Review: Grant's Family Reserve Blended Scotch Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

Scottish Malt and Grain Whiskies
Distiller Multiple (Scotland)

When Glenfiddich was founded (1887), there wasn’t a single malt market – the money was in blends. So, in 1898 William Grant’s family launched the blend as a product alongside their single malts. It’s bottled in same triangular bottle as glenfiddich – and they are owned by the same company so this is not surprising at all.

Review (2014)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: ~2013

Nose: Heathery peat is the first thing that comes out, fig, vanilla, overall with a texture of creaminess and slight spiciness. Some maltiness comes through, along with some cherries, milk chocolate – it’s quite complex, and dense. Lots of honey comes through, alongside sultana raisins. The grains bring out a slightly stale and very lightly bitter character, which I do not like the effect of too much.

Taste: Much softer than the nose, with a wonderful side of smoke alongside the malt, with apples, sultana raisins, prunes, almonds, oak, honey and a rich malty character also coming through. There is some graininess that comes through, and a bit of grassy character. The sweetness is just in balance. I also find that the smokiness fades as I drink more and I notice it well. There’s a good level of tartness, too – it makes the whisky very easy to drink.

Finish: There’s some malt, honey, raisins, cinnamon, and almond. The smokiness fades pretty quickly. The almond is quite distinct, I find, especially after some time sipping- it’s quite nice – like a fresh almond with the skin still on.

One of my favorites of the entry level blends, with Teacher's.

Value: High. It’s not an incredible whisky, but it’s also $28 and you can’t do much better at these prices for Scotch.