Glen Grant 1948 Private Collection (Gordon & Macphail)
Gordon & MacPhail Private Collection // Speyside, Scotland
This bottling of Glen Grant was distilled in 1948. It was placed into a first-fill sherry butt on the 11th of June that year. After aging for 70 years, it was bottled in 2018 at a cask strength of 48.6% ABV. Only 210 decanters were produced. This marks the oldest expression ever bottled for Glen Grant Distillery to date (January 2019). The Private Collection from independent bottler Gordon & MacPhail is a series of greatly aged single malts from celebrated, little known, or closed distilleries selected by members of the Urquhart family.
Single MaltDistilled in pot stills from 100% malted barley, produced at one distillery, aged in barrels; if Scotch or Irish, must be aged for at least three years.
Cask Typefirst-fill sherry butt
"Quite herbaceous and somewhat industrial, as well as a whiff of earthy peat and smoke. It has a subtle floral side too, but it has a hard time standing up to the earthy notes, as well as soy sauce and furniture polish. There's a good amount of dark caramel and cigar tobacco on the palate, accompanied by notes of mocha and menthol. Maybe even a whiff of peat smoke. Oranges (of the fairly acidic variety) as well as earl grey tea and shoe wax. A whisper of aceto balsamico too. Elegant, beautifully complex and wonderfully balanced. Regardless of age, this is a style of whisky that’s currently not made anymore."