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Issue 122 Out Now

Whisky Magazine Issue 122

Is Craft an Expression of Skill, Aberlour, Flavoured Whiskies, Glen Grant

 

Famous Grouse

Brand
Famous Grouse
Type
Scotch Whisky ~ Blended
Abv
40.00%
Produced at
The Famous Grouse Experience
Website
www.famousgrouse.com
Availability
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Michael Jackson

Nose
Apricots. Sherry. Juicy fresh oak.
Palate
Calvados. Slight butter. Flowering currant. Crystallised ginger.
Finish
Faint suggestion of garden bonfires.
Comment
Creates the illusion of being massively more malty than it really is. Very good extraction of flavours from the wood seems to be the secret (or part of it). I am in awe of the dexterity of the blender, though the result is a little soft and sweet for my personal tastes.

Paul Pacult

Nose
The user-friendly bouquet offers delicate aromatic hints of fruit, very soft peat, and linseed oil. Quiet, calm, approachable.
Palate
On the palate, this easy blend travels the course from entry to throat in fine form, offering along the way uncomplicated flavours of moderately sweet grain, mild spice, and even a dash of oak. Medium-bodied.
Finish
Long, caramel-like, and as comforting as an old familiar friend.
Comment
Agreeable Saturday afternoon blend that doesn't feign profundity or complexity, it just gets down to the business of being a completely satisfying dram.
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