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Famous Grouse Blended Scotch Whisky

The Reason we drink single malt

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@MountrainReview by @Mountrain

5th Apr 2012

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The nose smells of oak and the smell of polished wood. A sweet underbelly of vanilla exists faintly.

I was stuck in a cheap bar for this one, reduced to trying a blend. I thought I would give it a go and not be a malt snob.

The taste was very much of wood vanish with an ever so slight hint of a better sweet malt trying to fight it's way through. I found it depressing compared to those blockbuster Single Scottish Malts I'm used too. Apart from that wood not much else the medium body of the whisky was it's best feature. It doesn't burn either, best had drowned in Ginger Ale me thinks.

I would call this the cheap Mcdonalds cheese burger of scotch whisky Nothing great about it but then again it's not terrible. But why settle for this when there is so much more exciting whiskies to be had. I'd expect something a little bit better from such a large brand.

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6 comments

@CognacFan
CognacFan commented

I have a bottle of The Black Grouse open and I must say I was expecting for more. Like you said there is so many nice malts to be had, but again I see it more like an education. Also, sometime when i'm tired and don't have the time or energy to enjoy my dram, I rather have a not so demanding blend.

10 years ago 0

@Mountrain
Mountrain commented

In those situations I'd have a VS cognac over a grouse my friend ;-)

10 years ago 0

@CognacFan
CognacFan commented

There you just might be right. Since not so long I guess I was a little bit of a snob. Lately a came to discover some nice VSOP. A pleasure to share. Cheers.

10 years ago 0

@talexander
talexander commented

I actually quite like the Black Grouse (I haven't had the regular Famous Grouse blend) - @Mountrain, I'd be curious what you thought of that as a comparison...

10 years ago 0

@Mountrain
Mountrain commented

I'm no Speyside expert so I imagine a more pricey grouse may be of a better standard. I also should have factored into the review that the bottle was only half full and had probably been collecting dust at the bar for quite a long time.

The Glenfiddich and Glenlivet have been at a good standard so I would probably lean towards those brands. However should the chance arrive at a Whisky tasting session I'll happily give the Black Grouse or the Naked Grouse a go.

10 years ago 0

@CognacFan
CognacFan commented

@talexander Coming back to the Black Grouse, it seem to have improved. More peat and smoke have develloped, more sweetness and less bitterness. It as open up nicely. This is why I try not to judge a bottle too quickly. I share your thoughts on this one. Cheers.

10 years ago 0

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