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Glen Grant 60yo 1952/2012

(42.3%, Gordon & MacPhail, Commemorative decanter for Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee, C#465, 85 Bts., 70cl)
Average Score: 91
Bottle Profile
TypeScotch Single Malts (Disclosed Distilleries)
DistilleryGlen Grant
BottlerGordon & MacPhail
Brand NameGlen Grant
Year Distilled1952
Year Bottled2012
Alcohol By Volume42.3%
Other DetailsCommemorative decanter for Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee
Cask Number#465
Bottles85
Size70cl
Issued2012
Average Score91


Maniac Ratings
Robert Karlsson92
Lawrence Graham92
Keith Wood89


Tasting Notes
Keith WoodGlass: Classic Malt - Colour: Rich golden yellow - Nose: very vibrant and offering a subtle creaminess, lots of apple and just a hint of cinnamon just like an excellent apple strudel. There's even a hint of the vanilla sauce it would be served with. Light floral or even very faint herbal nuances follow with the slightest suggestion of something almost meaty, in a Sunday roast kind of way. Could this be a roast pork joint with a herbal crust? Even more floral notes appear with time in the glass and finally suggest rose petals, or even a rose oil fragrance. - Palate: There's an abundance of flora on the palate with a hint of something citrus or even pine-cone like. The apple nuances from the nose translate nicely onto the palate, albeit without the cinnamon, but with some slight pepperiness. The palate also offers a hint of light toffee or even butterscotch leading into the extremely long finish which is slightly bitter and certainly quite dry at the end. - Finish: Extremely long. - Overall Impression: Amazing lightness and complexity for such an aged whisky. In fact I am again very pleasantly surprised by the characteristics of an amazingly old Glen Grant. I can only hope I'm as light and vibrant at 60 as this is. This is bordering upon my scale of "Greatness", almost, but just not quite although it is truly excellent.