The nose is quite soft and light. There are notes of malted barley and toasted cereals with the requisite sweetness. The palate is of good body and quite sweet. There are notes of toffee and caramel with vanilla fudge and a touch of gentle, supple oak. The finish is of medium-length.
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for the price (heck, it's on sale now $12.99 in Pennsylvania!), it can't be beat. every bottle is solidly the 'same' but i notice, on occasion, shifts in it's emphasis....sometimes (rarely) the excellent 'grain' in the mix is too assertive....but usually, the sweet, tropical notes shine through..this most recent bottling is showing it's slight peatiness....a hint of smoke that doesn't dominate and helps balance the the three-way synergy of malt, grain and peat. this current bottling is spot on. nothing to bash here.
21st April 2015
I had never tasted the Family Reserve until I received my latest Edition of the Whisky Bible by Jim Murray. I generally drink the Famous Grouse as an everyday dram and stock several single malts. Murray gave it a 94 so I thought it worth a try. I was very pleased and surprised. A masterful job of blending (which often goes unappreciated) and very nice on the palate. I would give it a good 4 stars.
31st January 2015
What happened ?I have had many botles of this,ever since it was labeled william grant's , and i always enjoyed it and pick it over JW red, Ballentines, sir edward's, J&B....(no Teacher's or Vat 69 available in Algeria).I just no longer recognize the whisky i use to drink. This spirit is hot,it's sour, no more fruitiness, no nuttiness, the big prunes note is gone,also is the sweetness.It tastes like a mix of water, alcohol and caramel, in which they soaked a piece of wood for a while.What a shame ! think i won't be buying this for a while.
23rd January 2015
...A bended Scotch at the cheaper end of the market. It's an easy to drink session whisky that won't break the bank. You're not going to spend the night discussing the finer points of the nose and finish but you will drink it and have a good time. There is plenty of competition at this price point and if you don't like the Grants there are lots more to choose from but none is necessarily better than any of the others, it's down to personal preferance. 8/10 as for the price you can;t argue with it.
20th January 2015
Here's nothing interesting to find, it isn't good even for mixing. If you want a cheap good one, try VAT 69, it's absolutely great. Teacher's works very well too. Even Cutty Sark and William Lawson's are much better, although much more fruity.
28th December 2014
I have definately had worse than Grants.there is a hint of malt that kinda left me wishing for a more malty full bodied taste than Grant"s had to offer.Ballentines hands down is probably the best low price scotch on the market.10 year old Speyburn single malt ($26.00) scotch is probably ( dollar for dollar) the best money can buy. Speyburn is the scotch that tought me some high priced scotch is way over priced and rated.
4th September 2014
I know blended Whisky is not a premium products - however there are quite a few that decent enough. This one however I thought was pretty foul indeed. Each time I raised the glass to take a drink - I smelt a strange pungent aroma - almost sewer like. I will not be buying this product again.
6th July 2014
A great tasting scotch at a very reasonable price.
13th May 2014
....since I started drinking Grands. I bought 12 years old 15...18 single malt and I always come back to Grands it is my prefer every day scotch. I only wish that they still make the one with the golden label some say that there is no difference between the burgundy one and the gold one but, trust me there is.
23rd April 2014
In my view no 1 blend. Been drinking it for 54 years. I know non scotch drinkers who say its acceptable.
21st April 2014
A very solid, acceptable blended whisky. If you consider yourself an experienced scotch drinker, you can take a step back, add a drop or two of water and enjoy this without spending the money required to purchase a single malt. Really not bad at all for a blend. You should enjoy it.
5th April 2014
Just got a litre on special in Tesco for £17. I am sitting enjoying a big glass in front of the telly and I am at work tomorrow! Nice and smooth with a bitter -sweet aftertaste. One of the best young whiskeys out there. I have often turned my nose up at cheaper whiskeys, but I can see this being a weekday favourite! It is cheap and it tastes smooth and musky - what more do you want at this price?
30th March 2014
A great tipple for those long evenings when you just want to enjoy a whisky or three. A soothing blend that for under 12 euro a litre will not break the bank.
27th March 2014
Some of the reviews are quite scathing, appreciate this product as it is meant to be, a mellow, well balanced young blend of grain and malt (though not 50/50 I'm sure!). After purchasing many single malts and enjoying all of them, probably a bit too much, I needed a bottle to snarf on a Fri/Sat with mates, but Ardbeg/Penderyn was starting to chip away the bank balance.I've decided to try the Grants/Sherry/Ale varieties, avoiding Bells/Whyte&Mackay/Famous Grouse as they are all too "young" with that all consuming alcohol taste that gets the acid reflux going after more than a couple. So far so good, like others have said it is light on flavour, but as a neat drinker that's absolutely fine with me. I love the peaty monster drams, but for "artisan" whisky you have to pay a premium, you can grab a bottle of this for £13-£15, a 1L for under £20......If; like me, you prefer a few drams of an evening instead of cans of Fosters/Stella, I don't think you can really buy better at this price point. Sláinte!
28th February 2014
for 14 squid a 70cl bottle its like they are giving it away...i love grants..and no i'm not pished...yet.
27th February 2014
Great sweet tones of vanilla and toffee. The vanilla is particularly prominent. Fairly smooth for the price and far better than anything in its price range, and even better than some more expensive brands. nothing on a good single malt, but very drinkable. 9/10 for the brilliant value.
26th February 2014
I love it
24th February 2014
The notes is quited soft sweet aroma very nice blend
Had a few bottles of Grant's over the years, but they were all gifts.I never actually paid for a bottle myself, nor is it likely I ever will, because it is a very forgettable dram.I'll rather pay twice as much for something else, knowing it will be 20 times better tasting.
22nd February 2014
Don't do it. Wait until something goes on sale. Don't do it.
21st February 2014
We all liked Grants. Especially me. I got smashed. Good smoooth taste for the price.
26th January 2014
It was on offer for £10, and having not tried it before I couldn't resist.It's harsh and a little bitter, I can't really pick out any pleasant flavours. As far as cheapo blended whiskey goes, I much prefer Whyte and Mackay's which is normally a similar price.
10th November 2013
It's cheap, so expect nothing THAT good. What I do like about it is that while being cheap it avoids that spoiled young taste that so many in it's price range have. All of the flavors are light and thin, but there are at least a range of them, even a bit of skunky peat smoke in there, which gives it something interesting. In general it is a bland, but not bad scotch. Where I live it can be had for 10 dollars less than Johnny Walker Red Label, and it is far more pleasant.
6th November 2013
Agree with both above. This was my first Grants. As a neat whisky drinker, this is nice and complex enough to keep me interested. I would say the finish settles nicely on the tongue and carries on releasing fruity honey flavors; however, Teachers is still my 'go to' neat drinking blend to spare my single malt collection from weekly attacks...that Ardmore is still king. Good for the price though.
27th October 2013
Wow. Nice to see a really articulate review! I agree with everything said reviewer (er) said:)But would like to add an element...the honey...thats really big in Grant's, in my opinion. And its not sweet, cheap honey either but the good, runny dark stuff. Truly speyside.
22nd October 2013
In a world where Grouse is now Ru..sH, this Sherry Cask Finish is full, but mellow with a hint of sweetness. Lovely.
15th October 2013
It used to be called "Standfast" it is just as good.
12th October 2013
Grant's 'The Family Reserve' is a superb example of blending skill, and one of the most complex examples of the type I've ever tasted. My favourite blend is still Teacher's (that Ardmore malt... unbeatable!), but I'd say this wins over it in terms of sheer complexity. The nose is mouthwatering, sweet malts, dark fruit, then the palate really opens the throttle: more malt, rich fruit, hay, something almost vegetal-like, the malt and the grain standing out from each other, distinctive, the finish rolling all those flavours up and gently fading away. A masterpiece.
6th April 2013
If you are searching for a whisky that can replicate an inadvertent mixing of rubbing alcohol and apple juice and store brand Scotch, this is it. It actually has a nondescript, bitter-sweet Scotch flavor with a very nasty rubbing alcohol like bloom. Errr...nasty stuff. Serve this to an unwanted house pest so he won't return. No give him the bottle and ask him to leave.
13th September 2012
Only Blended that is better then it is VAT69. in the price range of course. i would buy Grant's Family reserve over JW Black Label without giving it a second thought. as a side note, i won a huge 4L bottle in a competition a few years ago.so grant's was my first love :) but vat is better then it.
23rd August 2012
Having been happy to get a bottle of this as a present from a friend it is very enjoyable. For £15ish on a 70cl bottle I have yet for the money to find better. It is a very enjoyable drink with a definite oak finish. It has complex sweet subtleties in the taste and finish. Get in!
26th February 2012
i just drop by to say hello!nice taste
1st January 2012
Whenever I look at this bottle, I remember a cool night, with a friend, cigarettes on our lips, heading down the alleys to home. I love it.
19th May 2011