Special thanks to /u/Porkpants81 for this interesting dram.
After a long day of wine trips and eating way, way too many great burgers, it was time to come back down to earth. Have something that more so not as filled with tons of beef.
And this dram definitely has less beef. Which is good, because if someone starts wasting steaks by putting them in perfectly good whisky, then I’m going to have to slap a bitch.
That’s a promise.
Anyway, Glen Grant 10 is a new one for me. I’ve never had a chance to try a Glen Grant before, and I prefer to try this one over the NAS one. I don’t know, I just like to have an age when I’m trying a distillery for the first time.
I think that’s paranoia from extra beef in my diet. Or could just be the fact I ordered a burger with extra blue cheese followed by deep fried bacon wrapped cookie dough.
Anyway, let’s see how this dram, called “The Best Beginner Dram” by multiple sources (of which I give none) holds up.
Price: N/A in Ontario
Nose: Passion fruit, mango, banana, perfume, old lemon candy, orange
Very fruity nose. Honestly, if you didn’t know any better, you’d think this is a liquer from the nose. Or a fruit salad. And then you’d notice it is a drink, and then stop, because you’re not a moron.
Taste: Orange, cinnamon, 7-Up, lemongrass, chemical seasoning
Simple flavours, though not bad ones. A tad too much citrus.
Also that fake chemical note is one that you’ll notice in bad Pho.
Finish: Lemon, leather, almond, marzipan, yeast
Bit of smoke at the end is somewhat random. I appreciated it. The yeast I don’t prefer in my mouth.
And you can quote me on that.
Conclusion: This is a decent beginner dram. Nothing too offensive, or hard to pick out, or hard to drink. And for those reasons I’ll rate it in the mid-range. I think you can enjoy others just as well (Glenfiddich, Balvennie 12, Glenfarclas 12, etc.), so grab this is you’re interesting in something a tad different, though mostly unremarkable.
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