Review: Glen Grant
10 year old
Howdy friends! Great to be back and doing another review. This time it’s the Glen Grant 10 year old. Here’s a little something for getting in the know about whisky… the Glen Grant distillery is the only single malt distillery in Scotland
named after a person a not a place. How’s that for trivia? You can amaze your friends with your deep knowledge of Scotch with this little tidbit. Ha!
Anyway, let’s get started and take a look at the bottle. It’s a 10 year old single malt scotch whisky and is bottled at 40 percent alcohol by volume. It’s distilled at the Glen Grant Distillery in Rothes- Speyside, Scotland.
Shall we pour a small dram to try? On pouring a dram we see it is a straw color, almost golden. On rolling the dram in the glass, there is a strong coat ring; cling with good beading. On nosing the dram, what first hits me, is the abundance of dry friuit. We get apricots, sultanas, green grapes, and a coconut oil and a touch of boiled spinach or greens. There are some slight notes of vanilla, oak and cream. Undiluted on the palate, we see it is rich, oily, cream, dried fruit- figs, apricots, and some mild spice. It’s like a lovely fruit compote!
Adding a bit of water to dram really opens it up. On the nose, there are even more notes of dried fruit, boiled greens, and coconut oil. I also noticed something that reminded me of my childhood… was it after shave- Old Spice? There were also more notes of green grapes… maybe a Reisling? It is definitely very complex. On taking a sip with water, I notice less oil, milder spice, some notes of cola, and more fruit.
The finish was interesting. It was like a nut butter- maybe almond? There remained an oily, velvety coating on the tongue, with notes of cream soda and sherry. It was a long, satisfying astringent finish.
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So i give this 94 points out 100! I found that for me it is best with just a little water. Too much and the character is lost. It is nice, fruity, and enjoyable for all drinkers. I would say this would work well after dinner- almost like a ‘desert whisky’ if that is a thing! It reminded me very much of the Dalmore Cigar Malt, but younger. I really recommend this dram as a hidden gem. It has one award after award and yet is very reasonably priced. I would snatch a bottle or two before this becomes scarce and the price gets higher…
With this I will close this post of the dMann’s Whisky Notebook. I would like this to develop into something that will allow you to get ‘in the know’ regarding whisky. I hope to come up with some sort of cool tagline that I can close with. But until then, I would like to remind everyone that, those who are in the know, enjoy their whisky responsibly.