Glen Grant 1974 37 Years Old (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
Well, hello! Don’t mind if I partake in a few drops of Glen Grant 1974 37 Years Old from Berry Bros. & Rudd. One that, from the looks of it, has spent some time in a sherry cask, and was bottled at cask strength too. Yep, this has all the ingredients for a seriously delicious dramming experience.
Glen Grant 1974 37 Years Old (47,8%, Berry Bros. & Rudd, C#7643)
Nose: Fresh oranges and mandarines, with dates and hints of furniture polish. Some leather, as well as a wee bit of cigar tobacco and instant coffee, and just the lightest touch of menthol. Very attractive and inviting. Gentle…
Taste: Obviously well-aged, as this is slightly tannic. Plenty of tobacco notes again, as well as some aniseed. Creamy caramel, with some dried red fruits (but maybe not as much as I’d hoped for) and some bitter oranges. Finally a few spices too, such as cloves and nutmeg. Some very subtle smoke here as well.
Finish: Dry and peppery with a hint of chocolate and mandarines. Medium in length.
Just a tad too spicy/tannic to reach the 90 point threshold, but a very good an enjoyable Glen Grant nonetheless, with some of those mature qualities you only find in long aged whisky.
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Thijs is a spirits writer and accredited liquorist from The Netherlands. He runs the blog Words of Whisky and contributes to a number of Dutch and international publications.