- Whiskybase ID
- Matthew Gloag & Son Ltd. (MG&S)
- Bottling serie
- Blended Scotch Whisky
- 40.0 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Added on
- 28 Jun 2012 4:59 pm
9 × in wishlist
41 × member ratings
91 × in collection
Whisky Reviews for The Black Grouse Alpha Edition
7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 78.41 points
- Solid lightly smoky blend, but does not quite reach the quality of JW (Double) Black in my opinion. But hey, maybe there are batches where the situation is vice versa?!
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Edrington sold their Black Bottle to Burn Stewart in 2003. They created the Black Grouse as a replacement and went a step further in 2012 with this Black Grouse Alpha Edition. It contains even more peaty whisky than the Black Grouse.
While the peat is unmistakable and brings with it a hint of smoke – like a campfire that has just been doused – the emphasis of this nose is mostly on the dark and sweet notes. Candied oranges, Turkish Delight, candied sugar and origin chocolate. But it has to be said: it works. This is a fine nose!
It is soft and oily, rich in earthy notes, sweet peat smoke (much more than on the nose), salted caramel and vanilla. The candied oranges return, along with some bitter chocolate. Bright citrus notes appear midpalate, as if some drops of lemon juice were just dropped in the mix. The development of smoke is more than just pleasant.
The long, drying finish begins sweet and then becomes sooty. I love it.
- Had a taste of it at the Famous Grouse Experience. It was very nice, better than the usual Black Grouse, more heavy smokey flavors in it.
- Seriously bad blended whisky. Tastes like the usual grouse, but with a transient and unimpressive blanket of smoke