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Glen Grant 1950's Collection

4th September 2017
Gordon & MacPhail launch the Glen Grant 1950's Collection, 6 single malts with an incredible combined matured age of 353 years.

Glen Grant 1950's Collection

Gordon & MacPhail the Elgin based Urquhart family owned and run independent single malt whisky specialists has long been a fantastic source for rare vintage bottlings from the Glen Grant Speyside distillery. This is because since the founding of their business, Gordon & MacPhail has sent casks to distilleries throughout Scotland including Glen Grant to be filled with new make spirit, before being matured under the custodianship of generations of the Urquhart family.

Over the generations the Urquhart family has assembled an incomparable collection of Glen Grant whisky which they have nurtured over those generations and released from time to time under their Rare Vintage 'Distillery Labels' range. This has also enabled them to assemble this very rare 1950's Gordon & MacPhail Glen Grant Collection, a collection of 6 vintage Glen Grant single malt whiskies which were distilled in 6 consecutive years in the 1950's, from 1950 to 1955.

Featured in the Glen Grant collection are two award winning whiskies, the Rare Vintage Glen Grant 1954 a stunning mature sherried dram which I have had the pleasure of (review below) and which was recently awarded a double gold award at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2017 and a gold medal in the International Spirits Challenge 2017.

The other award winning whisky which stands out amongst the rare line up is the Rare Vintage Glen Grant 1952 which was reviewed  (review below) for SMW by Murray Cohen, Canadian based whisky connoisseur and regular contributor to this site. It was also recognised by Jim Murray in his Whisky Bible 2017 with the accolade for Single Malt 41 Years & Over (Multiple Casks).

Stephen Rankin, director of Gordon & MacPhail, commented: "By creating this collection, we have captured a unique piece of Scotland’s liquid history, bringing together a combined 353 years of knowledge, expertise, and whisky maturation.

“With six whiskies aged between 57 and 61 years old, this collection is a testament to the company’s ability to nurture aged expressions.”

I am sure you will agree that this is an incredible line up of Glen Grant whisky history which we are unlikely to see again.

There will be a limited release of 75 Glen Grant Collections available for sale in this first release with an RRP of £9.995 in the UK, prices in overseas markets may differ due to local taxes and import duties. You will find the Glen Grant Collection available from specialist online whisky shops such as Master of Malt

Rare Vintage Glen Grant 1954 Review

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose:  Melon, peach and just the most delicate hint of smoke lurking in the background and lovely mature oak.

Taste: A dry mature oakiness is pushed back by melon, peach, burnt raisins, tangy orange, a touch of barley sugar and a touch of smoke still lurking in the background.

Finish: The oak is still kept in place by the sherried fruit, melon, burnt raisins slowly fade leaving slightly drying mild mature oak, outstanding.

Comment: Given its age I spent a lot of time nosing and tasting this. Perhaps I have expensive tastes but I just love old mature sherried drams that are done well (not all are) and in this age group I would say in my experience Gordon & MacPhail are experts at it. There cask management is excellent. I have had the pleasure of a few very mature outstanding G & M bottlings over the years, such as The Macallan Speymalt 1938, Mortlach 70 year old and Glenlivet 70 year old and this is right up there with them in quality. A stunning first fill sherry cask matured dram. I tell you what, if you have the funds and are looking for a stunning very rare sherried dram then there isn't much better, older and enjoyable than this around not at this price. A stunning very mature sherried dram.

SMW Score 94/100

Rare Vintage Glen Grant 1952 Review

Murray Cohen's Tasting Notes:

Colour:  Apricot gold.

Nose:  An intense holographic-like basket of assorted apples, pears and apricots fills the air with aged butterscotch yielding a mature, thick long-lasting sweetness with a magnificent generalized fruity halo.

Taste: Medium to full-bodied. Marvellous thick apricot marmalade and citrus jam with splatters of clover honey; the spice hiding in the sweet layers.

Finish: Long, the smoothness entices with staccato spikes of spice while the fruity compote seeks infinity.

Comment: This whisky just shy of 60 years old provides a pervasive aura of satisfaction that required almost a lifetime to establish, a mellow beauty of aromas and flavours that that fixes its place in whisky lore. This single malt expression is like a fine masterpiece by Mozart perhaps The Magic Flute with aromatic symbolism of growth and fulfilment and a finish that conquers all.

SMW Score 97.5/100

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