Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
William Grant & Sons (WG&S)
Bottling serie
Blended Scotch Whisky
40.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Family Owned
Added on
14 Jan 2020 10:13 am

Average value

€ 17.66

one in wishlist

186 × member ratings

410 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Grant's The Family Reserve

45 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 65.06 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 72 points Super Administrator

    This is a decent and appealing Blended Scotch that offers a bit more than its competitors in the low-price range. The nose is soft and light, featuring toffee, citrus notes and hints of cinnamon. It's very much a Speyside style of a blend. Grant's Family Reserve tastes strong, sweet and spicy, and there is an apple note coming through. However, it's very young whisky, and the occasional metallic note can't be hidden. As a mixer, Grant's goes well into Coca Cola. Yet, this whisky can certainly be drunk neat, if your expectations are in accordance with its price.

    RATING: 2.5/5.0 stars ≙ 72 pts → SUBPAR
    • Nose
      76 76
    • Taste
      70 70
    • Finish
      70 70

  2. lincolnimp scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Grants 2021 Family Reserve v 1970 Grant’s Standfast 70 proof white label.

    Family reserve 2021 WB ID 146441
    Standfast late 60`s early 70's bottle with Glenfiddich Crest on the neck label, only older bottles had this WB ID 180207

    Marmalade, brown toast, peanuts? But more fruit this time round, kiwi,mango and peach syrup, olive oil, faint yeast, but different to last time i can smell the grain that is mixed in with some vanilla

    This is really good as I am getting the same DNA as the Family Reserve just more of everything.
    There is something mineral about this one, it almost has an industrial, dirty gritty quality with all the smells of an engineering workshop (I used to work in them)
    There is the old musty chemical smell that is the hallmark of long OBE and it adds to the complexity.
    There is some mandarine , yellow plum, a big cereal note from the grain, industrial cleaning products, that sort of thing.

    Really creamy with a lovely fruit edge, on sweet green apple, plum with hints of mango, what I like about this is the balance of the grain that adds some toffee sweetness, there is a hint of ginger and other spices with a dash of sweet peat and the sherry content is also well defined.

    This has a minerality of a level that is very rare in any whisky, it has a dirty side, like the nose suggested , it is oily, mouth coating but not too heavy.
    There is an excellent sweet icing note like on the tiny round biscuits sold in a bag with a blob of icing on the top that kids used to get.
    There is some peat that mixes beautifully with the sherry, a little spice note, sweet caramel, faintest hint of chocolate lime sweets,
    There are hints of ginger pudding and then the grain bites your tongue and adds a little oomph if you will.
    Excellent, i am blown away by this to be honest

    Candy sweetness mixed with Highland Toffee, remaining sweet, very nice
    This is so inofensive, anyone could drink this, I like it

    Not a long finish, remaining sweet, spicy and then right at the end a hint of chemical which knocks it down a few points possibly even slightly soapy?
    Not sure what it is to be honest, possibly burnt rubber so hard to decipher
    Not a spoiling taste but an unusual one more than anything , could be the OBE.




    The latest Grant's is an easy sipper, not complicated , on the sweet side and in my view worth the purchase.
    The 1970 has a much greater depth of profile, being quite mineral and earthy, almost dirty which is something I like in a whisky.
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  3. claymore84 scored this whisky 30 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on March 27th, 2021 during a blind tasting with the friendly Mr. Z. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1Ru6Rd7Sng&ab_channel=FriendlyMr.Z)

  4. lincolnimp scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    I called this H2H `The Dirty Dozen`, not in a derogatory way but because all 12 of these blends (latest versions) are all under £20 the actual price points here are £13-£20 UK sterling
    All these bottles are available either in supermarkets or on line and all, apart from the Highland Black have no age statement.

    I wanted the 11 NAS bottles to be tested against the Aldi whiskey, as I have heard decent comments about the Aldi whiskey and at £12.99 it was the cheapest here, the most expensive was the Bushmills Original. I was only originally going to do Scotch blends but thought in the interests of fair play to have a couple of Irish in the mix.

    RESULT , all bottles are 2021 releases

    1st - Highland Black Distiller’s Reserve 8 year 40% Aldi
    2nd - Grant’s Family Reserve 40%
    3rd-The Famous Grouse 40% (mini)
    4th- High Commissioner 40%
    5th-Bell’s Original 40%
    6th- Scottish Leader 40%
    7th - JW Red Label 40%
    8th- Teacher’s Highland Cream 40%
    9th -Jameson triple distilled 40%
    10th- Black Bottle 40% (mini)
    11th- Bushmills Original White label 40% OB
    12th- Dewar’s White Label 40%

    There were common threads through most of these whiskies, they were quite light, many had green apple notes, some had vanilla and many of them were much sweeter than a single malt which was to be expected.

    My palate is suited to blends, probably because they are generally sweeter but also because I am very sensitive to woody bitterness and sulphur, which you do not get with young blends.

    My scoring may surprise some but, on this site many punters seem to like to knock blends and give them low scores for the sake of it. In my view this is because it is seen as the right thing to do to show you are a single malt person, to show you are a knowledgeable drinker, which is bollocks of course.
    I see comments like bland, no taste, no finish and score likes 28, 32, 40 etc, which in my view are unfair and show that people are just following the well-trodden curve to bash cheap blends.

    I see many times in supermarkets, men of a certain age just walk up to the whiskey Isle and just go straight to the Bell’s, Teacher’s or Whyte Mackay, they know what they like and stick to it., they cannot all be wrong, they are looking for value in their budget, they have been drinking for many years, and know a good buy when they see it.

    In this tasting there was only one complete duffer with and that was the Dewar’s White Label, and the Bushmills original was better but I would not purchase either of these again. Sure none of them were big on depth of profile or multi layered, that is the whole point of a blend, an easy sipper.

    For what it is worth I would be happy to buy the top 9 bottles in this tasting again as a repeat purchase.

    This was a fun tasting, before I started I was expecting the Famous Grouse, Teacher’s and Bell’s to do ok and was also expecting the Aldi Highland Black to score high because it is meant to be good at its price point.

    I have been honest in my assessment, The Highland Black as £13 is great value, tastes nice and is a good daily sipper and deserved to be on top.
    The Famous Grouse and Grants were all good and substantiated why they are so well regarded. The High Commissioner pleasantly surprised me and is worth an honourable mention.
    If you do not like really sweet whiskey blends like this will not be for you especially the JW Red Label, which is syrupy sweet, similarly if you like your tongue ripped out by massive peat or swamped by old woody sherry, this sort of whiskey will not interest you.

    Finally, there is definitely a place for Scotch whiskey blends or Irish Whiskey and as prices for daily drinkers increase, whiskey like this may come into focus with some people more and more

  5. lincolnimp scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    The nose on this is quite different to the 7 blends that preceded this one.
    There is quite a lot going on, breakfast marmalade, toasted brown bread, a slight nutty aroma, a little olive oil, very faint fresh pineapple and rice pudding, now that is something different.
    The flavours on the nose come through on the palate but there is more fruit on show and then a little cream, ginger cake, spice and a little sticky toffee note.
    There are no real issues with this one, nothing wrong with it for the price.

    This was the 8th of 12 in a H2H for blends under £20
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  6. Svjatogor scored this whisky 28 points Expert Senior

    easy blend, nothing much to say

  7. Dris scored this whisky 62 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      61 61
    • Taste
      66 66
    • Finish
      58 58

  8. Caballa scored this whisky 68 points Member Senior

    Good price-quality ratio. A mixture without complication.
    • Nose
      Sweet fruit with a touch of vanilla.
    • Taste
      Something spicy, fruity pear, orange, vanilla, a little caramel.
    • Finish
      Short and smooth, a touch of vanilla.

  9. Kilo1 scored this whisky 47 points Expert Junior

    It’s quite drinkable, a floral muffin flavor with caramel, but still a bit harsh.

  10. vmp scored this whisky 72 points Member Junior

    Quintessential cheap blend!.
    Some good flavours of sweet red apples, some vanilla and a touch of sherry.
    The let down arrives in the form of an alcoholic nip that gives away it's youth.


Add tasting tags by clicking the flavours you recognized in this whisky.


Whiskybase is founded in 2007 with the goal to create the biggest resource of whisky information in the world. A community driven website built by and for whisky enthusiasts.  

Whiskybase B.V. 
Zwaanshals 530 
3035 KS Rotterdam 
The Netherlands 

KVK: 52072819
VAT: NL850288836B01

Copyright © 2021

Forgot your password?