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Glen Grant 10 Year Old

Bitter Disappointment

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@casualtortureReview by @casualtorture

11th May 2017


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Summer is coming so i'm on the lookout for entry level light unpeated whiskies. This is pt1 of a head to head with Glenmorangie 10. This will be a pretty short review as I didn't find many good things to say about this one.

Nose: Not much here. Some grapes, green pear, something resembling unsalted saltine crackers. And bitter.

Palate: Bitter. Not a coffee bitter. Vinegar bitter. Very bitter. Takes over everything. Some sweetness there but you can't focus on it because of the sour bitterness. Like soaking sour skittles in vinegar.

Finish: Short. Bitter.

Overall: If rubbing alcohol is a 50, then this isn't much higher. Maybe the worst single malt whisky I have ever had. Or whisky for that matter. Only can go up from here so bring on the Glenmorangie tomorrow night.

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Alexsweden commented

Wow, shot down! I've been eyeing this one, I'm glad I haven't pulled the trigger yet!!

5 years ago 0

Ol_Jas commented

Negative reviews are almost always more entertaining than positive ones. Unsalted saltines! Blech.

5 years ago 1Who liked this?

Victor commented

@casualtorture, do you know the provenance of the sample here? Was this from a new bottle or from a bar sample? If from the latter, and you get shitty and bitter, it can be completely from storage conditions of the whisky. Any shitty bar sample experience has to be taken with a grain of salt, and any review of same needs an asterisk and an explanation.

I am no big proponent of Glen Grant 10 yo, but what I've had from my own bottle has been nothing like what you describe.

5 years ago 0

casualtorture commented

@Victor it's from my own bottle that has been open for about a week. I also am a bit perplexed because I read other reviews after posting this and no one had this problem with overwhelming sour bitterness. Even my girlfriend took and sip and said 'bleck.' Maybe it's a bad bottle/batch. But there is no way I would ever get this again.

5 years ago 1Who liked this?

OdysseusUnbound commented

@casualtorture Bad bottle is exactly what I was thinking. If it was stored improperly in the store (exposed to heat, sunlight etc...) it could be the reason it was off. But with all the different whiskies out there, I get not buying it again.

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Victor commented

@casualtorture, that is very understandable. Once badly burned, twice shy. I've had quite a few dud first bottles from whiskies which were usually good in most peoples' experience. Later sample experiences often showed me why other people liked them all along. But I still would have no real confidence again in investing in a bottle of the products that burned me. A bad bottle leaves a psychological scar of sorts.

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Ol_Jas commented

If it's from a store you've haven't gotten a ton of stuff from previously, you might want to place more suspicion on them instead of the bottler—as already noted. Many stores that don't specialize in this stuff store it wrong, especially by putting the bottles on their sides like wine.

One store by me does this all the time, and I've stopped trying to get the staff there to care. Sadly, they do it most often with the high-end bottles that they keep behind the counter instead of on the regular shelf. (The one that stands out in my mind was a huge pile of Laphroaig Lore all piled up on their sides.) I'm careful of what I buy there.

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