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Famous Grouse 18 Year Old

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Famous Grouse 18 Year Old

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Famous Grouse 18 Year Old

It seems like this has been discontinued in most of the world. Apparently that’s not the case here. Our bottle looks different than other 18 year Grouse bottles, and it’s still widely available in stores. We might be dealing with yet another “only in Taiwan” situation. We do get lucky, it seems. This is a lovely 18 year old blended malt at 43%.

Nose: Rich and fruity. Sour apples, apple vinegar, orange rind, wood, tree bark, caramel, Asian plums, cinnamon, allspice, anise, and brown sugar. The apple vinegar, Asian plum, and orange rind give this some sourness. Cool.

Palate: Rich, thick, and mouth-coating. Caramel, apples, apricots, cherries, banana bread, figs, raisins, sour dough bread, faint smoke, nutmeg, and unsweetened orange juice.

Finish: Medium in length, with a strong carry-through from the palate. Caramel, heather, gentle peat, banana bread, orange juice, dark chocolate, hazelnut coffee, butter, nutmeg, sour dough bread, Grand Marnier, and charcoal. A metallic note lingers.

Thoughts: I’m surprised by how good this is. Rich, textured, layered, and satisfying. Usually blended malts don’t have this much personality. There are some delicious sour notes of apples, sour dough bread, and orange juice that offset the sweetness. The banana bread and nutmeg flavours are also delightful. I do wish there was more clarity to the notes in the finish, and I don’t love the lingering metallic flavour, but these are minor quibbles. This is an excellent whisky. Better than its 15 year old brother. Better than even Walker Green, I’d say. Hell, this beats a lot single malts in its price range. Grab it if you can.


I've always been curious with this whisky knowing that it contains, for the most part, Highland Park 18 and Macallan 18. If you are also curious, better hurry and grab one, because its discontinued.

Nose: Sherry, honey butter, macadamias, fudge, raspberries and guava lingering in the background.

Palate: This is really good! Its not a sherry monster, however, the sherry is assertive. The honey shines through and lingers along with chocolate fudge with macadamias. There are some florals and lush tropical fruits like guava and papaya. A slight peat and smoke peeks ever so slightly.

Finish: a long, pleasant finish with a sweet chocolate fudge lingering.

This is a great blended single malt. I love the fact that the blend of the Highland park 18 with the Macallan 18 gives it a good balance and distinctive character. Unbelievable how such a good product can be discontinued.


Nose: Big Sherry. Very Macallan-esque with butter and toffee on top.

Palate: The palate is also influenced by sherry , dried fruit, and some malt and spice. It’s not very impressive, but nice.

Finish: Dried fruit and cocoa.

A nice daily dram, but not over complex, and for malts aged 18 years one would expect a little more.

Off to the Sheep dip 1990 , one whisky I was looking forward to trying. This lovely whisky contains malts from : Ardbeg, Dalmore and Fettercairn, which are then married for 10 years in first fill casks. What an interesting combination. And at last, some peat influence in our blended malts.

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