The Famous Grouse 12 Year Old Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
Tasting note: Malts from the Highland Park & Macallan Distilleries make up this vatting - a bargain given the pedigree. Stunning colour. Brilliant deep burnished gold with a pale straw hue. Alluring aromas offer a harmonious mélange of fruit, malt, smoke and spice: Orange rind, dried coconut, potpourri, hay and manuka honey are seamlessly interwoven with the softest whiff of smoke. Firm, spicy, powerful entry yields off dry flavours of dried fruits, sweet cereals and honey with a delicate smokiness. A drying, woody, spicy attack then kicks in delivering terrific palate length and perfectly counterpointing the sweeter notes. Excellent balance. Spicy, warming mouthfeel. Very long aftertaste of dried apricot, spice and cereals turning dry sherry-like with a nutty fade. A triumphant union of two of Scotland’s brightest whisky stars. 40% Alc./Vol.
Other Reviews...Lovely balance on the nose and palate. Soft and gently textured, too. The sweetness of the whisky (honey, fruit gum drops, and malty vanilla), dovetail nicely with light, bright citrus and teasing dried spices. Heather/floral notes enhance the whisky’s complexity. Clean, delicately polished oak finish. A very versatile, inexpensive, easy-drinking whisky. 86 points - maltadvocate.com
...The aroma includes scents of toffee and raisin/cinnamon bread; baked apple crisp, toasted cereal, roasted almonds, and nougat. The palate entry is full of raisiny and orange rind-like tastes; the midpalate is filled with tastes of spice, sweet cereal. (4/1/2006) - 90-95 points. Superb/Highly Recommended - wineenthusiast.com