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William Grant's The Family Reserve Tasting notes and reviews

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William Grant's The Family Reserve

Brand
William Grant's
Expression
The Family Reserve
Type
Scotch Whisky ~ Blended
Abv
40.00%
Produced at
William Grant & Sons Ltd
Website
www.grantswhisky.com
Availability
Widely available

Michael Jackson

Nose
Light peat. Heather-honey. Orange blossom.
Palate
Delicate. Camomile. Apples, pears. A hint of oatmeal. Grainy.
Finish
Burnt grass. Dry.
Comment
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

Nose
I've always admired this biscuity, cake batter, honeyed, grainy bouquet.
Palate
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.
Finish
It excels in the aftertaste where the silky toasted cereal taste turns a bit fiery (love that), resin-like, and oily in the throat.
Comment
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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