Glen Grant-Glenlivet 1985 31 year old (Cadenheads)

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Bottle: Cadenhead’s authentic collection standard bottling. One of the 175th anniversary year releases.

Nose: Wood varnish, cocktail cherry and Cointreau. A lovely perfume this one has. Spend a little time breathing it in.

Body: Soft and velvety.

Palate: Treacle, Worcestershire sauce and cinnamon. This is a chewy, rich, dark beast of a dram.

Finish: Damp tobacco, burnt matchsticks and dark chilli chocolate. Good length and very elegant.

Neat/Ice/Water: 44.8%. Neat. Any water will kill this.

Verdict: Superior. Cadenhead’s seem to release quite a few Glen Grants which isn’t a bad thing. It’s a distillery that hasn’t disappointed me thus far with consistently good output (picked up a 20 year old from the spring 2018 Cadenhead release last night which has a bit of a buzz around it – watch this space). I think it’s a bit underrated perhaps kinda like Longmorn. The more I sip this, the more impressive it gets. It really glides down easily and would pair very nicely with a decent cigar. It’s not too heavy either and seems to have the overall balance just right. Matured in a Sherry butt. 312 bottles only and now only available at auction. I can see at least one winning bid at £220. It retailed in the £140’s which was good value at the time.

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