Review 439: Glen Grant 1990 25 Year

glengrant199025yovalinchThere is a new independent bottler in town it’s called Valinch & Mallet and is founded in 2015 by two Italian guys living in London. Their website is still under construction so no extra info there. Well let’s wait for their website and I’ll update the information later.

I had the change to taste this at the Whisky Festival of North Netherlands (WFNN-2016) at the stand of Thijs Dijkstra who was the first in the Netherlands to offer it for tasting on a festival.

Distillery:Glen Grant Distillery
Location:Rothes, Morayshire
Water Source:Caperdonich Well
Stills:4 Wash stills
4 Spirit stills
Capacity:5.900.000 litres of pure alcohol per year

Expression:Glen Grant 1990 25 Year
Category:Single Malt
Bottled by:Valinch & Mallet - Hidden Casks Collection
Age:25 Year
ABV (% Alc):57.5%
Non-chill filtered:Yes
Natural colour:Yes
Phenols (smoke):0 ppm on barley
Distillation date:1990
Bottle date:2015
Maturation:Bourbon Hogshead
Cask number:152XX (probably 15229)
Bottle number:196 Bottles
Bottle content:70cl

White wine

A subtle yet rich, sweet, balanced and semi-complex whisky with aromas of green apple, pear drops, floral tones, grass, hay, almonds, green walnuts, cinnamon, candied ginger, allspice, berries (raspberries, strawberries, blueberries), beeswax, hint to new leather, creamy oak, tangerine zest, licorice root, cedar wood, fennel seeds, dry white wine, bayleaf, grapes, earthy tones, old books, acacia honey, marzipan, milk chocolate, hint of coffee, damp cellar and subtle oak.

A powerful, rich, full and semi-complex whisky with aromas of sweet backing spices (cinnamon, allspice, ginger), pepper, honey, lemon juice, lemon zest, apple, pear, papaya, almonds, tannins, hint of white wine vinegar, oily tones, hint to varnish, maple syrup, cedar wood, Virginia tobacco, bouquet garni, grape seeds, lemon curd, fennel, mineral tones (chalk), white chocolate, green tea, grains and spice oak.

A long and dry finish with aromas of tannins, cinnamon, grape seeds, grains, cocoa powder, ginger, pepper, grapefruit zest, earthy tones and old oak.

  • 8.8/10
    Smell: - 8.8/10
  • 8.7/10
    Taste: - 8.7/10
  • 8.7/10
    Finish: - 8.7/10


Well this is the best of the range so far. Finally I get a sense of age and complexity (although still very delicate). It needs quite some aeration time to open up fully but your patience is rewarded. There is some layering and complexity here and the development is quite nice.
All in all quite a nice whisky.

Price to quality ratio: 70,51% (Telgen weighted factor score)
This seems to be a split cask with which is available for less than half the price:

Telgen scoreAdvice
0% - 60%Extremely overpriced whisky - not worth buying!
60% - 70%Highly overpriced whisky - think about it
70% - 80%Too expensieve - do you really want it?
80% - 85%No bargain - taste before you buy!
85% - 90%Acceptable price to quality ratio
90% - 95%Good price to quality ratio - always good to stock-up on
95% - 100%Bargain! - Buy it before it is sold out!