Grant’s Tasting Notes

Posted: April 16, 2012 in Blended Scotch Whisky, Blended Whisky

Grant’s Signature 40%

Tasted: July 2015

Nose: Full, fruity and estery – pineapple, apricot, banana skin and barley with a delicious thread of perfumed white fruit and honey. Late hints of earth, grass and what seems like a sweet grain note.

Palate: Soft, full and fleshy with hints of natural caramel. To be honest the caramel takes the edge of the voluptuous fruit but the barley still shines through. Again there is what seems to be a light, herbal spirit note.

Finish: Medium length with a light mineral and possibly sweet grain finish. Lightly coffee’d after-taste.

Conclusion: It comes across as a well put together blended whisky with a fairly high malt content.

Grants Voyager 40%

Travel retail 1ltr bottling

Tasted: Sept 2015

Nose: Opens with some beautiful sawdusty, mature oak, luscious honey and tropical apricot, melon and kumquat. This definitely has an aged component! Lightly phenolic and medicinal notes appear and begin to dominate a little but it’s still a sensational nose!

Palate: Initially quite sweet and honeyed with some exceptionally juicy barley and citrus. It doesn’t feel as mature as the nose suggests but you can’t fault its wonderfully succulent character. A gentle sliver of smoke and gentle grain nip complete the picture.

Finish: Long and moist with a lovely, taught citrus and botanical grain finish. Lingering soft, sweet spices.

Conclusion: If you think blends are inferior to single malts then grab a bottle of this and it will open your eyes as to just how good blended scotch can be!

Grant’s Elementary Oxygen 40%

Tasted: Feb 2017

Nose: Very grain heavy and prickly with hints of malt, sherry and spice. Pretty standard stuff!

Palate: Displays a lot more vanilla oak and malt and thus appears a lot fuller than the nose suggests. However it is again pretty unexciting with a touch grain and spice.

Finish: Medium length with lingering grain and coffee along with some late vanilla.

Conclusion: Nothing to get excited about.

Grants 8 year old 43%

Tasted: Feb 2016

Nose:. Opens with lots of relatively mature grain with light rummy dried fruit and developing camphor, coriander leaf, tarragon and nettle. With time some burnt butter and vanilla oak.

Palate: A little homogenous with a touch more malt showing. Quite full with the mature-ish grainy dried fruit coming through on the middle.

Finish: Short, crisp and grainy.

Conclusion: Another blend where the nose is a lot more interesting than the palate.

Grant’s 12 Years old 40%

Tasted: Jan 2012

Yet another uninspiring nose! Very muted with practically no character whatsoever. Maybe there’s a touch of sweet honey and floral grain if you sniff hard enough. I’m struggling to discern much here. Bland and homogenous. Good length with a tart finish. Another very dull blend.

Grant’s 18 Years Old 40%

Tasted: Jan 2012

Deep and subtly sherried aromas of burnt wood, bog myrtle-peat and ripe, smoky fruit. Luscious and reasonably mature with just a hint of grain.

The palate is quite oily with the grain laced sherried fruit showing first. Soft and densely fruity with hints of peat and smoke. Moderately mature. Ok length with a crisp, botanical, violety finish. Very expressive but one could argue that it’s a bit one dimensional and over reliant upon theIslaycomponent. However it is rather pleasant though.

Grant’s 25 Years Old 40%

Tasted: Jan 2012

A dense, oily and slightly industrial nose. Quite deep but slightly muted with hints of dark malt and light treacle. Maybe there is a hint of burnt wood and smoke.

The palate is quite tannic and hard. Again slightly industrial in character with an abundance of grain which just adds to the hardness. Good length but predominantly grain. I can’t say that I’m a fan of the nose and the palate seems incomplete somehow.



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