Grant’s Whisky
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  • Some are rather more at the cheap end of the scale, including at least one which I won’t name, but which isn’t my favourite
  • Whisky evokes the best of the Scottish countryside which is generally much less industrialised than larger-scale farming elsewhere in the world

    • by Anglecynn
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      Every so often, you find that something comes along which is perceived as being just a standard product and no one thinks anything of it. Only when it is about to disappear do people start to realize just how lucky they were. That is the case with this whisky. It is from a family-owned distillery, which is an unusual enough thing in itself, in this day and age. It is almost unique in Scotland, where big business has controlled most distilleries for generations.

      I would not want to suggest that there is anything wrong with most Scotch whiskies simply because they are made by big companies. Far from it. In a world of drabness and mediocrity, the distilling industry in Scotland produces some extremely fine produce, much as its counterparts do in the USA, Canada and so on. However, this is a whisky which, I would argue, is a good step ahead of most of


      the competition.

      Scotch whiskies are, in general, either malts or blends. Some are rather more at the cheap end of the scale, including at least one which I won’t name, but which isn’t my favourite. Others are quite simply excellent and you will hear more about them in other reviews. In this case, Grant’s blended whisky is a gem. The blend itself is a clean, smooth blend with just the right balance to offend no one who is not an aficionado of malt whiskies (yes! I am afraid that there are some). As with all other good Scotches, you would not want to drink it with anything other than water, if you are a purist (ice on a hot day). I will admit a shocking thing, however. I have found that blended Scotch whisky makes a terrific long, cold drink if you add ginger ale to it (Canada Dry, for example). Don’t tell ...


      • anyone. This is a terrible thing for a Scotsman to admit, but there is a case to make for a whisky drink on a really hot day that isn’t just whisky and water. Promise not to tell anyone that I said that? Good!

        Well, Grant’s is a whisky that I probably wouldn’t adulterate with ginger. There are plenty of cheap blends which would probably benefit from the addition, but they are not the quality blends. Grant’s, however, deserves to be treated with respect. Swill it around in your glass to warm it, just like a brandy. Inhale the ‘nose’, or bouquet. It should increase the flowery smell of the peaty water and (if you are in a really dreadful part of the world (make your own choice of place), you will find that smell is absolutely wonderful. It reeks of the cool, green glens of Scotland with the rivers rushing to the sea. Whisky

        evokes the best of the Scottish countryside which is generally much less industrialised than larger-scale farming elsewhere in the world. Thus, the image of a hillside dotted with sheep is a realistic one and the pace of life that such an image evokes is the sort of imagery that the scent of a good whisky should evoke. So, sniff your Grant’s. The taste is a rounded, full-bodied one. It isn’t sweet. It isn’t dry either. It leaves a sweet taste on the tongue and it has length (in other words, you taste it long after you have swallowed it). That has to be good, doesn’t it? You don’t just buy the taste when it goes down your throat. It lingers. Don’t just swallow it. That would be a shame – a tragedy, indeed – rather, savour it and enjoy the effect of the drink on your senses. It is a drink to relish, not to squander!




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