Maker: Grent Grant, Rothes, Moray, Scotland, UK (Campari)
Region: Speyside- Rothes
Michigan State Minimum: $80
Appearance: Dark straw. Coats the inside of the glass with thick, gentle legs.
Nose: Green apple, sherry, caramel pear, lemon thyme. Water brings it together and brings out some light spice like sweet cinnamon and ginger and a firm but unobtrusive oak structure.
On the palate: Medium bodied and a little hot. Custard, butterscotch candy, caramel.
Finish: Hot but rich and sweet. Lingers for a long time.
Parting words: I don’t like sherry. I have tried to like it but I have never been able to develop a taste for it despite my heavily British genetic makeup.
My dislike of sherry has kept me away from Speyside single malts because of their traditionally heavy use of sherry casks and the resulting sherry flavors. I’m starting to rethink my aversion to Speysiders, though. This is a powerful, flavorful and well-balanced single malt. It is now my favorite Speyside single malt. It’s everything anybody could want in a Speyside malt. At $80 it’s not cheap but one could to worse for more. As frugal as I can be with whisky, I have never regretted buying Glen Grant 16. Highly recommended.