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Sunday, November 22, 2015

The Famous Grouse 12 yo, Gold Reserve, 40 %

Review #210
This blended scotch features both Macallan and Highland Park. That sounds great, but let us see if the whisky can live up to those names. Some sweetness at first on the nose like caramel. Some coffee mixed with some rough notes like dirt and grass in the background. A malty touch as well.

The grain whiskies are more dominant in the taste. Very fresh at first and then it seems like the malts are taking over in the finish with the more rough notes. Like the smell, I get some dirt and malt notes, but I also get some bitter notes, which is a bit misplaced.

For a blend at only 40 % the finish is quite long and the malty touch makes it the best thing about this whisky. It is hard to describe exactly what it is, but I miss some complexity. I will give this 81/100 (20/20/21/20).

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