I have slowly been going through the samples of the Gordon & MacPhail Speyside Collection, enjoying the old and rare expressions in it and savoring every drop. What a treat it has been to taste the Smith’s Glenlivet 1948, Strathisla 1953, Mortlach 1954, Longmorn 1967 and Linkwood 1972 whiskies. Time for the last one in the collection, the Glen Grant! Distilled in 1949 and bottled at 40% being 64 years of age in 2014 at the 6th of June. The maturation period has included some different casks to produce this end result…
- Cask #30 First fill Sherry hogshead, distilled 6th January 1949
- Cask #2200 First fill Sherry butt, distilled 3rd June 1949
- Cask #2764 Refill Sherry hogshead, distilled 29th October 1949
- Cask #3182 First fill Sherry butt, distilled 24th November 1949
- Cask #3185 First fill Sherry butt, distilled 24th November 1949
Mint, spices, leather, ginger bread, beeswax, red apples, toffee, pink grapefruit and honey at first on the nose. Followed by vanilla with soft notes of marzipan, mango and pear juice, red current, galia melon, strawberry, hint of tobacco and plums.
Creamy chocolate notes mixed with marshmallows, vanilla pudding, baking spices, whole grain cookies and black current on the palate. Cassis, anise and sponge fingers mixing with sweet honeyed fruit notes of red crumbly apples, banana, summer fruits and mango.
On the long finish I can find the beeswax returning between al the sweet fruit notes and spices. Also some raisins, dried prunes, dried apricots and dried dates come forward giving it a bit darker and dryer undertone in the end of flavours. The nose, palate and finish show a lovely mix of fresh, sweet, creamy, spicy and thick notes. Thanks Gordon & MacPhail for sharing a sample of this whisky!