By Father John Rayls
Grangestone Highland 12 Year Old Single Malt Whisky is produced by an independent bottler, reportedly by retailer Total Wine via their in-house operation, Spirits Direct. They certainly do love to push this particular purchase when you happen to ask about it. The sourcing, as is often the case with these things, is a mystery.
This whisky comes in a somewhat traditional bottle, with a truly attractive label which matches perfectly with the liquid’s dark golden/medium copper coloring. The whisky appears to be the exact same color in the glass, and that is very inviting. The legs are readily apparent and mark the glass for a lengthy period.
The nose is lightly floral, with fruity notes and some sweet vanilla and oak, and with no noticeable alcohol burn. It’s a medium nose that is easily picked up.
The whisky produces a wonderful mouthfeel, one that lightly covers the entire mouth with a slight syrupy feel, and yet it’s not oily. The flavor profile is subtle to moderate, with most action in the back of the mouth. The whisky provides flavors of berries, oak, sherry and some sweet vanilla as well. The finish is medium, but turns on some spice and delights the taste buds with some interesting baking spices.
This is a very easy drinking scotch that’s very enjoyable. It’s not real complex, although it does merit some focused attention, but overall is just simply enjoyable for an easy drinking experience. At 80 proof, there’s not much danger of over-consumption, and it is a very low peat experience.
I think this is a great Scotch to give as a gift. It looks impressive, and it has a very interesting flavor profile. At 80 proof, it’s easy for newbies and yet it provides a very interesting experience for long-time whisky consumers. I love finding an excellent “bottom-shelf” experience and this is one of them. I certainly would recommend drinking it neat initially. Don’t hesitate to put your hard earned dollars down on this surprising discovery.
If you are a financially challenged scotch drinker, this may be the one scotch whisky for you. It retails in the $35.00 range, and provides a substantial “bang for the buck” experience.