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- Brand: Naked Grouse
- ABV: 43%
I believe there have been many iterations of the product bearing this name but for the last few years it's been a Blended malt, finished in first-fill Oloroso cask, at 43% ABV (@RianC mentioned it is released at 40% ABV in the UK). It's an Edrington product, the contributing malts coming likely from Macallan, Highland Park, Glenrothes, Glenturret, maybe Glengoyne as well). I know there are older casks of Edrington stock that was blended at birth, being released by Indies, I don't know if this is the case for this product.
Nose: Dates, coffee/cocoa powder, oily, vanilla, coffee dipped ladyfinger biscuits. fruitcake.A touch of smoke & sulfur. With time there is some berries as well.
Palate: Canola oil, tobacco, sticky toffee pudding, chocolate malted balls sponge toffee, a little smoke & orange zest
Finish: Beer, dates, prunes, cake batter and orange zest and bitter pith, a little cardboard, cocoa, definitely get drying oak
Notes: An interesting dram, wasn't expecting much when I bought it but it's actually a pleasant little blend, outperforms some things in its price category and I can see this working well in some cocktails. The texture is a bit thin and it can be at times astringent. If you like sherried whisky and you want a budget sipper for anytime you could do a lot worse than this.
I am confused why you would call a product so heavily finished in Sherry casks "naked" but I clearly know nothing about marketing so...