Glen Grant is top five selling scotch in the world. Their best seller is NAS, which was normally served as aperitif or mixer, maybe that's why it's rarely discussed by whisky fans. Recently they redesigned the bottle and package, adding 12yo and 18yo to their core range, and the 18yo was named 2nd place in Jim Murray's 2017 Whisky Bible. It seems they are doing the right thing.
Glen Grant 16yo was their oldest whisky in the core range until the 18yo came out last year. The label has a description says "Intense, ripe orchard fruits, lingering finish." So that's see what I can get.
The review is from a 50ml miniature.
Nose: Fruity and crisp, a bit sharp but in the good way. Lemon, sweet olive, pear, kiwi and fresh grass.
Palate: Green apple, vanilla, pear and barely. Light, creamy and refreshing.
Finish: Dried pineapple, passion fruit, pear and cream. Dry and soft.
Balance: This whisky focuses on the fruity theme. The body is light but it holds the fruity flavors very well. Nothing offensive, very easy to drink.
I won't say it's a stunning whisky, but Glen Grant 16yo is indeed quite good and interesting, especially ideal for aperitif or summer dram. The body is clean, light and refreshing, due to the work of purifiers which installed on their distillers, and there are truly a lot of orchard fruits as mentioned on the label. It's fairly priced, but has been replaced by the 18yo now, which is quite expensive compared to the retired 16yo.