Glen Grant 12 YO (Travel Exclusive Version)

ABV: 48 %
Origin: Speyside
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 3/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet and fruity. At first there’s a mild honey sweetness sitting in top of a fruitiness with apples and pears. As it sits in the glass there’s a top note of ethanol and baking spices slowly emerging. It feels quite dessert-like at this point. It’s rather fresh and lively. Notes of marzipan and coconut are also detectable. When the fruitiness spreads out it also reveals a floral note floating around on the center. This is a very nice nose. It’s not complex nor especially interesting to explore, but works well and has a pretty solid character.

Mouth: It starts out with a big honey sweetness with a malty center. There are notes of vanilla, marzipan and pears, but the fruitiness is toned down a bit from the start. There’s a nice spicyness and it has a nice amount of power coming from the ABV although the ethanol note on top is all too detectable. There’s some notes of age in there as well, but it still feels young and lively. There’s not much happening at this point in the journey. It pretty much stays the same throughout.

Finish: The fruitiness and the marzipan increase in intensity at the beginning of the transition. There’s a late increase in intensity as well. When it fades it almost immidiately moves towards the oakiness. There’s a thin dusty coating over some grey old oak planks. There are hazelnuts as well. This is a good whisky which feels a bit spirity and simple. The late oak finish salvages a lot though.

Additional information
This whisky is a travel retail exklusive version of the standard 12 YO. The cask types aren’t disclosed. It’s has higher ABV than the original and it’s unchillfiltered and has natural colour.

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