Glen Grant 50 year old, 54.4%

Price: $14999 Issue: Spring 2015 Reviewer: Dave Broom

Deep ruby with a yellow rim. Clearly mature, and heavily sherried. A highly concentrated nose: Marmite and soy sauce, and all the fresh fruits of youth reduced to essence. Drinkwise, it's closest to Chinato: curative barks, dried herbs (mint, hyssop, oregano). The palate is unsurprisingly thick and lightly smoky, but the tannins aren't overly astringent, and there remains a sweet core still, even if the overall effect is dark. It's not obviously Glen Grant, but it is a fascinating glass.