Grant's 12 Years Review

Country: Scotland
Brand: Grant’s Blended Scotch Whisky
Bottled by William Grant & Sons, Dufftown
Type: Blended Whisky
Age: 12 Y
Alcohol: 40%
Date: 07-07-2012

Colour:  Pale Gold

Nose: First impressions are Peat, Malt, Oak, Vanilla, Grains/Biscuits and a tad of Leather. There’s some Alcohol present so you have to find your way around it to detect some Fruit (Orange Zest, Peach, Apple and maybe Mango or Pineapple).

Taste: Rather sweet with Honey, Milk Chocolate, Malt, Cereals, Orange Zest and Spices like Pepper and Nutmeg.

Finish: Middle-Long and not as sweet as the Palate would want you to believe. Grains, Malt, Cinnamon and Nuts (Almonds).

When adding a few drops of water you eliminate most of the Alcohol on the Nose while releasing more Malt, Vanilla, Biscuits and Tropical Fruits. On the Palate the Spices are less present. The Finish reveals a bit more bitter Grain. You can play with a bit of Water without overdoing it of course.

Rating:  81 
Nose: 21 - Taste: 20 – Finish: 20 – Overall: 20

General Remarks:  This Blend is produced for the Family-Owned William Grant & Sons Ltd by their Master Blender Brian Kinsman (formerly David Stewart). It contains 50% Single Malts and 50% Grain Whiskies. (Girvan Distillery – see Picture above). It matures for at least 12 Years in Oak Casks before being finished for another 6 months in First Fill American Oak. William Grant & Sons are also the owners of Glenfiddich and the Balvenie so we may assume that these Malts are part of this Blend.

Drinking Experience Neat: Good
Drinking Experience on the Rocks: Quite Nice.

Conclusion: This is a much better Blend than the Family Reserve, that’s for sure. There is nothing challenging here but it’s a well-balanced all-rounder that will please most people. It’s not quite interesting enough to drink it neat on a regular basis in my opinion but on the Rocks you can’t go wrong with this Blend.

Jan van den Ende                                                                    July 2012

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