Scotch - Single Malt

Grangestone Islay Blended Malt Scotch Whisky

From: Scotland Liquor Review Category: Single Malt Scotch

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Tier 2
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San Francisco World Spirits Competition

  • 2016

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Proof66 Notes

The Grangestone line of scotch is an independent label of different single malts and blends selected for the line. The Grangestone Islay Blend is a "vatted" or "blended" malt in that all the whisky is malt whisky but from different distilleries (hence, not a "single" or single distillery malt). Islay suggests a heavy, peat-reek flavor signature in the heavier scotch.

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This bottle has 1 rating and 1 review.
cgtboy1988 cgtboy1988 (119)
Rating: 3.4 (2016-12-03)
It looks like Total Wine has 3 generic offerings in the Islay category: this, Shieldaig, and Hamilton. In brief, Hamilton is worthless. Shieldaig is not bad- it takes a bit after the Laphroaig taste and is a good offering for the price (but it does fall short of the real deal). This Grangestone bottling, by contrast, is a bit more sweet than the Shieldaig and is more of a budget offering of the Lagavulin taste. Again, it falls short of the real deal, but I got this bottle for $20 and for that price it is a good deal. Besides the sweetness, this bottle has a pleasant amount of smoke. Not super complicated on the flavors- the medicinal, salty iodine flavor is not as present here as in other Islays. While this is not my go-to for a nice sipper, I think it will do well as an introduction Islay for the uninitiated, and if I ever needed a cheap round or a mixing Islay this and the Shieldaig would do well with their potent yet uncomplicated flavors.
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