A 1969 vintage Glen Grant bottled by respected independent James McArthur. This was bottled in the year 2000 making it about 31 years old and it looks to have picked up quite a bit of colour in that time.
Glen Grant 1969 James MacArthur (Bot. 2001)
Colour: mahogany. Nose: much simpler at first nosing, perhaps a bit lean and too dry, with lots of cocoa but it does get more complex with time. There again quite some vegetables, more camphor and some very nice notes of cherry liqueur (guignolet), strawberry jam. It hasn’t got the Signatory’s complexity but it’s still a very nice sherried Glen Grant. Mouth: creamier, punchier and also very salty (Olivier said it’s perhaps an osmotic mouth reaction?) Now we have a truly beautiful sherry, with lots of vegetables again, salted liquorice, cake, dried fruits (prunes in Armagnac), getting very coffeeish. Lots of body and oomph – a perfect sherry monster indeed. The finish is rather stunning, on caramelised fruits and salted liquorice. This palate was hugely concentrated, probably a little better than the Signatory’s, but the latter had a nicer nose. So, it’s going to be 89 points for this MacArthur (I had it at 88 before).
|Classification||Single Malt Whisky|
|ABV/ Volume||57.1%/ 70cl|