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Coming to the outlets near me for $33.50 CDN for 750 mL bottle.

Any thots on it's taste considering it's a low price around here?  I'm a big
Famous Grouse lover.



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The Henchman wrote:
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Hi Henchman.
It is described as "a unique blend of The Famous Grouse mixed with Islay
malts to create a rich smoky, peaty taste."

I'm a big Islay fan so really enjoyed it when I bought a bottle; it's
not so 'in your face' as a straight Islay though.

You can read a bout it here:

http://www.talkingretail.com/products/drinks-news/9796-famous-grouse-launches-black-grouse-whisky-in-uk.html
or

http://tinyurl.com/ndqcjz
Jeff
NE England

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Thanks for the reading but I've done plenty of reading on it.  Now I want
real opinions from you guys. I'm a Speyside guy, although I just bough my
first Islay, Ardbeg 10, but have yet to open it.   I want to build up to it
so I'm chicken to Islay(s)

Funny that I'm a big Famous Grouse fan but did not enjoy Famous Grouse
12.year.  Can you describe the taste of Black Grouse to me?   I've ordered 3
bottles but they are not available until October 7th for me.  I'm buying
these for myself and the price is really low so I'm not expecting much.  Is
this a good learning expierence to build courage to have a single malt Islay
one day?   Will the flavour of  Famouse Grouse carry thru and comfort me on
those cold winter nights in this blend?  is this Black Grouse blend a good
marriage?

Also Jim, can you recommend any single malt islays that have a complex taste
that might cut down the peat bite.  I want lots of flavours in a single
malt.  Looking to build a collection of fine Scotch and will need a couple
of more bottles of Islay(s).  I have to watch price though.  What will
satisfy a poor Canuck like myself?



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Somewhere on teh intarwebs The Henchman wrote:
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It was Black Grouse that started me drinking Islays. IMO BG is twice the
drink that FG is. FG tastes harsh and woody to me now, I won't even buy it
since trying BG. If I were you I'd make that three-bottle order of BG into a
case order.....

Describe the taste? Mate, I used to be on a wine-tasting panel for the NZ
government back in the 1970's which decided what wines the govt. would
actively promote overseas to grow our [then] fledgling wine market.
Describing the taste of a whisky (or wine) is a bit like dancing about
architecture. Very subjective and imprecise (unless you're seated together,
tasting together). However I'd say that it's less woody and astringent than
FG with a rounded hint of peat and a slightly more powerful note of smoke.
It's by far my favourite blended whisky to drink neat. (Still nothing like
the kick in the balls [in a nice way] that you get from an Ardbeg 10.)

Slainte
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Shaun.

"Give a man a fire and he's warm for the day. But set fire to him and he's
warm for the rest of his life." Terry Pratchet, 'Jingo'.

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On 23/09/2009 12:35, ~misfit~ wrote:
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Try Bunnahabhain it's the nearest to a mainland whisky,it's not very
smokey or peaty but very good.Caol ila also may be a good start.
               Drew

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If its anb Islay you want with a little peat but not too much, then
Bruichladdich Waves might be what you are looking for. That is, if you
can get it in your part of the world. Bruichladdich make many fine
whiskies. The "Waves" expression is not too expensive and its only
moderately peated. If you can find it and afford it, then
Bruichladdich Infinity is a wonderfull dram at cask strength. But you
would hardly know it was cask strength its so drinkable. Its medium
peated, but finished in refill sherry casks which balance it out a
bit.
If you dont like peat at all, then maybe you should try one of
Bruichladdich's non peated whiskies like "Rocks" . Bruichladdich Rocks
is very affordable and is finished in Grenache caske giving it a taste
of "esters" fruitiness. Its a young dram, but it compares well to many
older drams.

Repsectfully,
Jock

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Somewhere on teh intarwebs Jacues Loofjes wrote:
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Great advice as always Jock, thanks for sharing. I always learn a lot from
your posts and archive them. :-)
--
Shaun.

"Give a man a fire and he's warm for the day. But set fire to him and he's
warm for the rest of his life." Terry Pratchet, 'Jingo'.

If there is a 'd' missing anywhere in my post it's likely due to my laptop's
keyboard 'd' key currently needing to be hit harder than the other keys.



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