Nose: the first thing I notice is a whiff of smoke. This is no Islay Mist, but definitely something peaty in the mix. Then there is honey, marmalade, and a tangy, salty note. The more I think of it, this reminds me a bit of a smoked honey ham.
Taste: crisp and smoky-sweet. Light bodied with malty sweetness at the tip of the tongue and some sharpness at the back. Also a nice vanilla-citrus components to the taste. A typical blend profile with an extra degree of richness.
Finish: Slight lingering sherry tones and a touch of spice. Short.
Balance: been a few years since I've had a Grouse, so I wasn't expecting that smoky kick. Other than that, a pretty typical blended Scotch with a bit of everything in the flavour and aroma. The sherry finish doesn't stick out here but adds richness and complexity. Wasn't sure at first but in the end I like this one. Certainly more complex and robust than the silky Grant's Sherry Cask Finish, which I also liked.