So I thought "what the Hell" and gave it a go. Sad to say, this is the second Scotch I've tasted that I didn't like. The first was that awful Glenrothes Select Reserve which had this bitterness to it. The Famous Grouse 12yrs however suffered from the opposite problem-sickly sweetness. I noticed too that the color was quite noticeably dark.
So a couple of questions. Is The Famous Grouse 12yrs a vatted malt? Does anyone know what the constituents of it are ? (apart from the mentioned Macallan and Highland Park). Is this Scotch heavily colored? I was also wondering whether the coloring content is significantly contributing to the overall sweetnes?
I would especially welcome other people's opinion on this particular Scotch if they've sampled it.
Collector57 wrote:Caramel colouring would add bitterness not sweetness, blacksabb
Oops! I didn't know that. I just think "caramel"-you know. Caramel as in sweet. That's why you're around here Nick to correct ignoramuses like me.
I've also tried the Famous Grouse 18 and 30 year old vatted malts, the standard blend and the Black Grouse blend with Islay malt. I think they are all wonderful and the 30 year old is unreal. It also costs a third of what most other Scotches, including blends, cost at that age. Too bad you didn't enjoy the 12 year old. It's a pity they don't sell it in Ontario anymore.
I finished the entire bottle in about 4 nights.
D*amn, that was some of the best scotch I've ever had. NO BURN at all, totally smooth and warming. Freakin' delicious stuff.
I'd buy another one but there are so many other expressions calling my name...not the least of which is TFG 15 year.
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