Grant’s Blended Scotch Whisky
The Family Reserve | 1.75 L.
- SP Wine Spectator
- WE Wine Enthusiast
- VN Vinous
- RP Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate
- ST Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
- OT Other Review Service
- Gold Premier Gold - Best Value*
- Plat Premier Platinum - Our Highest Recommendation
- * as rated by our staff
92 pts.Wine Enthusiast: September, 2011
A suave and smooth mix of Dufftown and Speyside Scotches. The burnished copper spirit has lively orange peel, butterscotch and baking spice notes and a buttery finish. Good value.
85–89 pts.Wine Enthusiast: December 31, 2008
The muted nose features scents of heather honey, oak and dry breakfast cereal. Palate is very nice with floral, intensely grainy and off-dry flavors; midpalate displays harmonious flavors including black pepper, honey, light caramel and wood resin. Ends with no single component dominating.
85–89 pts.Wine Enthusiast: November 15, 2007
If that doesn’t have all the charm and floral qualities of Speyside single malts such as Glenfiddich and Balvenie I’ll eat your tam-o’-shanter. William Grant’s Family Reserve tastes like elegant Speyside malts because they are the backbone of this overlooked blend.
80 pts.Wine Enthusiast: May, 1997
Pale golden with amber highlights. medium-bodied. Dried flowers, malt, brown spice. Subtle malty nose reveals a rounded palate with balanced woody flavors through the finish.
Santé: December, 2008
Broad, rich aromas and flavors of malt, dried apple, toffee, and roasted hazelnut; smooth and seamless with a clean dried-fruit finish.
Wine Enthusiast: March, 2001
Amber color. The nose is of Speyside bent, in that it’s plump, oily and semisweet with layers of rubber, biscuit batter and honeyed oatmeal. Unmistakable familial influence of Glenfiddich and Balvenie single malts in the comely, nectar-like flavor; tastes of almonds, toffee, chocolate, and vanilla extract abound from palate entry through to the lovely, candied aftertaste. Offers truckloads of flavor and true complexity.
F. Paul Pacult’s Spirit Journal: December 1, 2007
Pleasing old gold coin color; unblemished clarity. The nose is a bit muted in the first go-round after the pour; aeration stimulates scents of heather honey, oak, and dry breakfast cereal. This whisky shines in the mouth, so forget nosing it; entry is supple, floral, intensely grainy, and off-dry; the midpalate stage displays harmonious flavor components including black pepper, honey, light caramel, and wood resin. End in a gentlemanly fashion, with no single component dominating. While I think it would benefit from tinkering especially in the aromatics and the aftertaste, it’s better than average for the price range. Recommended.