Rarity GLEN GRANT 1956

GLEN GRANT 1956 46%

Single Malt, Scotland / Speyside, 70cl, Ref: COL13253A

In 2016 La Maison du Whisky will be celebrating its 60th anniversary. For this occasion the company’s staff are proud to have selected this Glen Grant 1956 aged in a first-fill sherry barrel. For the last sixty years a mysterious alchemy has patiently shaped the aromatic and flavour profile of this venerable single malt. For the last sixty years everyone in the team at La Maison du Whisky has contributed, and continues to contribute, each in their own way, to the story of La Maison du Whisky, created by Georges Benitah back in September 1956.

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Product details

Tasting note

  • Appearance : mahogany with golden tinges.
  • Nose : rich, concentrated. Extremely powerful and yet at the same time exceptionally fresh, the initial nose is tertiary: dust, black liquorice, chocolate, leather, roasted figs, truffles, etc. Develops with slightly burnt, jammy notes (blackcurrant) and rhubarb. Unbelievably deep, it has stood the test of time with panache and generosity. Havana smoke then drifts over the aromatic palette.
  • Palate : lively, juicy. Underpinned by a remarkably fruity acidity produced by the sherry, the opening digs a deep furrow and puts the spotlight on notes of earth, liquorice, noble spices (saffron, cardamom) and heady florals (freesia, hyacinth). Red (strawberry, redcurrant) and ripe fruit (russet apples, apricots) suddenly appear on the mid-palate. Little by little, it becomes vanilla-flavoured and roasted.
  • Overall : Long, silky. Velvety tannins finally take possession of every taste bud. Most of the fruit is still present. Intimately close to the palate, it takes its time to develop notes of tobacco, raisins and black olives. The retro-nasal olfaction is warm, evocative of fabric (taffeta, silk) and fruity (wild strawberry, blueberry). The empty glass has an amazingly young expression, dominated by malted barley.
The brand

The brand

Founded in 1840, Glen Grant for a long time remained the property of the Chivas Brothers group (Pernod Ricard), before winding up in the hands of the Campari group in 2005. Mainly matured in ex-bourbon casks and bottled as a five and ten year old, Glen Grant is a little known single malt, considering the production capacity of its distillery. Producing almost six million litres of pure spirit every year, Glen Grant has the fourth highest capacity in Scotland after Roseisle, Glenfiddich and Macallan. It’s known best amongst single malt amateurs for its first-fill sherry casks released by the independent bottler Gordon & MacPhail.


This independent bottler is without a doubt one of the most highly acclaimed in Scotland. It stands out, not for its age (though it is the oldest independent bottler in Scotland), but for its complete mastery of cask ageing. Gordon & MacPhail is the only bottler to have its own casks - carefully chosen for the purpose - filled by the distilleries themselves, instead of simply buying the ones suggested to them by the latter. This allows it to determine, in advance and with great precision, exactly how many years a whisky will need to reach ideal maturation.

The line

As its name suggests, the Rare Vintage range is quite simply a collection of rare, old vintages, and includes a substantial number of Gordon & MacPhail’s most sought-after single malts. Closely linked to the Distillery Labels range (the Rare Vintage bottlings also served as semi-official releases for several distilleries which had not had any proper official releases on the market for quite some time), the Rare Vintage bottles are to a large extent responsible for this historic specialist’s reputation.

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