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A smokier expression of already rather smoky Black Grouse, the Black Grouse Alpha has more yummy peated malt in its blend. Rich with plenty of sherried notes and brilliantly warming. A noble-looking black grouse, or Tetrao tetrix, adorns the bottle, and no, that's not where a certain block stacking game got its name from.
Nose: Orange peels, dark chocolate and thick, sugary treacle with a hearty dose of peat smoke.
Palate: Peat crackles on through the palate, earthy and rich. Salted butter and sweet vanilla.
Finish: Smoky and drying.
Overall: Peat fans should be rather happy with this.
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Given one as a duty free gift; was expecting to be unimpressed but how wrong: wonderful
26th November 2016
Have enjoyed this famous brand of Scotch for 45 years. Normally the original Grouse, have also had the 12 year old, but now The Black Grouse is the best ever, having purchased two bottles D/F on one of my many trips to Asia from Australia.C.G.BradfordPerth, W.A.
30th July 2016
Ok so mainly a malt snob, but on the strength of a miniature bottle of black grouse, I bought a bottle of alpha (well that and waitrose had it on sale for £33). so it not really fair to compare with malts, but I would choose this over many a malt within the same price range.Taste is excellent, surprisingly well rounded and quite complex. Lacking the finish of good malt but when remembering it's a bend- fantastic. Defiantly some quality islay malts have gone into this stuff. Whilst the srd black grouse defiantly does has some caol ila. This has more depth and less bite that it's non alpha sibling. An absolute step up and certainly the master with the range of grouse. Forget any preconceptions you may have, no doubt gained from previous experiences with the regular grouse- which I would add coke and ice to!I have presented this to friends in blind tasting and then told them its grouse- smiling at their disbelief. As a young lad: grouse was the whisky us beaters and keepers got given on hill by the laird- I could not seem him give this stuff so freely! As a blend I would recommend, very drinkable, even for a malt snob!
30th April 2016
For a blended whiskey, this is complex and well rounded. It's smoky and rich, but much smoother than a Tallisker Storm. I prefer it to the Storm (although not the Dark Storm), Caol Ila 12 and even the Lagvaughlin 16yo.Well worth the cheap purchase price, if you're shopping travel retail.
26th March 2016
A great whisky, strong and smokey, with a lot going on when it comes to flavour. A favourite of mine.
17th April 2015