Rated 4 out of 5Â by thruthefoam Great everyday malt
This is a very good single malt. It has complexity and is well balance and it very accessible for the novice scotch drinker, but it also has enough layers for the enthusiast. The price point is excellent, and I understand that this brand is bottled exclusively for TW, which explains its quality as well as its price. The only criticism - which may be a plus to others - is its lack of much smoke, which I have personally come to appreciate. This is a great scotch to have on hand.
January 3, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5Â by Scotchman For a few bucks more you can get so much more
I concur with some of the other reviewers that this is a bit overrated. Someone said it lacks complexity and I couldn't agree more. About all I could taste was the spice - there were no subtle hints of anything else especially a sweetness. I did find this one to be a bit harsh - it's still in the smooth family but on the harsher side compared to others - a higher alcohol burn. This isn't smokey or peaty which is a plus in my book.
Overall it's not a "bad" Scotch and if you're cost conscious the price is appealing. But if taste is your driving force there are better options out this for just a little more. I would recommend for about 10 or so dollars more, try The Dalmore 12 or The Balvenie 12 Doublewood which are much smoother with much more flavor.
January 2, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5Â by Captain0311 UNDERWHELMED
I was recommended to try this scotch and was very unhappy after hearing such high remarks. Like some other reviewers have said, this scotch is very bland and lacks complexity. I would honestly like to know what people have been drinking that rate this so highly. Of course the price point of this scotch makes it very affordable, but I definitely think there are much better scotches around a similar price point that offer much more overall character.
November 27, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5Â by Anon Reviews are overrated
I'll have to agree with the "vastly overrated" review below. That review hit all the points correctly. I will finish and bottle and probably enjoy it, so it gets 3 stars.
It's not a bad dram, merely ordinary. It is similar to the Shieldaig 12. Not sure how it keeps getting recommended, by the employees at Total Wine and even other customers in the Scotch aisle. At the current price point of the Grangestone, I'd probably go with a Macallan 12 or Highland Park 12 instead.
If the Grangestone WAS my favorite, I'd probably look at a blended scotch like a Dewars (which I also like) to save some money.
October 27, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by nevadawin UNDER RATED
A bottle of 12 year-old was given to me for Christmas in 2010. I was instantly enamored, but was unable to locate any until April of 2012,, which I found at Total Wine in Reno. I set aside their last two cases and drove from northern California to get it.
There's nothing more enjoyable than good scotch. You sip it and savor it. You keep it for a special night. I've had everything from Chivas to Glenfidich to Glen Levet to Dewars best and choose the smooth taste of Gragestone above them all.
October 4, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by MartyMan45 First bottle but not the last
My wife picked this up for me and it was a pleasant surprise.. I am new to drinking Scotch but this was a great find.
September 28, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5Â by anonymous Vastly Overated
I picked up a bottle based on the high ratings here. What I found was a very bland and ordinary scotch with a weak nose, uncomplicated palate and short finish. Very disappointing and will not buy again.
August 26, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Jim5150 A well balanced Highland Scotch
Highland scotches tend to be a little bit of everyting and this on is no exception. A little smoky, a little sweet, with hints of oak and sherry. All with a nice balance reminiscent of Highland Park 12 Year Old, only a bit smoother. Not the most complex scotch I've ever had, but far better than anything in its price range, and better than most 12 year old scotches in general. I would gladly pay twice the price for a single malt of this quality. But at it's current price, I compensate and buy two bottles.
July 17, 2013