Cadenhead used to regularly release great single malts at cask strength in their so-called Small Batch series. Rumour has it that since Mark Watt has left the company – and struck out on his own – that this series might in fact be discontinued. Well, in that case, let’s enjoy this Glen Grant 1992 that slept for a quarter century on a bourbon barrel while we still can.
Oh, yes… we are back in seventh heaven. Wonderfully creamy, rich and very aromatic nose on lots of honey, orchard fruit, stone fruit with soft hints of mango and papaya in the background. We’re going on a tropical tour this time around. Add some apricot pastry and cinnamon to make it picture perfect.
Tropical on the palate as well, but with a spicy twist. Almost as if a mashed banana is sprinkled with paprika powder, followed by Christmas stollen with lots of dried fruit in the mix. Honey, grapefruit, sultanas, the works. An absolutely delicious fruit bomb.
The top notes in the finish are apples and sweet malt, followed by surprisingly green notes of garden herbs and a mildly drying element at the death. Outstanding.
For those still wondering if Glen Grant from the period 1992-1996 is any good… it’s not. It’s fabulous.