|Region||United Kingdom, Scotland|
|Brand||The Famous Grouse|
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Naked Grouse Blended Whisky – Appearance: Deep amber Glow. Aroma: Black Cherries cocoa powder and oak wood. Taste: Sweet winey notes plums and a hint of cinnamon. Finish: Dark Chocolate lingering spiciness and medium sweet.
Naked Grouse Blended Whisky has been relaunched as a blended malt. Based around sherry-matured whiskies from Macallan and Highland Park, this is rich and enticing.
This is rather unusual. A relatively new whisky (Naked Grouse was first launched in 2011) is relaunched as a different type of whisky. Naked Grouse was previously a blended Scotch whisky, but is now changed into a blended malt. The grain component is removed, and I would assume the composition of single malts is also adjusted. The Naked Grouse Blended Malt was released around one year ago.
Amongst the main components of the Naked Grouse Blended Malt we find Glenturret, Macallan and Highland Park. The age is not given, but we do know is that it has been matured in 1st fill and refill American and European oak casks, and finished in 1st fill Oloroso sherry butts for six months.
Also the Naked Grouse will now be a brand apart from Famous Grouse. With time more expressions of Naked Grouse, possibly also with age statements, will be released.
Nose: White pepper, cinnamon and hints of smoke.
Taste: Medium body and quite rich. Spicy up front, with white pepper and cinnamon.
Finish: Medium long finish. Caramel and honey flavoured chocolate ensure a sweet and comforting landing.
Comment: Avery positive surprise. This is a whisky well worth trying for all you single malt fans out there. An impressive blended malt.