Glen Grant 22 yo 1961/1983 (45%, Nadi Fiori, 350 bottles) Nadi’s one – if not the – gentleman of whisky in Italy. A true pioneer, and a very charming and engaging person. Now this looks like a Chivas bottle, or was it George Strachan? Colour: white wine. Nose: rather smoky old-style Glen Grant, with some soot, metal polish, then garden herbs, basil, parsley, then rather clay and chalk. No roundness and no fruits this time, we’ve gone back to the old ages. Although, perhaps, if you’re really listening, there might be some pink bananas… Mouth: perhaps a tad clumsy at time, uncertain, hesitating between some ashy spices and a brighter fruitiness, but full of charms, sooty, old-cellary (ooh my ears, S.), with some beetroots and simply some earth. It’s as if a part of the malt had been kilned. Earthy celeriac, smoked turnip. Finish: medium, salty/earthy. There’s a great distillery in Alsace, called Metté, where they distil celeriac from time to time. Now they don’t smoke it. Comments: intriguing and worth the experience. Nutshell, fun. SGP:372 - 87 points.