Aug 8, 2013

Blend Project #7 Grant's Distillery Edition...

Grant's Distillery Edition (50.0%): This is the second Grant's expression I will taste for the blend project. First one was The Family Reserve which I thought was a great whisky at its price range. Distillery Edition is bottled at 100 US proof and also non chill-filtered. One liter bottle cost around $23 at duty free shop in Brussels and looked like a steal to me. Let's see what it tastes like. Color: Clear flawless light amber. Nose: First it noses like a single malt sherry bomb: spoiled milk, dried sour cherries, zante currants and soft sheep cheese. After airing it a little we start to get more ex-bourbon barrel aromas: baby bananas, Dole crushed pineapple, artificial vanilla extract and coconut shavings. Adding water makes it more harmonious and actually floral. The aromas blend together beautifully. Palate: In case you were wondering where the grain whisky part of the whisky was hiding at the nose here it is. It definitely does have a way younger palate than the nose suggested. Young alcohol burn with cookie dough, spearmint, apple compote, cinnamon dusting and peach melba. Oaky and malty notes you could get from a bold British ale. Quite nice mouthfeel, creamy and smooth. Kind of odd how the nose prepared me for a sherry monster but the palate didn't deliver it at all. Finish: Medium long but not at the back of my tongue more like down on my throat. Must be the young grain whiskies in the blend. Overall: Again for the money I paid for the bottle I should shut my mouth, sit down and enjoy the juice in the bottle. Actually only issue I have is that the nose raised the expectations so high, the palate simply couldn't keep up with it. When I was nosing it I thought that I had a clear winner in the glass but the palate and the finish let me down a bit. Also adding water improves the nose but not helping to the palate. Definitely a very nice blend, no doubt about it but I think I would go for The Family Reserve instead if I was buying an everyday whisky or ordering a "Scotch" in the pub with my beer...