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Grangestone Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky 21 Year old - "I like her but I could never fall in love with her"


I bought a bottle of this a day or so ago, and tried it tonight.  It was in my tight-wad range in price (about $50.00 U.S.) and I was hoping that it would be good enough to warrant that price as I know of several single malts in that range that are very good - but I was also aware that for a 21 year old to be in that range that it had to be a bit sub-par.   It is quite decent and I have just finished about three fingers of same and was not disappointed but at the same time I was not elated.  This review that I have picked up off the internet sums it up succinctly, to wit:

April 23, 2014
2 / 5
Very balanced and smooth, but not very interesting.
Sweetness, honey and dried fruit on both the nose and palate, giving way to green herbs and leather. Smooth and no surprises, a profile no doubt appealing to many. The finish was disappointing, taking time to develop, never distinguishing itself and dissipating quickly.
It's a decent scotch and value, especially for regular rum or bourbon drinkers trying scotch for the first time. I would not recommend or present it to a friend that knows good scotch.
I'm sure some would disagree but I find it lacking in any defining character, too generic and seemingly engineered for the masses.
I like her, but I could never fall in love with her.
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June 20, 2014
Could not agree more. I am surprised by all of the 5 star reviews. A friend and I blind taste tested several scotches and this one came in dead last."
This seems true enough but taste is always a hard thing to pin down - my take is that I did not waste my money and will enjoy it many a cold evening BUT it is far from the top - I rate it generously at a 76.  
NorvellHimself.

p.s.  the quoted review was a two star of five - some how the copy and paste screwed up.
        My rating of 76 would be a thee star +


 

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