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Guest Review: Glen Grant 170th Anniversary, 48%, $125

August 12th, 2010

Four years ago Glen Grant was in a sorry state, its beautiful gardens in need of some love and attention, its malts neglected and seemingly unloved. Then Campari bought it and we have heard very little more since. That’s until now. With a new visitor center, the gardens in full bloom, and the owners determined to make it a major player, things are looking up. This limited edition 170th anniversary bottling is made up of vintages stretching back to the 70s. They include a couple of sherry butts and some peated spirit. The result is a rich malt with some buttery toffee notes at first, distinctive lemon and green apple notes, and a touch of aniseed. Midway through, it sets off in a more feisty direction, with some peat, sharp spice, and green banana skin. Beguiling and unusual, it’s a statement of intent from an iconic distillery — watch this space. (Selected specialist outlets, excluding the U.S.) – Dominic Roskrow

Advanced Malt Advocate magazine rating: 82

3 Responses to “Guest Review: Glen Grant 170th Anniversary, 48%, $125”

  1. Louis says:

    Darn. Why do distilleries keep on depriving US single malt scotch lovers of these releases? And please don’t mention the 750ml bottle size, as Glen Grant had no trouble sending over ther 10 and 16 year old experssions.

    • Lawrence says:

      Because they don’t have enough product to satidfy demand. The US is simply a too large a market for a lot of small runs. It’s a shame in many cases but there is also a huge selection and growing…

  2. B.J. Reed says:

    I remember seeing those gardens in 2004 and they were lovely – Glad some care and feeding is going into that beautiful distillery –

    My Glen Grants are really old (34 and 37) so might be worth investing in some newer stock.

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