Type: Blended Scotch whisky
Grant’s has recently announced that it is “refreshing” its brand with the introduction of new packaging and a new name for its signature blend. The fresh faced Grant’s “Triple Wood” is one of the whiskies in the Grant’s line up to receive a new face lift.
Matured in three different cask types – Virgin Oak, American Oak and Refill Bourbon – Grant’s “Triple Wood”, at least on paper, sounds like it’ll be packed with vanilla and honey.
Holding a dram of the whisky to my nose, I’m pleasantly surprised with its complexity – vanilla and honey notes are both present, but so is soft malt, lovely clean grain and mixed fruit (mostly green pears and pineapple) with caramel, biscuit and beer-like fermented aromas. Despite this whisky’s name being “Triple Wood”, on the nose the wood plays second fiddle to the spirit.
In the mouth, the whisky’s wood influence plays a bigger role – in addition to the taste of malt and fruit (now mango) from the spirit, there is spice, vanilla and burnt caramel/toffee. Toasty notes then fade into a long finish of soft fruit (mango with green pear) and hints of smoke.
Overall, Grant’s Triple Wood struck me as an easy drinking whisky that melded some lovely clean and fruity spirit with nicely developed wood character, but the fermented, yeasty and beer-like “new-makey” notes lurking in the background signaled to my nose that there was some very young whisky in the blend. Whilst you seem to get what you pay for, at its price I think Grant’s Triple Wood still offers good value for someone looking for a daily dram or mixer.