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Grant's Family Reserve

First Rate Standard Blend

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@VictorReview by @Victor

14th Jul 2012


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Colour: gold

Body: medium, sticky

Nose: moderate wine flavours from the start, with honey and ripened barley to follow. Next to arrive are echoes of the oak, and a hint of peat. Very nice

Taste: strong flavours of wine, quite sweet, nice barley-malt grain flavours, a little licorice, and some peat. Delicious. The flavours were good at first bottle opening, but became much more robust after the bottle was open a couple of months

Finish: long and strong. The malty grain flavours exit the stage before the wine and peat flavours

Balance: the parts harmonise together well. The flavours are quite strong for 40% ABV whisky. As an inexpensive "standard" blend, I find William Grant's The Family Reserve to be quite remarkably good. It holds its own for flavours and sophistication not only among 'standard blends', but among all whiskies, including those much older and more expensive

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Donski commented

Good review, have you tried the sherry cask or ale cask finish versions of this

9 years ago 0

Victor commented

Nope. Would like to, certainly, along with the 7,500 other whiskies I haven't tried yet.

9 years ago 0

JeffC commented

I had some of this recently while on a family vacation since my relatives picked up a bottle of it. I was pleasantly surprised. I would like to try the sherry or ale cask finishes, 12 year old as well, but I thought they were not available in the United States. Sadly I think some of the more obscure blended scotches never make it outside their home market, i.e., the UK.

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