Glen Grant-Glenlivet 31 (Cadenhead’s 1984/2016 Sherry Butt #414) Review

This is a 31 year Glen Grant matured in a sherry butt and bottled at 46.1% ABV.

Nose: Dry, brittle oak with a bit of pine sap – menthol and maraschino cherries as it turns just a bit rubbery. Strawberry hard candies emerge as it sits for a bit.

Palate: Quite oaky with the strawberry hard candies carrying straight through. Tobacco, red grapes, and white pepper with a nice thick mouthfeel.

Finish: Tobacco, cherry cordial, and dry oak – medium length.

Rating: 88/100

Value for the money: The cheapest I could find this for online still is €219 which is too high for me. I’d be a buyer at €150 or under or so.

SMWS 9.89 “Balanced and Harmonius” (Glen Grant 25) Review

This is a 25 year Glen Grant aged in an ex-sherry refill butt and bottled at 57.5% ABV.

Nose: Quite malty with loads of heather and fresh grass notes – some plum developing alongside a healthy dose of bread dough.

Palate: Doughy with harsh oak and a cotton note – quite dry with heather and malt remaining strong.

Finish: Dries out quickly with dough notes lingering.

Rating: 80/100 – A bit dry all around – very little indication on nose/palate of any sherry involvement.

Value for the money: The retail was around $220 for this one but I saw it on sale closer to $180 at one point. I would pass at either price.

Glen Grant 39 (Whisky-Doris 1972/2011 Sherry Hogshead #11395) Review

This is a 39 year Glen Grant that was matured in a sherry hogshead and bottled at 48% ABV.

Nose: Watermelon jolly ranchers, banana runts, raisins,  orange juice, ripe strawberries – exceptionally fruity profile which evolves constantly. Briny notes emerge after a bit with heavy french vanilla – almost takes on a bourbon type nose at times.

Palate: Red grapes, peaches, brown sugar, strawberry pie, and banana taffy – again, very sweet/fruity profile here but balanced nicely with a very faint smoke and surprisingly mild oak given the age.

Finish: Stonefruit and cherry notes emerge with some added citrus and musty oak.

Rating: 94/100 – Pretty stellar – I think I need to move some old Glen Grant up on my list of things to pick up next.

Value for the money: I haven’t seen these for sale really, but I paid about a $450 valuation with the bottle split on this one. Obviously a steep price, but for what you get, it’s not too bad really given the cost of a lot of other popular 30+ year malts.

SMWS 9.94 “Jam and Jerusalem” (Glen Grant 26) Review

This is a 26 year Glen Grant from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society that was matured in what I presume to be an ex-bourbon cask and bottled at 56.2% ABV.

Nose: Dark chocolate covered raspberries drizzled with balsamic vinegar, old oak is quite prominent with vanilla syrup and clementines.

Palate: Fruity and soft delivery with pears, apples, green grapes, honey, and fresh peppercorns.

Finish: Caramel candies, charred oak, and slightly salty.

Rating: 89/100 – This was my first Glen Grant, but I may be on the look out for some more of their expressions down the road – a good first impression.

Value for the money: This came as part of my membership kit for joining SMWS, but I assume this bottle would be sold for $200-$210 on their site, and I would consider buying one at that price.