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Cadenhead's Glen Grant Distillery Independent Bottlers Scotland Speyside Region

Cadenhead’s Glen Grant-Glenlivet 20yo

Review of Glen Grant-Glenlivet aged 20 years by Cadenhead's.

Origin: Speyside (Scotland)
Type: Single Cask Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Gradation: 57.5%ABV
Ageing barrel: Ex-Sherry
Chillfiltered: No
Added coloring: No
Owner: J & A Mitchell & Co Ltd.
Average price: € 95.00
Official website: www.cadenhead.scot
Vote: 87/100

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.

Tasting notes

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.

Reviews of Glen Grant whisky in the blog:
Glen Grant 5yo
Glen Grant 10yo
Glen Grant 12yo
Wilson & Morgan Glen Grant 25yo

Reviews of Cadenhead’s whisky in the blog:
Cadenhead’s Arran 22yo
Cadenhead’s Aultmore-Glenlivet 12yo 2006
Cadenhead’s Balblair 8yo Small Batch
Cadenhead’s Ben Nevis 21yo
Cadenhead’s Bowmore 17yo
Cadenhead’s Bruichladdich 22yo
Cadenhead’s Clynelish 17yo
Cadenhead’s Dalmore 18yo
Cadenhead’s Glen Scotia 27yo
Cadenhead’s Glenrothes 1997 20yo Small Batch
Cadenhead’s Ledaig 22yo
Cadenhead’s Macduff 13yo 2006
Cadenhead’s Rosebank 15yo

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