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Whisky Reviews for Grand Old Parr 12-year-old
11 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 79.57 points
- I tasted from the big bottle as shown above and it was actually not as good as the original miniatures - more dusty, old books and zesty - strange
- I tasted another bottle of the same original miniature and it was actually fantastic again
- What a positive surprise – this whisky is totally good, in particular on the nose!
Looking at the other low ratings I might have got a very special bottling - it was a 5 cl original miniature.
Fresh, rich, citrus fruits, oranges, ripe bananas, toffee, old books, touch of oak wood – Great!
Smooth, creamy, citrusy, woody, toffee, oranges, liquorice, sweet
Medium long, warm, smooth
- i have used this for blending/experimenting with bourbon and other scotch blends, seems to be a good base whisky, i use around 50% of this and add 35-40% of another, plus 10-15% water. it certainly made the mediocre ones drinkable and gives good harmony and balance.
- N: initially smells fairly cheap and a bit rough. After time: sherry influence, old wood, marmalade, raisin/fruits, citrusy vanilla, preserves and dried figs offer themselves. Thank goodness for Ralfy review 289 for the steer) as I've been struggling past the initial cooking sherry/Aldi vibe.
T: Sherried/woody sweet highland (glenfiddich) arrival leading to an Islay (laphroaig) tcp/salty vegetal note, (although the ash suggests a Lagavulin influence), then some sweeter Speyside offerings, some soapy fennel note and sugary lemon. Adding water brings the Speyside quality to the fore, eventually blows out of steam.
F: a long lingering quality with the palate still intact, although it's fairly flat. A vegetal, ashy, cocoa sweet woody mouthful that lasts with a spicy, fennel, vanilla woodiness at the death. It's a bit musty in places but more vibrant in others. As the bottle goes on, that cocoa hot chocolate liquor (Kailua) note really comes on at the finish.
C: Another useful Ralfy recommendation especially when in Mexico, its an affordable, available drinkable blend with qualities that can easily be missed. Well blended whisky using a variety of Scotland's regions fair. It's not great, it's not terrible, it's rough round the edges but also shines in places!
Scores a C-
- i wasn't expecting much from this given the presentation and the nose, but i'm glad to be proven wrong, great flavor combinations, sweet and toasty, long and satisfying finish. forget your prejudices about this whisky and give it a try.
Malty, very scented, cake-like. Linseed.
Big. Notably firm-bodied. Malty. Cereal grains. Toasted sesame seeds. Demerara sugar and raisins. Honey.
Soothing. Long. Developing slight lemon grass and peatiness.