Dram Review: Adelphi Limited Glen Grant 31 Years Old (Cask No. 1036)

[55.4%・31 Years Old・Distilled in 1970・Bottled in 2001・Adelphi Bottling・Cask No. 1036・Single Cask Release of 485 Bottles]

Nose:

Quite substantially weighted with the dark chocolate presence, the Sherry is very dense but at the same time it’s not as expressive as one would hope, regardless it’s still full of cooked figs and boiled lollies.  In time the dram seems to open up to smoked tea and tannins, with toffee treacle smoothly running underneath as the creaminess continues to unfold, surprisingly rather herbal.

Palate & Finish:

Even more confectionery than the more contemporary Adelphi releases, raisins, toffee and coffee ground oozing out with a rather abrupt explosion of spices clashing with the dried fruits and ginger.  Understandably a tad on the herbal and tannic side but also faring quite dry indeed.  The late-palate opens up to the prunes with a floral revelation.

Long finish, coffee beans and licorice with the tannins leading the bitter chocolate.

Thoughts:

For those who see the colour of this dram and think “correct colour”, this is probably the dram for you.  A very heavily Sherried experience, not specifically of Glen Grant.

Just a tad on the tannic side perhaps.. but if you are very particular about it then the entire genre may not be for you..

✓ [Recommended if you like the style/ distillery]

-Nicholas