The Famous Grouse is one of the most popular whiskies in the UK and you can easily get hold of a bottle. I’m sure this is on offer all year round if you shop around at different supermarkets. I have a long history with The Famous Grouse and have always found it to be dependable, however it can be looked down upon by some. Don’t let that put you off.
Whisky: The Famous Grouse Blended Scotch Whisky, 40% vol.
Nose: Grain, vanilla and soft fruity aromas
Taste: Biscuits, grain, vanilla and creaminess. Fruity aromas do not translate to the palate – more on the sugary side. Light texture.
Finish: Short and light, flavours disappear quickly. I’m sure there is some smoke lingering there somewhere.
Summary: In contrast to the Johnnie Walker Red Label, this is an easy whisky to get into and ideal for beginners as the flavours are approachable. I find this good with water, ice or as a mixer. I can see this being a good base for cocktails. Because of the price and availability this bottom shelf blend gets my respect.
Scoring scale: My scores reflect a balance of the overall experience, availability and cost for a whisky,
1 – not to my preference
2 – tastes fine but does not excite me
3 – more to my liking and would revisit occasionally
4 – very much to my liking and would consider as a regular feature on my whisky shelf
5 – permanent feature on my whisky shelf
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