Nose: tannins, gentle smoke, iron, sweet, honey, floral, heather
Palate: sweet, smoke, spicy, white pepper, fruity, berries, blueberries, honey, floral, heather
Finish: long, sweet, honey, smoky, dry
Conclusion: unexpected; /me likey. I think I find something of Laphroaig in this blend, not that that would matter in any way, but I just happen to like the scent and taste of it. I recon it would be a good alternative for your Black Bottle, Smokey Joe or Islay Mist blends. Good to have on stock, or to suggest to first time Islay drinkers. I am honestly impressed.
More info from the website: The Black Grouse (Tetrao tetrix) is a rare relative of Scotland’s national game bird, the Red Grouse. Similarly, The Black Grouse Blended Scotch Whisky, born out of a marriage of The Famous Grouse with Islay malt whiskies, is a breed apart. The smoky influence of the peated malts is balanced by the trademark smoothness of The Famous Grouse to create underlying hints of cocoa and spice. With a long, smoky, aromatic finish, it’s hardly surprising that The Black Grouse has been listed as The Best New Scotch Blended Whisky in Jim Murray’s 2008 Whisky Bible.
We work closely with the RSPB and money from every bottle sold of The Black Grouse is donated to them.