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Glen Grant 23 yo 1992 / 2016 Cadenhead 53.1% vs Glentauchers-Glenlivet 26 yo 1990 / 2017 Cadenhead 52.6% vs Fettercairn 28 yo 1988 / 2017 Cadenhead 55.4%

Glen Grant 23 yo 1992 / 2016 Cadenhead 53.1%

A little surprised by this one. It’s leafy but dry, and sharp with sap and freshly stripped bark. On the other hand there’s a real burnt edge here, with seared metal and an acrid sting from herb sprigs thrown in the fire. Watch out – Capsicums, green chilli and vegetable oil. Not a lush one at all, in fact probably closer to a very economical pear eau de vie. 83 pts

Fettercairn 28 yo 1988 / 2017 Cadenhead 55.4%

Attention Ben Nevis aficionados. Here’s something you’ll like. A thick whisky full of warm wax and cream oaken sweetness. Harvest fresh orchard fruit in a basket, sun warmed gravel and melting butter on fresh pastries. That said the palate is interesting as it brings an unexpected buzz of meaty sulphur a la Ben Nevis (amongst others), which is to say not a real sulphur and not a bad thing at all. The result is a broad shouldered, muscled whisky with equally bulky flavours. It is just unfortunate this particular whisky veers quickly towards a burnt acridity. 87 pts

Glentauchers-Glenlivet 26 yo 1990 / 2017 Cadenhead 52.6%

A surprisingly firm spirit, not meaty but rather rooted with a stiff ligneous core, here draped with palatable golden browns of maple, crisp autumn leaves, a dusting of warm wood spice, light hued tree resins and dried bark. That loveliness gives way to paraffin and raw green berries. This green herbaceous heart suggests culinary vegetables, both bitter and piquant, dense yet fresh. I can see how a blend doesn’t need much of this though on the other hand, as a single malt, 20 plus years seems like a minimum for such a magisterial spirit. 87 pts

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