I don’t like the new name but it comes as somewhat of a surprise to me that I’ve never reviewed this before because I know I’ve recommend this and I know I really enjoy it, so much so that it is one of the few whiskies I always replace like for like when I’ve ran out.
This used to be called Black Grouse which sounds better and is bottled at 40% and probably had colour and stuff but it’s FIFTEEN POUNDS for a bottle when on offer and it’s always on offer somewhere.
I first tried this when I was on holiday a few years back in Dunoon which is nice if you get the weather and it was roasting, I mainly had this with Ginger Beer and Ice but usually had a couple of drams as a nightcap late in the evening.
Nose. It’s cheap and cheerful, smoke and burnt rubber, a little earthy and cut grass, some sweet notes too, sugar coated puff rice things.
Palate. Smoke and wet cut peat, caramel and vanilla, there isn’t a huge amount going on but it doesn’t always have to be that way, sometimes whisky can be a bit more straight forward, if this is left in the glass for half an hour a few hints of chilli and white pepper come out too.
Finish. Smoke and Chilli keep the fire burning, but not for too long.
This is basically young Highland Park, Glenturret and Macallan with loads of Grain added to smooth out any rough edges, it makes for a simple yet effective sipping dram and great for cocktails.
I particularly like this ridiculous over the top image, ooooh it’s all mysterious, no it’s not, it’s Famous Grouse.