Glen Grant launched a 60 year old anniversary bottling to celebrate Master Distiller Dennis Malcolm 60 years in whisky industry. This is the oldest and rarest distillery bottling by Glen Grant. It is a first full sherry butt with all the attributes of a sherried maturation. It was filled on 24th October 1960 and was selected by Dennis Malcolm himself.
Only 360 decanters (in the shape of Glen Grant stills) enshrined in a luxury walnut box were released. They will be available (for whom has the money !) at 25 000 euros. I was among the lucky ones to receive a small sample. Dennis Malcolm is a legend in the whisky world. And the kindest of man. He was awarded an OBE a few years ago.
Wishing you a happy retirement Dennis !
Glen Grant 60 year old – 52,8% –
First fill sherry cask – cask N°5040)
Colour: Mahogany, topaze
Nose: Rich, warm. Walnut stain. Old leather. Antique shop. Opening on fruit notes: dates, figs. prunes. And then spices swirl up. Nutmeg, white pepper, all in a Christmassy ambiance… With water/ More dried fruit, sultanas.
Palate: Crisp and dry. Intense. Satin-like texture. Oak leads the way. A festoon of spices intertwined with oak mingles with dried fruit. Coffee grains, walnut skin. A touch of exotic fruit (passion fruit). Ground ginger and pepper.
Finish: Everlasting, soothing on exotic fruit and spices. Licorice.
With water: water cuts the edges. Gives it a velvety texture. But it does not open the flavours.
On the hand : Coffee and walnut cake
A monument of a whisky. It deserves time and respect.