Grants I have tasted have generally been well rounded, light and crisp – except for a 37 Year Old Duncan Taylor bottling that I still dream about. This particular Glen Grant falls in line with the majority.


12 Year, Distilled 1997, Bottled 2009
Cask No. 3884 Hogshead
Bottled at 43%ABV

Color: Light Amber

Nose: Malty candied sweetness, white grapes, a fresh apple tart, ripe pears.

Palate: Very representative of the nose – almost the same thing, additionally some vanilla, oak dryness and white pepper.

Finish: medium, white pepper spice.

Comments: I like! This is a well rounded malt, fresh and vibrant. It isn’t going to blow your mind and leave a lasting impression but it is a great relaxing dram to enjoy on a warm day.

We also posted some notes on the OB 10 Year Old bottling here.

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Glen Grant 10 OB Review Take 1

I think of Glen Grant as whisky’s classic old guard.  The Fenway Park or Augusta National of whisky you might say.  I am not sure why I think this, but for some reason I do.  Currently the behemoth Italian company Gruppo Campari owns the Glen Grant distillery.  In the past I have had some of the Gordon & MacPhail realeases, but never an OB release so I wanted to give it a try.

I was a little wary of purchasing this bottle for our tasting event as it was amongst some heavy hitters.  I was afraid that it was going to get lost in

Glen Grant 10

the mix or plain just blown out of the water.  There were 2 cask strength bottles (Auchentoshan and A’Bunadh) as well as a Port Ellen in the mix that same night.  The thinking was to use the Glen Grant as a sort of palate cleaner after the two cask strength bottles and before the Port Ellen.  My fears were somewhat put to rest by the friendly staff at the Whisky Shop on Sutter Street in San Francisco.  Dara felt that the Glen Grant would be able to stand on its own two feet amongst the other bottles.  So I went for it…and I was definitely not disappointed.

Glen Grant 10 OB, Speyside, bottled at 40%ABV

Color – Yellow, light straw

Nose – Banana runts (if you remember that candy), malt background, apples

Palate – Smooth, cereal, hints of apple pie, a little difficult to get through, makes you work for it, sweet.

Finish – fast and clean.

This is definitely an easy drinker, but still has enough character to make it interesting.  It is a great value at ~$45/bottle.  I am looking forward to trying the 16 year old OB next.

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Short Re-Cap of April #Whisky Tasting in San Francisco

Date of Tasting: April 15, 2010

With colder than normal weather, there was some concern about having an outdoor tasting. While jackets or other garb offering a layer of warmth were a sound idea, the fog, chill winds, or any otherwise inordinately inclement weather failed to materialize. And at 6:30 it was still light out so the out-back seating worked well for what was a respectable turnout of the 3rd Thursday crowd. In addition to Aberlour’s A’bunadh, the line-up boasted a few untested (but highly anticipated) quantities including a Dewer Rattray Auchentoshan and a Provenance Port Ellen. A 10-year Glen Grant also worked its way into the night’s sanctioned festivities.  All purchased from our wonderful local retailer: Whisky Shop


Taking a non-standard tack, the evening kicked off with a cask-strength dose of the 18 year Auchentoshan. The bold beginning was well-received. Owed in part to yet another excellent selection by Dewer Rattray, in part to a surprisingly complex Auchentoshan, and in part to everyone’s need to get down to the business of drinking, this first round improved already good moods and set a high bar. It also got people munching on the Mediterranean platters which work well to pad the stomach without compromising the taste buds (unless you go a little to heavy on the red chili sauce, which tends to bring out the heat in any dram). And so a night both low-key and cosmopolitan ensued: fine scotch whisky paired with hummus and falafels in the back of an upscale restaurant on a cooling April in San Francisco.

The A’bunadh came quickly on the heels of the Auchentoshan. Looking more sherry than some sherries, the dense almost-sanguine color was a pleasure in and of itself and at 59.5%, it built upon the fanciful flavors of the proceeding lowland with its not-misplaced reputation for a densely packed, intense whisky. As is typical, each drinking at there own pace, engaging in conversations more engaging than others, etc., the lock-step pace of the tasting began to fracture with some breaking away while others lingered.

The Respectable Side

Looking up at what is left of the Auchentoshan

In this haphazard but traditional manner the Glen Grant started making the rounds. Billed as a 43% palate cleanser to both take the heat down and to make way for the Port Ellen, the Glen Grant jumped rapidly to the head of many revelers’ favorite-of-the-night list. Lush and pleasant. And instead of getting boring it just got tastier and more popular. 3rd Thursdays are no exception to the second law of thermodynamics and entropy is essential to any casual whisky tasting.

By the time Port Ellen was pouring the muse of low level chaos had established a beachhead and the night was “officially” on.  The Port Ellen caught some by surprise and left others wondering but by the end of the evening’s festivities, it was just as empty as the Glen Grant. I thought the Auchentoshan had a swig left in it but the angels appeared to have taken a second share while my back was turned.


I would be remiss if I failed to mention a surprise entry for the late-night stragglers. Glenmorangie’s Astar was lauded by the still-extant palates as a real treat. So much so that half a bottle went missing quickly amidst the conversation and delight of those still drinking. – N. Nicoll (Formal tasting notes to follow).  Pictures provided by R. Polnar.


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