Saturday, March 3, 2012

Grant's Sherry Cask Whisky

Thanks to Emma Barnitt from Weber Shandwick for sending me a sample of the Grant's Sherry Cask Finish to sample.

New to the Australian market, Grant's have launched the Sherry Cask Finish in tandem with the Ale Cask Finish we reviewed a few days ago. The Ale and Sherry finishes are identically priced at $40, so it really is a matter of preference as to which whisky you prefer.

The Ale Cask offered something different with a flavour profile I haven't experienced before. The Sherry Cask therefore had a lot to live up to.

Sherry finishes are pretty prevalent these days. The whisky tasted as if it had only been lightly oaked and I would have preferred more spice to have come through. Perhaps they toned the oak down to make the blend more appealing for the mass market?

Just like the Ale Cask I thought it was quite smooth, which is impressive considering the price point. It would be a good whisky for those people who are new to Scotch or want to start branching out from their favourite blend. It's a comfortable easy drinker if not particularly exciting.

Grant's Sherry Cask
Region: Blend
Alcohol: 40%

Colour: Golden straw
(The ale and sherry casks are identicle in colour. I can only assume colouring is used to achieve this.)

Nose: Subtle oak / sherry cask, more earthy, hints of smoke, touch of sweetness?

Palate: Medium dry, spice from the oak but not as full as you'd expect, smooth & balanced

Finish: Medium in length, faded and then came back

Would I buy it again? In all honesty probably not. My money would be on the Ale Cask.

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