I am drinking the Black Grouse
and all I can say is wow!
For $31 in Canadian dollars you are getting good value for money. Nose
: pine needles and peat wafting upwardPalate
: the standard sherried FG flavour is there, but has been muted considerably by charcoal and peat flavours and some light pepper. Also in play is faint sea salt. Perfectly in balance, the peat has presence, but doesn't overwhelm the palate the way sherry does in the standard bottling.Finish
: Suprisingly, a long peat note with some pepper (not sharp, but lingering pepper).
When you are in the mood for an affordable blended scotch with some peat character, balance, smoothness, then this is your ticket. I obviously like this, but must say it is not something that I could drink a lot of at one sitting for some reason, unlike the standard bottling.