Matthew Gloag & Son Ltd. started the Famous Grouse production in 1897 and nowadays it’s been made by The Edrington Group. Named after the famous British moorland bird called red grouse (lagopus lagopus scoticus), which is Scotland’s national game bird.
“It has been the highest selling whisky in Scotland since 1980” says Wikipedia (3/13/2015).
Master of Malt says it contains whisky from Glenrothes, Macallan and Highland Park. After Highland Distillers purchased the brand in 1990, Glenturret distillery has been the home of “The Famous Grouse Experience”, award winning visitor attraction. Glenturret malt is being used in Black Grouse, though. Apart from the bad, grainy finish, there is some malt whisky influence in a good way. Still, The Famous Grouse is only a decent Scotch. Okay for a blended dram but I’d still go with the likes of Teacher’s or Black Grouse, for example.
This is more on the “household whisky” side. Better to use for cooking or night out partying. Like Mrs. Doubtfire, spicy firecracker. Something to keep in your kitchen cabinet.
Nose: Very light, yet crispy with floral notes. Hints of sweet toffee.
Taste: Barley along with spices and some caramel.
Finish: This is where it gets a bit rougher: caramel and spices in a watery, grainy sharp and quick finish.
Balance: Palate is decent, but not later until the usual sloppy grain blend finish reveals the level of this whisky.
Colour: Pale gold
Nose: 18 | Taste: 18 | Finish: 15 | Balance: 17
Overall score: 68
Distillery: Malts from Glenrothes, Macallan and Highland Park
Brand: Famous Grouse
Owner: The Edrington Group