The Famous Grouse has decided to bare itself for a brand new release. The Naked Grouse is a ‘small-batch matured, craft whisky’ that is refreshing, in more ways than one.
For one, we can’t remember the last time we went to a launch of a blended whisky, so this came as a pleasant surprise.
The Naked Grouse is a no-age-statement expression that is bottled at 40% ABV. We were told by Edrington brand trainer Keith Nair that the base is made up of grain whiskies from northern England. The rest of it is made up of malt whiskies from four distilleries – The Macallan, Highland Park, Glenrothes and Glenturret. The blend is further matured in first-fill Sherry casks.
The first three should be familiar to most drinkers. The fourth distillery, Glenturret, is boldly marketed as the oldest working distillery in Scotland and official bottlings of its single malts are relatively rare – most of it goes into The Famous Grouse and now, The Naked Grouse.
In any case, we thought that is reminiscent of The Macallan 12, probably because of the strong Sherry influence. Pleasantly complex, with notes of raisins, cherries and plums on the nose and palate. An easy, everyday blend that is ideal to help ease you into your evenings. We also reckon that it is a great blend to introduce to new whisky drinkers.
Available now, at $88.50 before GST.
Official Tasting Notes
Exuding a deep amber glow, The Naked Grouse gives off the aroma of black cherries, cocoa powder and oak wood. With a sweet winey taste on the palate reminiscent of plums and hints of cinnamon, it finishes with a dark chocolate note, with a lingering, medium sweet spiciness and sublime smoothness