Blends

Grant’s Cask Editions Ale Cask Finish (40%, OB, 2014)

Grant’s Cask Editions Ale Cask Finish

Whisky Review

  • ABV: 40%
  • Age: NAS
  • Bottling: OB, William Grant & Sons
  • Category: Blended scotch whisky
  • Cost: £20.14
  • Origin: n/a
  • Vintage: undeclared

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What they say

A blended whisky from Glenfiddich’s owner William Grant & Sons. The whisky was finished in strong Edinburgh ale casks, very malty. Now it comes with new packaging. Very handsome…

Official tasting notes:

The nose is of medium-body and quite smooth, there are some herbal notes and a little sweetness, something vegetal lurks. The palate is of medium-body and well-balanced. The cask notes are subtle but present, there are some gentle vegetal notes with a hoppy note, there are fudge notes with barley. The finish is of good length with floral honey notes.

What I say

Grant’s blended whisky finished in ex-Ale casks, retained as part of the 2018 redesign and available in new packaging.

My tasting notes:

  • Appearance: Antique amber gold (9/20), chunky legs and large tears.
  • Nose: Beery initially, cereal barley & fresh milled barley, some fruit, apple, lemon citrus, deeper sugars, brown sugar or fudge, a hint of treacle perhaps, malt, floral, Turkish delight lemon & rose and apple & raspberry.
  • Taste: Gentle palate, cereal barley malt, maize and popcorn, icing sugar, vanilla, coconut, woody oak, toffee, caramel, fudge, butterscotch, no spice, yeasty, honey, malty and hoppy.
  • Finish: Short, icing sugar and vanilla sweet then nutty cereals.

Overall

Smoother and a lot nicer than the Family Reserve blend, the extra time in Ale casks has added some malts, hops and filtered out any spice and spirity elements, great!

Score 83/100

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