The Famous Grouse is truly a family endeavor. Matthew Gloag from Perth, Scotland started a wine merchanting business in the mid 1800’s. By 1860, his son William began making blended whiskies. Thirty-six years later, his nephew Matthew took over the reins of the company. He was the one who created the blend known as The Grouse Brand. Less than ten years later, it was a best seller and renamed The Famous Grouse. Matthew’s daughter Phillippa designed the iconic label featuring the Red Grouse, the national game bird of Scotland.
The single malts used in the blend include Highland Park and The Macallan.
The Famous Grouse Blended Scotch Whisky (80 proof)
Nose: Slightly smoky malt with a nice balance of wood spice. Light, approachable and friendly.
Taste: Very mellow and smooth with more of the malt character coming out than any wood. Some vanilla, but not too sweet; some pepper, but not too spicy. Everything here is in total balance making this a top blended scotch for use in those tricky Scotch based cocktails.
Finish: Medium long with some darker tones coming in towards the end. A final show of elegance and richness.
Overall: A fantastic Scotch whisky that every bar should have on hand. Great for shots, served neat in a snifter, on the rocks, or in a cocktail. I highly recommend Famous Grouse for the Blood & Sand, especially.
GSN Rating: A+
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