Origin: Speyside (Scozia)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing cask: Ex-Sherry Oloroso
Added coloring: No
Owner: Wilson & Morgan
Average price: € 300.00
Official website: www.wilsonandmorgan.com
Wilson&Morgan’s Barrel Selection series offers very special bottles, not necessarily with significant ageing but certainly not indifferent.
Here we talk about the marriage between two ex-Sherry Oloroso casks (130818 and 130819, for those interested) that gave birth to this Glen Grant after being filled in 1992 and bottled in 2018 in 405 bottles, now not so easy to find.
A gold medal winner at the 2018 Milano Whisky Festival, as with another independent Glen Grant bottling I happened to try, expectations (needless to say) are high: Glen Grant can offer a lot, if treated properly.
Amber in the glass.
The twenty-five years have helped the Sherry’s influence on the whisky: you don’t perceive the invasive and overbearing Sherry explosion on the nose that you can find elsewhere, on the contrary. The influence of the Spanish wine gives elegance, silkiness to the nose, an opulence that isn’t exhibited and caresses the aromas of red fruits, dates, prunes, sultanas in liquor, chocolate, cooked apples, pine nuts. There is even a balsamic touch, perceived on the surface, before dipping into the damask notes.
At the mouth comes an unexpected puff of smoke, which tends to remain as the fil rouge of the dram, more decisive and brazen than on the nose, which slams down on the table (or palate) with an intricate skein of aromas involving grape must, sultana bread, dates and prunes, sour cherries, dark chocolate, liquorice, lacquered wood, marsala zabaglione. It’s more full-bodied, driven, undulating among the flavours with a balsamic intrusion that disorients and cleanses the mouth between one sip and the next.
Long finish, chocolate, wood, hint of salt, dried fruit, dates.
Rich and complex, it almost pisses you off how much it shows that Glen Grant has huge untapped potential in their in-house bottlings, but thankfully there are enthusiasts like Wilson&Morgan who know how to make the most of it.