The Famous Grouse Bourbon Cask
  • Category Scotch
  • Country Scotland
  • Distillery Famous Grouse
  • Style Blended Scotch Whisky
  • Alcohol 40%
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.
  • smoky
  • caramel
  • slightly sweet
  • creamy vanilla
  • grain
  • honey
  • toasted oak
  • toasted
  • biscuit

Famous Grouse

The Bourbon Cask (0.7l, 40%)
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Character Goatson
Classic The Famous Grouse blended Scotch married and finished in Bourbon casks.
 
The story of the Gloag Family goes back tot he early 1800s when Matthew Gloag had a grocery store in Perth, Scotland — importing wine and purchasing local Whiskies to resell. Two generations later, his grand-nephew — also named Matthew — took over the family business and blended a custom Scotch he called The Grouse. His daughter designed the now famous grouse label when they renamed the Whiskey “The Famous Grouse” in 1905. The brand was sold to Highland Distillers in 1970 who devoted production and marketing resources, building it up to one of the most popular Scotch Whiskies in the world by 1980 and receiving a Royal Warrant from the Queen in 1984. Today, The Famous Grouse sells more than 2 million cases per year across a tidy range of blended Scotch spirits.
 
Dare we say it? Famously… The Famous Grouse folks decided that finished Scotch Whiskies need not cost an arm and a leg. They have always been focused on quality, consistency, and value, but just last year they launched a new line of “affordable” cask-finished Scotches. The first out the door is The Famous Grouse Bourbon Cask. To be clear, The Famous Grouse is a blend of great Scotch Whiskies and some of them have been initially aged in Bourbon casks, and some not. What’s different here is that the core spirits have been married and finished for up to six months more in ex-Bourbon casks. And it makes a difference. That extra time in a first-fill casks deepens the flavor profile and really opens up the aromas. It’s The Famous Grouse — elevated.
 
 
Smartass corner:
Originally being called “The Grouse” created some marketing issues. To “grouse” also means to complain or grumble in many English-speaking countries. Changing to “The Famous Grouse” and putting a rendering of the actual bird on the label in 1905 made a big difference.
  • Category Scotch
  • Country Scotland
  • Distillery Famous Grouse
  • Style Blended Scotch Whisky
  • Alcohol 40%
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.
Appearance / Color
Antique Gold
 
Nose / Aroma / Smell
We instantly smell the signature biscuits and toasted grain, opening up to vanilla and corn.
 
Flavor / Taste / Palate
The taste opens with a bite of shortbread and lemon curd, with notes of toffee, toasted oak, and wild honey.
 
Finish 
Mid-length and mild with corn and clove.
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  • smoky
  • caramel
  • slightly sweet
  • creamy vanilla
  • grain
  • honey
  • toasted oak
  • toasted
  • biscuit
Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
90% of all Scotch Whiskies sold are Blends.
First-class Whiskies are taxed not only by the state but also by the angels. This refers to the 4% of Whisky that evaporates from the barrels every year, a phenomenon known as the angel’s share.
Categories of Scotch Whisky: Single malt, Blended malt (formerly called Vatted malt), blended, single grain and blended grain Scotch.
90% of all Scotch Whisky released in the market is a blend. That’s a hell of a lot.
Scotch Whisky is seldom aged in new barrels. Bourbon and Tennessee Whiskey casks are usually used for maturation. In addition to that, Whisky is often matured or finished in various wine casks such as Sherry or Port.
Beer and malt Whisky seem to have quite a bit in common. Both drinks begin with malted barley, which deliver the enzymes and sugars needed for fermentation when steeped in hot water. The two go their separate ways at the wash stage, where they're fermented or aged to become the adult beverages you know and love.
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Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
90% of all Scotch Whiskies sold are Blends.
First-class Whiskies are taxed not only by the state but also by the angels. This refers to the 4% of Whisky that evaporates from the barrels every year, a phenomenon known as the angel’s share.
Categories of Scotch Whisky: Single malt, Blended malt (formerly called Vatted malt), blended, single grain and blended grain Scotch.
90% of all Scotch Whisky released in the market is a blend. That’s a hell of a lot.
Scotch Whisky is seldom aged in new barrels. Bourbon and Tennessee Whiskey casks are usually used for maturation. In addition to that, Whisky is often matured or finished in various wine casks such as Sherry or Port.
Beer and malt Whisky seem to have quite a bit in common. Both drinks begin with malted barley, which deliver the enzymes and sugars needed for fermentation when steeped in hot water. The two go their separate ways at the wash stage, where they're fermented or aged to become the adult beverages you know and love.
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