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History In A Bottle Day 2: Glen Grant Cask Strength 1966

Posted on December 2, 2022

This post is Bonus Content. It has information on one of the KWM Cask bottles that are featured on the back of our 2022 KWM Whisky Calendar box. You can find the blog post for the mini bottle for Day Two of our Whisky Calendar here.

The KWM Casks of Yesteryear: G&M Glen Grant Strength 1966 KWM Cask

by Andrew

Gordon & MacPhail Glen Grant 1966 KWM Cask

We stayed up in the big leagues for our second-ever KWM single cask bottling, sticking with Gordon & MacPhail. But unlike the Strathisla 1960, this 1966 Glen Grant took a little longer to sell. In some respects, this is a whisky which was a little ahead of its time. Firstly, although Gordon & MacPhail has always bottled some fine old Glen Grant, the distillery didn’t have much of a profile. Until recently the distillery didn’t see fit to bottle its own whiskies, other than a 5-year-old for the Italian market. This has changed in recent years, aided in no small part by the ancient bottlings of Glen Grant that Gordon & MacPhail continue to roll out. But in the late 2000s, Glen Grant was a somewhat unknown producer.

Secondly, and more importantly, though this was another example of fine old Glen Grant, it wasn’t as dark or sherried as some might have hoped. The reason this makes it a whisky ahead of its time is that there is a greater appreciation in this day and age for old Refill cask whiskies, which tend to become very fruity as they age. It is a style that I am especially fond of, and this is a whisky I would be thrilled to bottle today and list at $500… As with the Strathisla, thankfully my tasting note has survived!

Andrew's Tasting Note

Nose: ripe orchard fruits, citrus, poached apple, sauternes, chocolate orange and gentle spices and moderate hints of sherry.

Palate: sweet and gentle with rich spices, and buttery sherry notes; becomes drier, darker and more chocolaty with each sip; traces of raw cocoa and coffee bean.

Finish: long and soft with warming sherry notes; drying with soft but firm oak and more hints of citrus. 

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Andrew Ferguson


Kensington Wine Market

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