William Grant & Sons Limited Ghosted Reserve

Overall rating
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Rare Cask Reserves
Stated Age
21 years old
Number of bottles
42.8 % Vol.
700 ml
Selected Release No. 2
Added on
28 Jun 2016 1:49 pm by John Barleycorn

Average value

€ 137.45

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17 × member ratings

31 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for William Grant & Sons Limited Ghosted Reserve

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.21 points

  1. Teuchter did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    @Thermidor. The dates on the bottle are the years that the distilleries closed and not the year the whisky was distilled. 

  2. Thermidor did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    As far as I know (based on asking this very question from the helpful staff of The Whisky Exchange), all components in a blend, including the grain, should match or exceed the age statement on the label. How is it possible that this bottle of "21" yo whisky contains grain from 2002? Was this bottled in 2023 and brought back through time?

  3. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    I had this in 2015 and found it most agreeable, score: 85. Aside from the history, it’s always worth re-trying the ‘Ghosted Reserves’ series because they come in batches - this being #2. So far i haven’t noticed any significant batch variations with the 21yo or the 26yo. I am still in awe at what’s in the bottle even if the grain ratio is rather high in content, yet also in quality. Currently around £100 [Apr ’17].
    N: First up is the fruit varnish, emulsion, cedar and linseed - all seeming to come from the elegant and convivial Dumbarton. Lime cubes detected just before my first sip.
    T: Bourbon notes abound, the Dumbarton driving, the malt assisting. This really works.
    F: Vanilla! We are firmly back to modern, wood-driven environment with plenty of active oak vanillin, skimmed milk, some key lime pie,... and plenty of straight corn whisky.
    C: You could think of this as Scottish bourbon given much of this is corn [maize] aged in corn [bourbon] barrels. The most un-blend blend of the night and the most contemporary yet made from some of the oldest whisky from closed distilleries. Blog.

    Scores a B-

  4. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    I still pinch myself when I read the contents inside this bottle: Ladyburn, Inverleven & Dumbarton.
    N: Although unknown to us mere mortals, ratios wise there's significant grain here [70%?] - young, oily Dumbarton grain but with nutty/linseed shades and porridge/malt on opening.
    T: Soft lemonade grain, soft porridge/putty and a touch of mushroom citrus.
    F: Vanillas now, again the grain does most of the talking.
    C: This is decent gear with precious drops of history, albeit coveted by the grain. 

    Scores a B-

  5. John Barleycorn scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  6. John Barleycorn scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    A blend from three silent Lowland distilleries

    Ladyburn closed 1975Inverleven closed 1992Dumbarton closed 2002


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