Steve from The Whisky Wire celebrated his 90th. Tweet Tasting last Wednesday and it was a cracker!
We got the opportunity to sample four drams that make up the Grants Whisky family of Blended Whiskies.
What’s remarkable is that ALL the whiskies are sub £20 blends which just goes to show that low price does not mean a reduction in quality.
The blends sampled were:-
- Grants Whisky Family Reserve
- Grants Whisky Sherry Cask
- Grants Whisky Ale Cask
- Grants Whisky Signature
As mentioned, the biggest surprise on the night for the Taste Tweeters was the amazing flavours available at such a great price. 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 (and close second) on the night!
Tasting Notes – Grants Whisky Family Reserve (40%)
Family Reserve is made with whiskies that have been matured in virgin oak, bourbon first fill & refill casks. It uses the much acclaimed Girvan grain whisky as its main base and the whisky is still crafted in house by their own Master Blender, Coopers and Stillman.
Nose: Honey, vanilla, toffee & green apples with a little tropical fruit in there as well. Also a little woodiness
Palate: Very sweet, sherbet almost! Vanilla, toffee, pear and some stonking spice!
Finish: Spicy, dry oak with a little tanin, mixed in with glucose sweetness.
Tasting Notes – Grants Whisky Sherry Cask (40%)
Grant’s Sherry Cask is Matured in ex-bourbon & refill barrels, hogsheads & butts, then finished in sherry casks for 3 months. Launched in 2001 as one of the brands first cask finished variants.
Nose: Quite subtle – a little oak at first. Bit understated but there’s vanilla & apples. Later on you get a thick vanilla and pronounced sweet sherry.
Palate: Luscious tropical fruits, vanilla sweetness and mellow spice – very nice! Way more enjoyable than the nose would have me believe.
Finish: Short finish but there’s a pleasant spiciness to it.
Tasting Notes – Grants Whisky Ale Cask (40%)
Grant’s Ale Cask is matured in ex-bourbon & refill barrels, hogsheads & butts, then finished in ale casks for 3 months. It is the only Scotch to be finished in barrels that once held ale. Like the Sherry Cask, the Ale Cask was first launched in 2001.
Nose: Lush green apples, honey and an inviting maltiness is coming through – malt extract is always a favourite of mine!
Palate: Lovely malty sweetness with vanilla and milk chocolate.
Finish: Creamy vanilla, maybe a little hoppy dryness and smooth spiciness with a long finish to boot!
Tasting Notes – Grants Whisky Signature (40%)
Grant’s Signature has been matured in ex-bourbon & refill barrels, hogsheads & butts, with no finish. Launched in 2014 Grant’s Signature is their most recent addition to the range.
Nose: Quite earthy wrapped up in some fruitiness, apples again with stewed, syrupy fruits.
Palate: Fudgy vanilla with honey and apples – very smooth, almost polished like.
Finish: Rich, vanilla finish with peppery spiciness blending into a long, satisfying finish.
My Favourite On The Night
It has to be the Ale Cask for me with the Signature a VERY close second. Both drams were exceptional, full of flavour and great sipping drams!
My fellow Tweeters were:-
@kizzsmyth @GeorgeHHutton @cache1337 @whiskyfreak123 @JasonVaswani @WhiskyApocalyps @ocdwhisky @Whi5kyGeek @SanjieB @RealDramTom @BeersIveKnown @spikeydog120 @AlpacaJo @RealDramRob @TheWhiskyKiwi @msykesjones @ivyeatsagain @rodbodtoo @B_R_Drams @rjstir1 @Girl_Whisky @whiskyU_ @WhiskySpeller
Grants Whisky is available to buy from these Whisky Merchants:-