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After their so called Inaugural Release, the boys at Whiskybase presented their Release, of which this 36 years old Glen Grant is part. Only 81 bottles of this golden nectar saw the light of day. For me, this is my 12th encounter with this distillery.
As we have come to expect from Glen Grant, the nose is very fruity, almost exotic: orange, strawberry, melon, cherry, raspberry. The last fruit is the most prominent. Very sweet and slightly floral. Softly, but pleasantly spiced with some allspice and nutmeg. After a bit of hand warmth, it reveals polishing wax and leather. An abundance of honey. Very nice development. A nose that keeps me occupied for more than fifteen minutes.
On the palate, it indeed proves to be a fruity whisky. All fruits from the nose return (with a few extra in the mix like peaches), but the spices and oak speak much louder now. Pepper and ginger and a slightly bitter twist from the wood.
The finish is drying, reasonably long and very spicy.
On the nose alone, I would easily rate this a 90, but the oak gets too smug on the palate, making him dive under that score. Having said that, this is one helluva Glen Grant. Around 150 EUR.