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William Grant's The Family Reserve Tasting notes and reviews

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William Grant's The Family Reserve

William Grant's
The Family Reserve
Scotch Whisky ~ Blended
Produced at
William Grant & Sons Ltd
Widely available

Michael Jackson

Light peat. Heather-honey. Orange blossom.
Delicate. Camomile. Apples, pears. A hint of oatmeal. Grainy.
Burnt grass. Dry.
I have always felt this blend to lack dimension but, as it warmed in the glass, more flavours emerged, especially heathery-peaty elements. Also a more honeyed, malty fullness.

Paul Pacult

I've always admired this biscuity, cake batter, honeyed, grainy bouquet.
Another blend with the word Speyside branded into it, especially in the feline dry, and smooth-as-glass palate entry. Toasted cereal, sweet malt, light caramel, vanilla extract, and almonds abound. Medium-bodied.
It excels in the aftertaste where the silky toasted cereal taste turns a bit fiery (love that), resin-like, and oily in the throat.
This blend has stayed at a very high level for the decade I've been sampling it. This time around I noticed the Balvenie presence more than in the past. Very nice job here.
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