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article imageReview: Find out what a $3,500 whisky tastes like Special

By Tim Sandle     Mar 20, 2016 in Food
London - It isn't often that a $3,500 whisky gets to be tasted. Digital Journal had this opportunity at an event in London. The whisky was pretty good. To find out what it was and what it tasted like, read on.
The whisky was showcased at Whisky Live London, a global touring event that allows visitors to sample some of the most interesting whiskies in the world. Digital Journal's report of the 2016 event can be found here.
While Whisky Live allows some unusual and sometimes rare whiskies to be tasted, this normally doesn't extend to whiskies beyond the $100-200 range. To try a whisky valued so highly was a rare opportunity.
The whisky was from 1948 (distilled on June 11 that year.) It retails for £2,300 (around $3,500) per bottle.
The dram was presented in a crystal whisky drinking glass, called the Glencairn. The glass is designed to extenuated the smell ("nose") of any whisky added to it.
Here is a standard Glencairn glass:
The classic whisky tasting glass - the Glencairn. The Glencairn Whisky Glass is a revolutionary whis...
The classic whisky tasting glass - the Glencairn. The Glencairn Whisky Glass is a revolutionary whisky glass that really lets one savor the taste and complexity of fine whisky.
However, an expensive whisky requires a finer glass:
The Glen Grant 1948 in a good quality crystal Glencairn glass.
The Glen Grant 1948 in a good quality crystal Glencairn glass.
The 1948 bottling was matured in first fill sherry casks. It is 40 percent proof, and first made available to the general public in 2013. So, what was it like? First off, a whisky is experienced in three ways. These are:
Appearance - what the whisky looks like, such as amber, pale or golden;
Nose - the effect on the olfactory system after the whisky has been swirled;
Palate - divided into the initial taste and the finish, which are often different.
An airiel shot of the Glen Grant  a rich  amber color is apparent.
An airiel shot of the Glen Grant, a rich, amber color is apparent.
With this is mind, to the 1948 Glen Grant.
Digital Journal s Tim Sandle studies the 1948 Glen Grant. He needs to savor this moment.
Digital Journal's Tim Sandle studies the 1948 Glen Grant. He needs to savor this moment.
The nose was rich with a healthy sweetness. There was a whiff of honey and some vanilla, with a dash of herbs, perhaps traces of fennel. Some of those sampling it could discern coffee. The first taste was full and dry, a good balance of sweetness, with plenty of fruit on the tip of the tongue, especially a chewy apricot.
Digital Journal s Tim Sandle tastes the £2 300 per bottle whisky.
Digital Journal's Tim Sandle tastes the £2,300 per bottle whisky.
There is also some evidence of sherry. Certainly the soft, delectable bouquet seduces the senses. The finish is long, dry and satisfying, with hints of orange and baked apples.
So  how was it? 10 out 10 says Digital Journal s Tim Sandle.
So, how was it? 10 out 10 says Digital Journal's Tim Sandle.
The 1948 bottling of Glen Grant  an expensive whisky. With other whiskies produced  Glen Grant is on...
The 1948 bottling of Glen Grant, an expensive whisky. With other whiskies produced, Glen Grant is one of the top five bestselling Scotch single malt distilleries worldwide.
The distillery that the special whisky came from Glen Grant, located in the Speyside region of Scotland (where the majority of whisky distilleries are located.) Speyside whiskies Speyside whiskies are among Scotland’s lightest, sweetest single malts. There are eighty-four working distilleries in the area, including the world’s best-sellers like The Glenlivet, Glenfiddich, Glen Grant and The Macallan.
Glen Grant is a distillery of two divides. The distillery produces some large-volume, popular young malts, which are fine for everyday drinking but a little nondescript. The distillery also produces some fine, well-crafted blends, as the 1948 testifies.
The Glen Grant distillery today  as shown on one of the slides presented at the tasting.
The Glen Grant distillery today, as shown on one of the slides presented at the tasting.
The distillery opened in 1861, as a family concern run by brothers John and James Grant (two former illegal distillers and smugglers.) It is now owned by the Campari group, and bottled by Gordon & MacPhail.
Gordon & MacPhail is an independent bottler and distiller of Scotch Whisky  founded in 1895 and loca...
Gordon & MacPhail is an independent bottler and distiller of Scotch Whisky, founded in 1895 and located in Elgin in the north-east of Scotland.
The Glen Grant was a fine dram and worthy of a 10 out of 10 rating. Is it worth the price tag? The price relates to its rarity and it was fun to try it. However, there are many fine whiskies in the $50 region and you don't need to pay crazy prices to get a good dram.
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