Whisky Review: Adelphi Limited Glen Grant 1988 29 Years Old

Style: Sweet and Malty

Nose:

Cereal gently squeezing out dense, honey malt syrup on the nose. Fresh green grass overtone, sweet ester fruits powdered by icing sugar. The aroma feels a bit “Adelphi-esque”, maybe it’s the way they pick their casks, but I am not sure how to phrase it… Herbal liquor, touches of peppermint stem. Orange and grapefruit candies slowly pushing through. Getting sweeter and juicier as it opens up. Nice.

Palate:

Abundant malt syrup overflows, coating the entire palate. Then we have sweet orchard fruits and red apple skins. Cereal notes with a touch of vanilla essence. Confectionaries waltz in, while the spiciness from spearmint and ginger shreds are glowing gently. A quick reflux of ester fruits towards the end, oak combines with cornflakes to finish.

Finish:

Pineapple tart, malt cake sprinkled with more honey cornflakes.

Thoughts:

Deliciously malty. I feel this is a rather distillate-driven Glen Grant, it feels the cask or time do not have much impact on the spirit, even being matured for 29 years . The lesser fruitiness has been absorbed and integrated into the resolute malty core. Imagine how good this can be if we have a powerful Sherry Butt to match the spirit. But hey, as long as it’s tasty. Enjoyable dram.

☆ [Recommended]

[52.2% • Independent Bottling • 2017 Bottled • 1988 Distilled • Single Cask • Cask Strength • Non Coloured • Non Chill Filtered • Cask Number 9174 • 1 of 465 Bottles]

-Esmond