I don’t know when I bought this or when I opened it. I learned about it through Ralfy’s videos so quite possibly in 2011 or 2012, and I probably opened it around that time (my database for opening dates is only about 5 years old).
Clearly I didn’t think much of it since a 200 cc bottle, open 6-7 years, is still 2/3 full. I have no idea if I gassed it or not. I’ve been wanting to review it for years but never got around to it.
This expression, in a standard Glencairn, is reviewed in my usual manner, allowing it to settle after which I take my nosing and tasting notes, followed by the addition of a few drops of water, waiting, then nosing and tasting.
Weak nose. Some caramel? Some fruit. One of the weakest noses I have experienced in some time.
Thin and weak. Slightly effervescent, some vanilla. Not much else. More flavour with water, but it’s not pleasant.
There’s nothing really there to balance.
Score: Neat - 72/100 With Water: 72/100
I’m sure it must have been better when I opened it, but probably not much. Lambertus, it’s not. Does anyone want what’s left or shall I dump it?
@Nozinan I'd like to taste from your bottle because all of the Grants Family Reserve I have had has been much much better than your impressions of your bottle.