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This is my third bottle of black grouse. I sometimes crave a smoke filled whisky and when I can't afford a malt these peated blends do the job quite well. It's obviously going after a slice of the JW black pie and it goes about it magnificently. It's very close to the JW, perhaps with a little less finesse and smoothness in the blend. Not necessarily a bad thing though, the slightly rougher nature gives it more punch and attitude. The bottle's label looks shit though. Just needs a classy bottle to make it a classic.
Nose - The Famous Grouse base is there in toffee sauce and barley. Sweet but old like an old empty tobacco tin, leather backed up by some peat but its in the background. Palate - Famous Grouse base dominates at first but then you get chocolate and cream mixed with orange that turns to smoke. slightly fizzy. Finish - Big peat finish but not overpowering. well married with malt. Ends strong with stale ale (still good) wood and leather, slightly bitter.
Really great stuff, it tastes old but the famous grouse toffee gives its age away. Love it.