A marriage of fine peated malt from Islay and The Famous Grouse.
Black Grouse – Blended Scotch Whisky.
You will find all you need to know about the Grouse if you visit Glenturret Distillery on the outskirts of Crieff in Perthshire. This is where the Famous Grouse Experience is found and well worth a visit. (check out some other details on our Blend of the Month section)
We all sat down again with some high hopes especially when we noticed it was Islay where they got their peated malts from (you cant go wrong with an Islay).
Glasses and water jug to the ready we opened the box and took out the bottle , first disappointment, screw top not a cork. (maybe the Whisky Boys are too fussy)
Not an easy bottle to find, my usual supermarkets (asda,tesco,sommerfield,coop and morrisons) did not stock it. On a visit to the Whisky Shop in Princes Mall Edinburgh also did not have a bottle. (even though they had it advertised in there most recent Whiskeria magazine, Christmas 2008) I eventually found a bottle in Sainsbury’s Linlithgow. It is out there but you may have to look a little harder than normal.
Colour, we thought it was great a rich golden mahogany.
Without further delay we began.
Nose…Sweet peat and a woodiness, but with the addition of water a nose of laundered linen.
Taste…Slightly complex with a sweet peatiness and a hint of fruit.
Finish…Quite long but with no excitement.
Taste…Fruity on the front of the tongue with an explosion of smoke at the back.
Finish… Long aftertaste of Cavonia cough mixture.
Nose…Caramel and oak.
Taste…Smokey with spicy fruit, ( too many flavours )
Finish…Long, hot and strong.
Well that was interesting, we all like a wee Famous Grouse now and then, and we all really really really love all our Islay Malts, so what went wrong we were so disappointed in this little dram. Maybe we were expecting too much.
Of all our tastings so far this one was by far the most disappointing, this is not to say, as a blended malt with the Grouse added it was of poor taste and quality, it was not, but as a union of the Grouse and Islay malts we thought it did not work, we did expect greater things, that can be the Whisky Boys fault, if anyone out there has recently tasted the Black Grouse leave a comment tell us what your thoughts are, and don’t be shy tell it from hip.