Remember that guy Jim Murray? Well, I haven’t taken the piss out of him in a while and its high time I do it again.
This won his ‘Best Scotch Whisky’ of 2017 and was the second best whisky IN THE WORLD (!) in 2017. Does that mean anything? Yes. The guy has tasted a lot of whisky and has a big impact in the whisky world.
For example, this Glen Grant sold out and then immediately shot up in price.
He gave it 97/100 points. That’s a high score, and reading some of his other Glen Grant reviews, he is clearly a fan. But then, I’m a fan of Ledaig and you don’t see me handing out 97’s all day. (although I do have some 93’s coming up, stay posted)
I am not a massive fan of Glen Grant. Where Jim seems to like light and delicate whiskies, I often find they are lacking one quality I often look for: Power.
But this one could perhaps make up for it in balance and complexity, so let’s see… Oh, and they put this fancy new bottle in a fancy big box and upped the price recently.
Glen Grant 18 Rare Edition 43%
Nose: Fragrant, floral and very natural. Delicate, malt, green apple, very fresh, some chocolate.
Taste: Great delicate arrival, then malt, oak and spice, chocolate, nice balance of earthy malt and freshness, a little spirit in the development and towards the finish (that's the purifiers talking I reckon).
Finish: Medium/Long length. Green grape and oily/chocolatey malt. A little ginger.
I can see why Jimbo likes it. It is balanced, there are nice flavours here but there’s that spirity note in the mid-palate that brings in out of balance and mutes any complexity, so it loses this some points there.
Thanks for reading!
Scotch Review #520
Whisky Network Review #613
Network Average: 74.6
Best Score: 92
Worst Score: 22
60-64 Just About OK
65-69 Ok to Good
75-79 Very Good
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