I’ve already run through my predisposed feelings for blended scotches in my Chivas Regal review. Taking the empties back has renewed my interest in finding a more value oriented solution to my scotch needs. A buddy of mine introduced me to this blend a while ago and I was really impressed at the time. Time to take another crack at it.
And crack it open is what happens. Again with the screw top. Just seems cheap. Like I should be drinking it out of a paper bag. But, hey, if a cork is the only reason those other scotches cost twice as much, I’m fine with the twist top action.
The aroma is faint and sherry based. Checked the bottle, 40% alcohol, so it’s got the punch but doesn’t show it. Interesting. I was actually nervous taking the first sip. I’m really leery about “cheap” whiskies. If they’re inexpensive, they usually have a sickly sweet taste that’s retch inducing. But The Grouse came through. The sweetness is light and fruity. The aftertaste has a similarly light burn and hangs around a little longer than it should. But at $30 I’ll forgive that minor transgression.
So, no real character or challenge and a slightly cloying aftertaste. But, smooth and easy going and light on the wallet. I think I’ve found my daily drinker.
Bargain. 4 shots!