Review #1464 – Glen Grant 23yr Subtle Spirits 1996

The Schtick: One of 137 bottles, this is a bottle from a single cask of Glen Grant, distilled in 1996 and bottled in 2019. Bottled at cask strength with no coloring or filtering and matured in a bourbon cask, this should be a great look at what Glen Grant can do. Let’s dive in.

Review #1464 | Scotch Review #500

Distiller: Glen Grant

Bottler: Alexander Murray

Brand: Subtle Spirits

Selection: Subtle Spirits

ABV: 52.4% ABV

Age: 23 Years

Nose: Sweet honey, heather, musty lemon, toffee and dough. Sweet, malty, very standard Glen Grant profile.

Taste: Medium mouth feel. Sweet lemon, lime, minerality, faint dough, almond. Pepper, faint bitter orange.

Finish: Long, sweet, but a bit hot. Lemon, pepper, faint sulfur, toasted almond and vanilla bean.

Overall: Very nice overall. It’s pretty typical for old bourbon Glen Grant – solid, but not exceptional. It’s good to see more of these coming to market and holding up the quality of the few, rare, previous Grants that have come to spotlight.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 6

4 Most Recent Glen Grant Expressions I Have Reviewed:



1 | Disgusting | So bad I poured it out.

2 | Poor | I wouldn’t consume by choice.

3 | Bad | Multiple flaws.

4 | Sub-par | Not bad, but many things I’d rather have.

5 | Good | Good, just fine.

6 | Very Good | A cut above.

7 | Great | Well above average

8 | Excellent | Really quite exceptional.

9 | Incredible | An all time favorite

10 | Perfect | Perfect

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