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Glen Grant 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
"A slightly different slant on previous 12 year olds, but still within the expected and brilliant spectrum. Fabulous." - Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2023 / "...an outstanding daily dram at a solid price". - drinkhacker.com
Read enough of any whisky writer and you'll soon work out they have their favourites. At whiskyfun.com Serge Valentin loves Clynelish (or even better, Brora) but is rarely keen on Loch Lomond or Auchroisk. Read the Whisky Bible and you’ll quickly realise one of Jim Murray's all-time greats is Glen Grant, regardless of age. Driving home that point in the 2023 Bible are four separate reviews for the 12 year old, each as concise as they are complementary. Seldom found in Australia, at well under $100 the consensus is that it's one of the best values in lighter, everyday drinking. The brand's success must be partly due to the fact that Master Distiller, Dennis Malcolm has been on the job for sixty years. Experience over that sort of time span is a rare thing. Aged in a combination of Sherry and Bourbon casks so that it's not overly-sherried, the distillery’s signature spring flowers, fresh apple and pear notes are given a little added weight at 43%. As an alternative to Glenlivet, AnCnoc or Glenfiddich, Glen Grant 12YO might just become your new evening favourite.
Other reviews... Beautifully distilled, thoughtfully matured and deeply satisfying malt. 95 points - Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2023
...Aged in a combination of bourbon and sherry barrels. Bold notes of butter cookies on the nose, with some spice and incense notes. Very fresh and toasty, with a clear grain and wood influence. The palate finds influences of coconut, almond, walnut, cinnamon, and cloves — lots going on, with a hint of orange peel influence driven by the sherry. This is particularly pronounced on the finish, which also sees notes of licorice and more almond peeking through. This is an outstanding daily dram at a solid price. - drinkhacker.com
Gold - Single Malt Scotch - to 12 Yrs - San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2022