Whisky-Fässle - Malt Edition
aged 20 Years
50,4% vol. alc.
Colour: white wine.
Nose: it’s really fab to compare all these naked – yet mature – distillates. You would have thought this Glen Grant would be lighter but what’s striking is rather the herbalness, with these whiffs of fresh parsley, fresh coriander and chives, even Virginia tobacco that complement cider apples and touches of icing sugar, or limejuice. The whole is very fresh and unexpectedly fragrant.
With water: same; more or less. Water wasn’t needed.
Mouth (neat): sweet and creamy arrival, with rather more vanilla than the others, then icing sugar again, lemon, tangerines and quite some pears. A little tinned pineapple as well, then a mild spiciness. Sweet pepper.
With water: sweet barley and hints of brioche (with a little orange blossom water). XLNT.
Finish: not very long and even a little light but fresh, clean and fruity.
Comments: goes down a treat, it’s rather more, say emphatic than other unsherried Glen Grants of similar age. That’ll be the third 87 in a row – if you don’t mind.
Nose: bright and fruity. Green apples and pears. Citrus juice. Unripe banana. Touches of coriander seeds. Also buttery notes and hints of chalk / wet wool. With its malty core and fruity notes, it reminds me of certain Belgian triple beers.
Mouth: sweet, fruity, rather easy. Candy sugar, peach and pear drops. Soft white pepper and vanilla. A little dough. Citrus again.
Finish: long, just as fresh. Citrus zest and spices.
A very fresh and vibrant whisky, coming across slightly younger than it actually is. Around € 90, available from Whisky-Fässle of course.