Black Grouse // Scotland
If you hadn't guessed by the name, this is a peated blended whisky brought to us by the fine folks that produce The Famous Grouse. The malty component has been supplemented by peated whisky from Islay and is still as rich and full bodied as its Famous brother. While this may not win over the peaty single malt devotees, it puts up a good fight with the other peaty blends out there.
Peated BlendA mix of grains and malted barley. From more than one distillery. Dried with peat.
"There is a sweet, smoky style to the aroma with less of a medicinal tone to the peat smoke. The fruits are more on the stone and orchard fruit side while the malt component comes in loud and clear. The sweetness and the smoke are pretty equal throughout the dram, but in the end, the smoke wins by a nose."