A bird taking off from the snow covered landscape leaving a fine blended whisky for us to sip.
The Famous Grouse has been the most favourite blended whisky in Scotland for years and for a good reason. It is a delicate blended whisky.
In 2018 two releases in a new Cask Series of Famous Grouse hit the marked. First intended for the Marked in the UK but has grown to larger markets.
The Cask Series is the regular blend finished in different cask. The first was a Bourbon Cask finish and the Second release is this Ruby Cask.
When I opened the bottle for the first time and sipped, my thoughts was that the finish had not helped the “Original” and I set the bottle a side.
One day my wife served a whisky to me and it was pleasant with just a little of this characteristic sent of a blended whisky, the grains, but it was also mild, round, with notes of raisins a little hint of heather peated smoke.
It had been a longe time since I last have had a Highland Park 10 year old single malt and something reminded me of this. I knew I didn’t have the Highland Park 10 on my shelf so it couldn’t be this and the grain sent tricked me.
I took a sip and had a mild raisin tasting whisky in my mouth a very pleasant taste. Normally I would take a guess on what was in the glass, but this time I simply asked my wife and she answered; Famous Grouse.
This could not be true and I said she was joking. She just gave the bottle.
I was surprised, I admit. It tasted totally different from what I had tasted the first time. Of course it hadn’t changed but it had gotten a little air and my taste buds were in a different mood.
The port finish have made an impact on the whisky and I think the Ruby port suits it very well. More sweetness with dried fruits and vanilla than the original and lets hope Edrington keeps this one in the range.
A surpriser in the blended range.
𝘿𝙞𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙡𝙡𝙚𝙧𝙮: Multiple (The Famous Grouse)
𝘽𝙡𝙚𝙣𝙙𝙚𝙙 𝙗𝙮: Matthew Gloag & Son Ltd – Owned by The Edrington Group
𝙉𝙖𝙢𝙚: The Famous Grouse Ruby Cask
𝙎𝙚𝙧𝙞𝙚𝙨: Cask Series
𝘼𝙡𝙘 %: 40
𝘾𝙖𝙨𝙠𝙨: Finished in Port wine seasoned casks
𝙉𝙖𝙩𝙪𝙧𝙖𝙡 𝙘𝙤𝙡𝙤𝙪𝙧: No
𝙍𝙚𝙡𝙚𝙖𝙨𝙚𝙙: 2018 (June I think)
🅼🆈 🆃🅰🆂🆃🅸🅽🅶 🅽🅾🆃🅴🆂
👃: Mild raisins, a light hint of heather peat smoke, vanilla
👄: A fine mouth feel, pear, raisin, a little ginger, dried fruits, vanilla
😋: Short finish but still has the fruity vanilla touch
𝙄 𝙬𝙞𝙡𝙡 𝙜𝙞𝙫𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙬𝙝𝙞𝙨𝙠𝙮: 🥃🥃🥃🥃 (4/6)
🅼🆈 🆁🅰🆃🅸🅽🅶 🆂🆈🆂🆃🅴🅼
🥃🥃🥃🥃🥃🥃 – 𝙀𝙭𝙩𝙧𝙖𝙤𝙧𝙙𝙞𝙣𝙖𝙧𝙮 𝙬𝙝𝙞𝙨𝙠𝙮 – 𝙙𝙚𝙛𝙞𝙣𝙞𝙩𝙚𝙡𝙮 𝙖 𝙠𝙚𝙚𝙥𝙚𝙧
🥃🥃🥃🥃🥃 – 𝘼 𝙗𝙚𝙖𝙪𝙩𝙞𝙛𝙪𝙡 𝙬𝙝𝙞𝙨𝙠𝙮 – 𝙊𝙣𝙚 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙨𝙝𝙚𝙡𝙛
🥃🥃🥃🥃 – 𝙂𝙤𝙤𝙙 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙄 𝙙𝙤𝙣’𝙩 𝙝𝙖𝙫𝙚 𝙩𝙤 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙠 – 𝙈𝙮 𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙮𝙙𝙖𝙮 𝙙𝙧𝙖𝙢 𝙢𝙖𝙮𝙗𝙚
🥃🥃🥃 – 𝙉𝙤𝙩 𝙗𝙖𝙙 – 𝙄’𝙡𝙡 𝙙𝙤 𝙞𝙩 𝙖𝙜𝙖𝙞𝙣 𝙨𝙤𝙢𝙚 𝙙𝙖𝙮
🥃🥃 – 𝙄𝙩 𝙬𝙖𝙨 𝙛𝙪𝙣 𝙩𝙖𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙜, 𝙗𝙪𝙩 𝙄 𝙢𝙞𝙜𝙝𝙩 𝙣𝙤𝙩 𝙙𝙤 𝙞𝙩 𝙖𝙜𝙖𝙞𝙣
🥃 – 𝙇𝙚𝙩’𝙨 𝙟𝙪𝙨𝙩 𝙨𝙖𝙮 𝙄 𝙝𝙖𝙫𝙚 𝙩𝙧𝙞𝙚𝙙 𝙞𝙩