Grant’s: The Family Reserve

Maker: Wm. Grant & Sons, Dufftown, Moray, Scotlandwpid-2015-07-17-19.39.08.jpg.jpeg

Style: Blended Scotch whisky

Age: NAS

ABV: 40%

Michigan State Minimum: $20

Appearance: Pale gold.

Nose: Sweet malt, plum, apricot, custard, touch oak oak and alcohol.

Palate: Full bodied and creamy. Custard, cinnamon, allspice, butterscotch candy.

Finish: Malt, oak and good vanilla ice cream with a little heat. Hangs around for a long time.

Parting words: Reviews of NAS Scotch blends have not gone well on this blog, generally so I was reluctant to review this. I bought it because I was looking for a blend to carry me through the summer and have around for the occasional high-ball or Scotch cocktail. I was very pleasantly surprised when I took my first sip.

This is a great whisky. It’s fruity and flavorful but not clunky and even at 40% ABV, it doesn’t taste weak. The malt elements add elegance and interest but it all rests on the firm, luscious bed of top notch grain whisky. Grant’s works well in cocktails, but I think I prefer to sip. It’s impossible to beat for the price. Grant’s The Family Reserve is highly recommended.

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