Origin: Speyside (Scotland)
Type: Single Cask Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing cask: Ex-Sherry
Added coloring: No
Owner: J & A Mitchell & Co Ltd.
Average price: € 95.00
Official website: www.cadenhead.scot
Again Cadenhead’s and again the Authentic Collection, consisting of cask strength from single cask.
I admit to one of my serious failings: I ‘ve never tasted Glen Grant, not even in its most common and widespread expression (and much loved in Italy).
I’d have liked to have had the chance to approach the 5 year old before trying a more mature expression like this one, but alas I didn’t happen to have a bottle from which to draw a dram, so I will have to be content: I am waiting for that opportunity to talk about the distillery.
Here we find a distillation from 1995, left to rest in an ex-Sherry cask until October 2015, creating 510 bottles still available at a very fair price.
Light gold in the glass.
On the nose, cherries in alcohol stand out along with pencil shavings, a hint of fresh almonds, chocolate and furniture polish. You can feel the age…
The alcohol content in the mouth is certainly not indifferent, a considerable challenge to try it pure, which I accept and continue… The Sherried influence is very present, the Mon Chéri effect is amplified accompanied by caramel, leather, a touch of honey and a herbaceous hint of worked earth. The mix is truly bizarre, sweet and caressing but with a raw lash. Seized with curiosity, I try to dilute it and the fruity notes are accentuated, bringing out prunes and some floral touches, the ‘peasant’ aspect is softened and some of the charm of the dram is lost: better natural, definitely.
The finish is quite long, of leather, earth and prunes.
A dram full of charm and contradictions, perhaps repulsive to some, but I found it enjoyable for that very reason.