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Grant's Family Reserve

Par for the course

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@OdysseusUnboundReview by @OdysseusUnbound

15th May 2017

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  • Nose
    18
  • Taste
    18
  • Finish
    17
  • Balance
    17
  • Overall
    70

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A ubiquitous blended whisky. It's inexpensive, fairly neutral and, as one person (perhaps it was @Victor) put it, a "universal solvent". Grant's Family Reserve is inexpensive and does exactly what you think: it's useful for making an Old Fashioned, a Rusty Nail, a Godfather, a Rob Roy or whatever else you fancy. It's also decent-ish for sipping neat or with a bit of water.

The nose was a little off-putting at first. There was a strong nail-polish remover (acetone?) component that had to be left to calm down. I didn't think blended whisky needed to sit and "open up" as much as malt whisky, but it appears I was wrong. After 10-15 minutes, the nose was fairly straightforward: dried fruit (raisins and prunes mostly), toffee and cereal.

In the mouth, Grant's was ok. Nothing fantastic, but a budget blend rarely blows you away. Sherry-type notes were present, a little vanilla, not much else.

The finish was more of the same with a young grain whisky (cereal-ish?) ending.

Grant's Family Reserve met my expectations for a budget blended whisky.

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3 comments

@Victor
Victor commented

I didn't like my bottle of Grant's Family Reserve when I first opened it.

You might be surprised by it down the road.

After not liking my own bottle of Grant's at first, I now like it better than the majority of single malts that I encounter.

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@OdysseusUnbound
OdysseusUnbound commented

@Victor My bottle has now been open for about 2 weeks and you're right; it's better. There's more toffee to it now and the balance is a bit better.

4 days ago 0

@OdysseusUnbound
OdysseusUnbound commented

I've updated the score for Grant's in my cabinet. I've bumped it up to 74 because it has gotten better with a bit of time.

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