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The Black Grouse

Mild-mannered peat...

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@hunggarReview by @hunggar

18th Jan 2014

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The Famous Grouse is a well known and generally well-crafted blend. They have a good number of decent and affordable whiskies to their name. The Black Grouse is one of the better known and more widely available offerings. Personally, I consider this to be one of the brand’s best releases. It’s an unpretentious, affordable, and likeable blend if ever there was one.

Nose: Apples, oranges, toffee, dark caramel, strawberry licorice, and a hint of smoke.

Palate: Very smooth arrival. Peat, smoke, caramel, vanilla, and tobacco. The flavours are strong enough, but they don’t overwhelm the gentle quality of the whisky.

Finish: Caramel, soft pepper, big vanilla, roasted almonds, and peat, finishing on orange chocolate. Medium in length. Very smooth and soft.

This is pleasant. The overall character is sweet and smooth but there’s a good dose of peat here as well. I tend to toss this in with soda, but it can be enjoyed neat as well. Complex? No. Powerful? Not really. But it’s reasonably priced, straight-forward, and easy to like. A solid blend.

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2 comments

@vrudy6
vrudy6 commented

After reading your review, now I'm tempted. I never buy blends, but this one always grabs my attention. How would you compare it to Black Label.

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@hunggar
hunggar commented

Black Label is unquestionably better. Again, this one is more of a mixer. Sipped neat there's not much to it. But where I live it's $10 cheaper than Black Label. For what it is, I like it, but don't expect too much!

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