Re: Grant's Family Reserve
Grant's is a very decent whiskey. It's just very thinned out, very light, very weak in the single malt category.
It has Balvenie and Glenfiddich in it, so I'm not complaining. But of course if you put it side by side with those single malts, you'll understand how underpowered Grant's is in character, depth, complexity and taste. It's like taking a mix of Balvenie and Glenfiddich and adding the same amount of water to it.
But..... again it's good whiskey. I've had a few bottles of Grant's in my time and I can't complain about it's quality. It gives you a nice warm feeling and isn't rough on you the next day. If I were to compare it to bourbon, I would put it right next to Jim Beam White. Except I mix JBW with coke and I don't mix Scotch. I drink my Grant's with a little ice.
If you just want a "cheap as beer" whiskey to throw down while watching some football on the Tube, Grant's is a great choice.
If you're in the mood for a dram of full, complex, character filled, deeper flavored sipp'n whiskey, then Grant's is not what you want.
Someone mentioned Teacher's and White Horse. Well Grant's is more Speyside then both of those I would say. If someone were looking for a cheep Scotch and liked Speyside, I would recommend Grant's and Ballentines. If they preferred highlands and Islay's I would recommend Teacher's and White Horse.
JWR, Dewar's, FG and Black Bottle are in the next price bracket.