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Blended Scotch: Grant’s Discovery Collection

Family Reserve
The description says “Rich, complex and honeyed, with a touch of smoke” but what’s defined as smoke here is probably what I usually term bite. There’s a little too much of it for me when drunk straight up, though the strength of said bite is just about right with the addition of diet cola. It does still have that distinctly sour taste that I usually associate with blended scotch though. That said, this does have echoes of the flavour profile of Talisker now that I think about it.

Ale cask finish
From the description: “Expect crème brûlée creaminess, silky maltiness and fresh summer fruit.” And curiously enough, straight up, this was actually rather sweet, almost to the point where I would be inclined to drink it straight. With diet cola it made for a very mellow drink.

Sherry cask finish
“Warm spice, earthy sherry dryness and rich dried fruit” claimed the description. Even the scent of this didn’t work for me. I don’t like sherry in the first place so the finish on this was definitely too acerbic for my taste. Even with diet cola the sharpness of the sherry accent really didn’t make this the sort of thing I’d really enjoy.

Single Malt: Jura – The Collection

Original 10 Year Old
A lingering taste of warming gentle oak, notes of honey and caramel, soft liquorice and roasted coffee beans.
The scent really carries the honey and caramel notes thought the follow through in the aftertaste is distinctly coffee bean. With diet cola the caramel really shines through.

Tastes of spice, honey, pine and peat with a whisper of smoke make a dramatic impact.
Really spicy but not too rough in the bite afterwards. This is the sort of flavouring that I enjoy and I may have to see if I can get hold of a full size bottle of this sooner rather than later.

Diurach’s Own 16 Year Old
Dark chocolate combined with oranges and spices leave a sweet toffee and honey finish.
A deep chocolate scent and aftertaste with a definite toffee finish but, for my taste at least, a little too much orange flavour for me to really take to this one straight. With cola the orange flavour come to the surface and is surprisingly refreshing.


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