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Glen Grant 21 Year Old

Distilled Roses

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@casualtortureReview by @casualtorture

27th May 2020

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  • Nose
    22
  • Taste
    21
  • Finish
    23
  • Balance
    21
  • Overall
    87

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This was a unique (for here) find that popped up in a super rural store I stopped in. Was a very decent price and I couldn't resist. This 21yo Glen Grant was aged in refill sherry casks and bottled by G&M at 43%. Neat in a Glencairn, this is only my second glass from this bottle.

Nose: Rose petals. I have never been so sure of a flavor in a whisky before. I have had some floral Japanese whiskies but this takes floral to another level. Also some green grapes and strawberries. It's not that oaky despite the age. Also worth mentioning, despite the lower proof, the flavors are strong and distinguishable.

Palate: Did I mention the roses before? Well, they're back in force. It's almost like they added rose petals into the barrel. There is also a pretty distinct peppermint note and tea note. I'm not a huge tea drinker, but this is definitely green tea. Then some vanilla and green fruits in the background. It's malty as well, the underlying spirit can be found despite 21 years in oak.

Finish: Interesting finish with a lot of different things going on. Some oak finally shows up, and it's still floral with some peppermint and green tea, but then at the end there is this tobacco/cigar ash note that for some reason I really like. Nice long finish.

Overall: I'm glad I got the opportunity to find this. It's an enjoyable nose, and quite nice finish. The palate is really controlled by the rose/peppermint/tea combo. If that's your thing then you'll love this but I'm not really sure it's my cup of tea (see what I did there). I like the floral on the nose but so much of it on the palate is a bit of a turn off for my personal tastes. Honestly the most enjoyable part of this whisky is that long cigar ash finish. I'm trying to stay objective, because while this might not suite my personal tastes, I can tell this is a quality product.

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7 comments

@Victor
Victor commented

@casualtorture thanks for another lovely review.

How much did you pay? I like floral in whisky, but mint, no. Peppermint? That's a pretty aggressive flavour for whisky. Even spearmint seems discordant to me in any kind of whisk(e)y. Green tea is almost umami-like in its vague background tones. That I would expect would fit into a whisky flavour profile pretty easily. Sounds like I'd have to try this one before giving serious consideration to wanting a full bottle of it.

5 months ago 1Who liked this?

@casualtorture
casualtorture commented

It was $70 something. I want to say $74.99, which is the cheapest 21 year old I've ever come across.

5 months ago 1Who liked this?

@Victor
Victor commented

@casualtorture yes, $ 75 is a 2012 price for a 21 yo malt whisky.

5 months ago 1Who liked this?

@BlueNote
BlueNote commented

Wow, that is an exceptional price. However, it seems that the ridiculously priced 18 is the sweet spot in the Glen Grant lineup. I've seen the 18 at 2 1/2 times that price here.

5 months ago 1Who liked this?

@casualtorture
casualtorture commented

@Victor he said it had been sitting there for "a few years" so that sounds about right. I need to check these little rural shops out more often.

5 months ago 2Who liked this?

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

@casualtorture

Ah.. dusties...

I have been the beneficiary of a few of those, mostly in Calgary.

  • A couple of Springbank 12 YO CS Claret woods

    • Hazelburn Rundlets and Kilderkins
  • Some Macallan Cask Strength

  • A few Wiser's Legacy and Red Letter (for a friend)

  • A spare bottle of a G&M Mortlach

Less common now to find a special bottle like that, but it's fun to look around. Maybe in the future this will be possible again...

5 months ago 3Who liked this?

@BlueNote
BlueNote commented

@Nozinan Some very tasty pickings in that list. Let’s hope we will soon get back to the future we all envisioned before the arrival of Covid-19.

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