Glen Grant 1948 Gordon & MacPhail Private Collection Cask 2154 48.6% 1948
€ 20.216,99 (incl. Vat)
Gordon & MacPhail
Words Of Whisky:
Major points for complexity on the nose. Regardless of age, this is a style of whisky that’s currently not made anymore. The industrial side of it is truly remarkable.
Quite herbacious and somewhat industrial, with whispers of soot and diesel oil, as well as a whiff of earthy peat and smoke. It has a subtle floral side too, but it has a hard time standing up to notes of licorice, menthol and mushrooms, as well as soy sauce and furniture polish. There’s touches of salted caramel, honey, toasted oak and orange peel too. Elegant, beautifully complex and wonderfully balanced.
A good amount of dark caramel and cigar tobacco, accompanied by notes of mocha and menthol. Maybe even a whiff of peat smoke. Oranges (of the fairly acidic variety) as well as earl grey tea and shoe wax. A whisper of aceto balsamico too.
Lingering aniseed, orange liqueur and tobacco, with finally a whisper of cocoa powder. Medium in length.
Nose: starts on typical brass polish with a sweet, honeyed undertone. Rubbed petals, hints of fennel and cut herbs. Mentholated notes, maybe teak oil. After Eight. Cigar boxes. Apricots and orange peel. In the background there’s a hint of dried porcini and old books. A whiff of smoke and old leather as well. A bit fragile but really great complexity.
Mouth: a surprisingly dark profile which the colour of the whisky doesn’t suggest. Mexican chocolate, smoke and tobacco leaves. Coffee or even tar liqueur. Old Pu-Erh. Sappy oak. Then cardamom, cloves, aniseed and cough syrup. Very herbal towards the end (reminding me of an old Jerez Quina I once had).
Finish: medium, with many teas and herbs, a sourness of charred oak but also dark cocoa.
Always a pleasure to try such an old malt. Maybe not because it is the best whisky ever, but because such old drams are so different from all others. Oak influenced of course but not tannic. Excellent.