It’s always been my opinion to never have someone that knows little about wine select wine as a gift for someone that does. I know this from experience….and I have more than one White Zinfandel as proof.
However, I broke my own rule when I asked a beloved family member to gift my husband a single malt scotch whisky. She knew little about the spirit other than that we were fans. But, armed with a knowledgeable whisky attendant at a local Total Wine store, she learned a few things (like who in their right mind would want to drink something with strong aromas of peat moss?) and we scored this one:
Grangestone 18 Year Old Single Malt (Eve’s tasting notes)
Color: A rich 24 karat gold.
Aroma: Butterscotch pudding, rum, vanilla bean, pine, caramel and coconut.
Flavor: Charred marshmallow, butterscotch, Smokehouse almonds and cigar. (tasted with water).
Finish: Medium burn, long length ending in both a slight buttery sweetness.
Conclusion: Wholly pleasant from start to finish. 91 Eve pts.
Grangestone 18 Year Old Single Malt (website)
Grangestone 18 Year Old Single Malt is a selection of the finest Single Malt Scotch Whiskies have lain undisturbed for a minimum 18 years before our malt master carefully selects them for this rare and sublime Grangestone Blended Malt Scotch Whisky bottling.
Grangestone 18 Year Old Single Malt is from one of one of the most distinguished distilleries in the famous Highland’s of Scotland, this Single Malt Scotch Whisky has lain undisturbed for minimum 18 years in hand prepared oak casks.
This Single Malt Scotch Whisky has a subtle, gentle nose with malt with floral notes which develop to rich vanilla toffee and oaky spice on the palate. The finish is long and lingering and beautifully sweet.
Aroma: Subtle and gentle with malt with floral notes.
Taste: Rich vanilla and toffee flavours balanced with an oaky spice and vanilla warmth.
Finish: Long and lingering and beautifully sweet.
SILVER MEDAL WINNER OF THE INTERNATIONAL WINE & SPIRITS COMPETITION 2013. SILVER MEDAL WINNER FOR THE INTERNATIONAL SPIRITS CHALLENGE 2013.
Eve Bushman has a Level Two Intermediate Certification from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust, a “certification in first globally-recognized course” as an American Wine Specialist ® from the North American Sommelier Association (NASA), was the subject of a 60-minute Wine Immersion video, authored “Wine Etiquette for Everyone” and has served as a judge for the Long Beach Grand Cru. You can email Eve@EveWine101.com to ask a question about wine or spirits.