Posted by Arctic Wolf on February 15, 2014
The Famous Grouse Blended Scotch Whisky has a history in Scotland reaching back in time to 1896 when Wine Merchants, Matthew Gloag and Son, first blended their Grouse Whisky. Over the next nine years, the whisky became so popular that Matthew Gloag decided to add the word ‘famous’ to the name in 1905. Over the next century it would become one of the most popular brands of whisky in Scotland. Although the home of famous Grouse is the Glenturret Distillery, according to The Famous Grouse Website, the Famous Grouse Whisky is a blend which contains premium single malts such as The Macallan and Highland Park.
The Black Grouse is an offshoot of its popular cousin which begins where The Famous Grouse ends. The whisky is the result of a further blending of the Famous Grouse Whisky with Islay Malt Whiskies. The resulting whisky has a peated flavour profile with a reportedly dark smoky character.
It has been about four years since I examined each of these blended whiskies, and recently I had a chance to sample each blend side by side as I was gifted a bottle of each this past Christmas. I took advantage of this opportunity to revisit each of my previous reviews tweaking the tasting notes and the scores (neither changed significantly).
Here are the links to each of the revised reviews:
Note: The astute reader will notice that the suggested cocktails for each have been tweaked as well!
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Posted by Arctic Wolf on October 7, 2010
The Black Grouse Blended Scotch Whisky is relatively new whisky from the makers of The Famous Grouse. The company has a history in Scotland reaching back in time to 1896 when Wine Merchants, Matthew Gloag and Son, first blended what they called their ‘Grouse’ Whisky. Over the next century The Famous Grouse would become one of the most popular brands of whisky in Scotland.
The Black Grouse is an offshoot of its popular cousin, The Famous Grouse, which is a blended whisky containing premium Single malts such as The Macallan and Highland Park. These single malts (as well as others in the blend) are married with a selection of fine grain whiskies in fully seasoned oak casks. The Black Grouse begins where The Famous Grouse ends, and is the result of a further blending of the Famous Grouse Whisky with Islay Malt Whiskies. The resulting whisky has a peated flavour profile with a reportedly dark smoky character.
As a side note, The Black Grouse, Tetrao tetrix, is a rare relative of Scotland’s national game bird, the Red Grouse. When the new blend was launched, The Famous Grouse made a commitment to preserve this rare game bird by donating 50 pence from each bottle sold to the conservation efforts of The Black Grouse habitat.
This information is expanded upon on The Black Grouse Website.
Here is an excerpt from my review:
“…The initial impression in my mouth is of beguiling sweetness coupled with a ribbon of soft smoke and organic peat. As I noted earlier, the peat and smoke are gentle rather than forceful. The sweetness manifests itself as a honeyed caramel. The smoke shows evidence of a sherry influence with dried fruit (raisins and prunes) and soft pops of cherries. The peat seems organic coming across as soft and chewy with a distinctive boggy taste…”
You may read the full review here:
As well two of my three suggested cocktails for this whisky have been placed in my recipe section, The Rusty Nail and The Black Cove.
Enjoy the review everyone!
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