Grouse come in a variety of species – just like their whisky counterparts.
The Red – or Famous Grouse – is the most common & biggest selling of the Matthew Gloag dynasty of blended Scotch.
Ptarmigan – or Snow Grouse – are quite a scarce bird to encounter – just like blended grain whisky.
Black Grouse are a bit more easy to find – & the species proudly adorns the bottle of Smoky Black Grouse Whisky.
Promising a heavier & peatier experience – Smoky Grouse delivers.
The smoke is rather subdued & very well balanced – it won’t blow you away – making for a very easy drinker with a touch of character.
While the Red Grouse is easily found in Ireland – Snow & Black Grouse are rarely encountered. Brexit is also causing problems with whisky imports/exports & could lead to higher prices.
It looks like the expansion of Grouse in Ireland could hit a rocky patch.