Glen Grant 37 Year Old Sherry Wood Duncan Taylor. Cask Strength 51.5% ABV. Distilled: May 1970, Bottled: November 2007. Cask# 3480, 435 Bottles.
Color: Very dark amber; Sherry.
Nose: Intense dark dry fruits: Figs, prunes. Massive, non-sulphured dry sherry. Hints of wood tannins. Engaging aromas that reward extened nosing.
Taste: Dry sherry that quickly intensifies as it coats the palate. There is nothing at all sweet about this whisky, unlike most sherried single malts that I have tasted. Slightly thin body. More alcohol burn than I was expecting at this strength when taken neat.
Finish: Very long, dry, and strongly astringent tannins. More alcohol burn on the finish.
Comments: This whisky needs water, and more than just a few drops. It also benefits when given plenty of time to rest in the glass. I worked my way up to adding about a teaspoon of water, which softens the intensity of the blast of dry dark fruit on the palate. The finish is still long and astringent but much less objectionably so. If I had to grade this whisky I would give it an "A" for the nose, which is truly remarkable and engaging. On the palate I would give it a "B+" if taken with water, a little less than that if taken neat. The finish gets a "B-" because of the bitterness. If you like sweet sherried whiskies such as Aberlour and Macallan then I doubt you will find this one anywhere near as enjoyable. This is an expensive dram (I paid $259 for my bottle), and while I don't regret buying it I don't feel that the price is justified relative to what it delivers. It is a challenging whisky and not the easiest dram to enjoy. That is not to say that there isn't any enjoyment to be found here, it just takes a little work.