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Whisky Reviews for The Naked Grouse Blended Malt Scotch Whisky
12 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 81.55 points
After spending £400+ in two hours at the Old & Rare Show 2020, I hastily make my way to the Ivy to play & pay for some of the damage. Who would have thought that after 10 years as a resident pianist there, it would potentially be my last, due to the effects of our response to Covid-19! Adriano tests my whisky skills once again with another blind tasting, something I encourage him to do with frequency.
C: I guessed 40%, backed up using Charles Maclean’s ‘beading’ test. I guessed affordable [cheap] & available, and spotted the sherry maturation [finish) – with bourbon underlying. I guessed Scotch. Then I guessed single malt, my first error. I identified a decent enough robust nose and ok arrival, but weak travel and no finish to speak of. That should have told me it was a blend, knowledge I hope to retain for next time. Apparently, this is made up of Macallan & Highland Park amongst other components. It’s also very simple. Feels ideal for travel retail. In the UK, this is around 50% more expensive than Famous Grouse.
- After the Naked Grouse turned Blended Malt I was always on a lookout for the right opportunity to get one just to see if it was a recommendable entry level dram.
Finally, with about £30 left in my pockets I bought one at the airport's travel retail section in September '19.
And I must say I was quite underwhelmed when I tried it for the first couple of times. Some artificial "off" notes turned me off and I regretted my buy a bit. But today, after having sat and breathing for almost 3 months, it's gotten better alright - something I did not really expect form this 40% abv. nas whisky. Now it's the uncomplicated, but not too one-dimensional fun with noticeable sherry-cask influence I wished it to be in the first place. So, take your time with it and be rewarded. :-)
- Fragrance: open, sweet, raisins, vanilla pastries, custard, sweet yeast dough, palatable light salinity, a hint of bark, oak wood chips.
Taste: bright attack of hot spices, sweet-spicy, raisin cake, walnut, sweet coffee with milk, orange liquor.
Finish: medium length, dark raisins, coffee with milk, spicy nutmeg, slightly goes into bitterness.
Bottom line: very successful whiskey, excellent work of blenders, balanced, without youthfulness, cream and cream. By far the leader in its category of low-cost NAS blended molts. It seems like this is Highland Park and Makalan, but I somehow did not feel the influence of KP ...
- Remarkable value for money
The sherry is quite prominent
Soft and smooth as the sherry finish rolls in.
Medium length. Subtle hint of almonds coming through.
- Seriously good drink for that money.