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Glen Grant 12 Year Old Non Chill-Filtered Review

6th June 2016

Review of new travel retail exclusive Glen Grant 12 Year Old Non Chill-Filtered.

Glen Grant 12 Year Old Non Chill-Filtered ReviewThe new Glen Grant 12 Year Old Non Chill-Filtered was launched in June 2016, the new whisky is presented with a striking rich chocolate bronze label and tube which is part of the distillery's contemporary new look colour identifying packaging.

You will need to dust off your passport if you want to get your hands on the Glen Grant 12 Year Old Non Chill-Filtered as it is exclusively available in travel retail.

Bottled at 48% ABV in a 1 litre bottle it has an RRP of 37.

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose:  Enticing barley sugar sweetness, vanilla toffee, green apple, a touch of orange and pear.

Taste: No surprises, just what the nose told me was coming. It is malty with a little spicy kick to the delivery, the barley sugar has a gentle coating of oak spice, creamy vanilla, pear, orange.

Finish: A lovely long finish, tangy fruit and spice, toffee, a little drying oak

Comment: I loved it! It becomes a little spicier and richer with each mouthful and a perfect example of why all single malt whisky should be bottled around this strength of 48% ABV.

If you are passing through an airport don't overlook the Glen Grant 12 Non Chill-Filtered. I am through airports every week and have been for many years and rarely these days do I find a new release that is such a big step up in quality from the standard offering available in the domestic market but I am pleased to say this is.

I suspect this may do very well in travel retail, it will sell itself when sampled, it is priced to compete with the No Age Statement entry level whiskies which have taken over travel retail whisky shelves in recent years and most importantly it is a cracking dram for your money and presented in a 1 litre bottle which is becoming increasingly rare in travel retail these days.

An outstanding example of how non chill-filtration and an increase in ABV can add to the flavour and make an outstanding whisky. Look out for the Glen Grant 12 Non Chill-Filtered when you head off on your holidays this summer, it wont disappoint as it really is an outstanding light bodied summer dram. It offers what in my opinion a travel retail exclusive whisky should have - a clear age statement, it is a quality whisky, presented in a 1 litre bottle and at a very good price (37) for what you will get!

Those of you who already enjoy lighter drams such as anCnoc, Auchentoshan, Aultmore, Cardhu, Glenlivet, Glenkinchie should enjoy this.

SMW Score 92/100

If you have no travel plans in the near future you can find the current Glen Grant core range available from specialist Whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange

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