It was blended night on last Wednesdays Tweet Tasting, which was once again ably hosted by Steve from The Whisky Wire.
There were three blends on offer from Grant’s Whisky who recently announced a brand refresh for its blended Scotch whisky range, including the launch of the three new expressions we were sampling.
In addition to the three new expressions Grant’s Whisky have also rebranded their Signature Blend bottling as Grant’s 8 Year Old Sherry Cask Finish.
So, the blends sampled were:-
- Grant’s Triple Wood
- Grant’s Rum Cask Finish
- Grant’s Triple Wood Smoky
If you want to catch up on what all the tasters had to say you can view the tweets by searching for the hash tag #GrantsWhisky on Twitter.
So, what did I think?
Here are my tasting notes … and the one which was my favourite on the night!
Tasting Notes – Grant’s Triple Wood (40%)
Grant’s Triple Wood: matured in three different types of cask; Virgin Oak, American Oak and Refill Bourbon. (Priced at around £15.00)
Nose: Quite woody with some apples in there. Some vanilla & maple syrup (I pinched that observation!) as well as popcorn and gets nice and fudgy as it breathes!
Palate: Thinnish, smooth mouthfeel. A fresh sweetness, almost sherbet like with vanilla, a hint of apples and quite a dry mouthfeel.
Finish: Long finish with some punchy pepper!
Overall: A pleasant dram, suitable for all tastes and an ideal mixer whisky.
Tasting Notes – Grant’s Rum Cask Finish (40%)
Grant’s Whisky Rum Cask Finish: matured in oak barrels before ageing further in barrels that previously held Caribbean rum. (Priced at around £19.00)
Nose: Thick, creamy vanilla. Butter popcorn and some wood. The rum is coming thru now with a hint of tropical fruitiness – but not as much as many of my fellow tweeters experienced!
Palate: Creamy vanilla, buttery popcorn and a frisson of ruminess!
Finish: “Tanic Oak” Yes, Got it! Plus a smooth finish with vanilla sweetness and a little spice.
Overall: Sweeter than the Triple Wood with a hint of rum that sits well on the palate. Again, suitable for all tastes and an ideal mixer whisky.
Tasting Notes – Grant’s Triple Wood Smoky (40%)
Grant’s Whisky Triple Wood Smoky: matured in three different types of cask; Virgin Oak, American Oak and Refill Bourbon. It also has an increased amount of peated whiskies included in the blend compared to the Triple Wood bottling. (Coming soon to selected retailers – Priced at around £19.00)
Nose: Some nice peaty, wood smoke straight off! Sweet vanilla mixed in with some wood charring as well. Following on is crisp green apples and some fudge – also a little salt.
Palate: Smooth, rich vanilla with just a hint of smoke and some tropical fruitiness.
Finish: Lovely finish – sweet with a building pepper.
Overall: A gentle introduction to smokiness with just hints of peat and peat – very nice!
My Favourite On The Night
Out of the 3, I think it’s got to be the Grant’s Triple Wood Smoky. A very nice dram with a little “something” for everyone – watch out for that building pepper though!
Congratulations to Grant’s Whisky on this brand refresh – I’m sure that it will be a big success!
My fellow Tweeters were:-
@JasonVaswani @TomsWhisky @iheartwhisky @Whisky_And1 @dvdbloke @SpiritAndWood @whiskeycyclist @jwbassman_ @ocdwhisky @WhiskyUnplugged @rjstir1 @whiskywings @TheWhiskyphiles @MaltMusings @MorayTours @SanjieB @rumminguk @spikeydog120 @RumDiariesBlog @moonbites @skemduffy @bobsta1975 @PhilScott101
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