Tuesday, October 05, 2010
Day 278 Drink: The Black Grouse
In 1896, Perthshire grocer and wine merchant Matthew Gloag created a blended whisky. This was common practice among shopkeepers at the time around the United Kingdom. He decided to name his whisky after an iconic Scottish bird, rather than himself. The Famous Grouse Brand was born.
The Black Grouse is a new brand extension from the distillery. It was originally release a couple of years ago exclusively through duty free shops at major international airports. The Scotch is a medium golden color and has a rich peat nose. The flavor has solid smoke content, reminiscent of Islay malts, that lingers and becomes a mellow reminder of a good dram. There are some hints of berry and perhaps a bit of port in the background.