In the run up to the 1000th (!) casks bottled by this Dutch bottler, van Wees seeks out special casks to release in nice wooden chests. This is their 900th cask: a Glen Grant from 1997 at cask strength.
On the one hand the nose is candy-like on oranges and other citrus fruit with a truckload of honey and some vanilla, but on the other shows some nice earthy notes with soft spices that give it depth and make this nose an absolute pleasure. Wine-gums and gummi bears are alternated with wood shavings and grilled pineapple.
On the palate it all starts very sweet (honey, vanilla, wine-gums), but soon a lovely bitterness emerges. Both grapefruit and grape pith and some tannins. The spices give it a warm character. Think liquorice, quinine and cardamom. While the nose promised a soft Speysider, it offers a sturdy fellow on the palate. Midpalate some yellow and white fruit emerge to make it absolutely clear that this is a little fruit bomb.
The finish is tremendously long, spicy warm and fruity sweet.
Now this is a single cask with which you can impress. Which van Wees did. Recommended. Thanks, Benny.