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04 Jan 2009

The Black Grouse

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: * Blends

black_grouse In Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2008, The Black Grouse was chosen as the best blend of the year. This recently introduced and peated version of The Famous Grouse was well received by critics. It’s true that only a few blends put peat and smoke in the spotlight.

 

The Black Grouse (40%, OB)

Powerful nose with lots of malt and cereal. Smoke is nearly absent. Fruitiness (apple, peach). A bit more smoke in the taste, but still very subtle. Oak wood with some fruity notes. Creamy delivery. Very sweet finish on brown sugar and citrus. Score: 75.

I’m not really impressed by this. The smoke is quite faint and is certainly not in the spotlight. Most of all, I miss the deep warmth that I associate with peated whiskies. A decent dram considering the price (around € 20), but in the end it’s still a small grouse, not a powerful black falcon.

The Black Grouse 2 Ruben Luyten 2009-01-04
  • http://www.onversneden.com Johan

    Knappe site! Tof dat je Onversneden vermeldt in je links. Ik ga onmiddelijk hetzelfde doen met jouw blog zie. Johan

  • http://www.visionR.be Ruben

    De link is graag gedaan, je blog is fijn om te lezen en bevat vooral regelmatig nieuwe content. Veel blogs starten enthousiast maar hebben na verloop van tijd andere dingen aan hun hoofd.

    Bedankt voor het compliment en de backlink!

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