I think of Glen Grant as whisky’s classic old guard. The Fenway Park or Augusta National of whisky you might say. I am not sure why I think this, but for some reason I do. Currently the behemoth Italian company Gruppo Campari owns the Glen Grant distillery. In the past I have had some of the Gordon & MacPhail realeases, but never an OB release so I wanted to give it a try.
I was a little wary of purchasing this bottle for our tasting event as it was amongst some heavy hitters. I was afraid that it was going to get lost in
the mix or plain just blown out of the water. There were 2 cask strength bottles (Auchentoshan and A’Bunadh) as well as a Port Ellen in the mix that same night. The thinking was to use the Glen Grant as a sort of palate cleaner after the two cask strength bottles and before the Port Ellen. My fears were somewhat put to rest by the friendly staff at the Whisky Shop on Sutter Street in San Francisco. Dara felt that the Glen Grant would be able to stand on its own two feet amongst the other bottles. So I went for it…and I was definitely not disappointed.
Glen Grant 10 OB, Speyside, bottled at 40%ABV
Color – Yellow, light straw
Nose – Banana runts (if you remember that candy), malt background, apples
Palate – Smooth, cereal, hints of apple pie, a little difficult to get through, makes you work for it, sweet.
Finish – fast and clean.
This is definitely an easy drinker, but still has enough character to make it interesting. It is a great value at ~$45/bottle. I am looking forward to trying the 16 year old OB next.