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Naked Grouse 70cl whisky. 20.99 at Amazon
Naked Grouse 70cl whisky. 20.99 at Amazon

Naked Grouse 70cl whisky. 20.99 at Amazon

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I'll admit this has been on my list to buy and try when I saw it at a good price. Today's price is the lowest ever according to CamelCamelCamel , so I guess now is my chance. This is listed in Ian Buxton's 101 whiskies to try before you die but others will give an opinion on its merits

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Not a bad price. I prefer single malts, but this apparently has a blend from Highland Park and Macallan....so you won't hear complaints from me! Definitely a considerable number of levels above Famous Grouse.

Nice find. was going to pic a bottle of jura up, might give this a go instead

Cracking whisky.

Blends seem to have a bad name these days with the emphasis on single malts. Blends when done right can be incredible and id say this is very close.

I didnt know it was based on Highland park and Macallan last time I sampled.

Going to order a bottle for holidays.

Never tried it but has good reviews, ordered.

callum84

Cracking whisky.Blends seem to have a bad name these days with the … Cracking whisky.Blends seem to have a bad name these days with the emphasis on single malts. Blends when done right can be incredible and id say this is very close.I didnt know it was based on Highland park and Macallan last time I sampled.Going to order a bottle for holidays.



Yes there are some stunning blended whiskeys, the problem is a little knowledge is dangerous and therefore people assume single malts are the consummate best that whisky provides which is in truth absolute nonsense.

If in doubt then I suggest the naysayers watch this classic whisky video for some education >

youtube.com/wat…pg4

Richard Paterson Master Blender, he's one smooth whisky drinker. I can literally imagine him saying "drinking whisky is like making love to a beautiful woman"

youtube.com/wat…qHY

Edited by: "fishmaster" 14th Dec 2016

fishmaster

Yes there are some stunning blended whiskeys, the problem is a little … Yes there are some stunning blended whiskeys, the problem is a little knowledge is dangerous and therefore people assume single malts are the consummate best that whisky provides which is in truth absolute nonsense. If in doubt then I suggest the naysayers watch this classic whisky video for some education >https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HG4F0NmGpg4Richard Paterson Master Blender, he's one smooth whisky drinker. I can literally imagine him saying "drinking whisky is like making love to a beautiful woman"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVG1U-faqHY


Just because a whisky is a single malt, it 100% doesn't mean it's going to be nice. If nothing else then people own personal preference comes into play etc.

However I can't help but feel that all blends are doing is attempting to resemble a good single malt, and when you think that for the price of one of these decent blends you could go a purchase the single malt of your choice, the single malt will win for me every time

Thanks, had a bottle this a while ago and been waiting for it to go on offer!

scott_safc

Just because a whisky is a single malt, it 100% doesn't mean it's going … Just because a whisky is a single malt, it 100% doesn't mean it's going to be nice. If nothing else then people own personal preference comes into play etc.However I can't help but feel that all blends are doing is attempting to resemble a good single malt, and when you think that for the price of one of these decent blends you could go a purchase the single malt of your choice, the single malt will win for me every time



OK where do we start with this. It's definitely true that not all single malts are guaranteed to be good, that should be obvious though. Secondly it's definitely nowhere near true that blended whiskys are trying to be is single malts, this is absurd, they're two different whiskys entirely. Think of them as types of whisky, when a blended whisky works the individual components work almost synergistically to create a fantastic tasking whisky. A single malt is what it says it is, you're going for the exact taste and comparison of single malts shows the unevenness in the quality of single malts, again single malts can be and many are fantastic tasting whiskys. In no sense should a good blended whisky be an emulation of a single malt, it's physically impossible and logically if you actually think about it definitely not true.

Who's Ian Buxton?

fishmaster

OK where do we start with this. It's definitely true that not all single … OK where do we start with this. It's definitely true that not all single malts are guaranteed to be good, that should be obvious though. Secondly it's definitely nowhere near true that blended whiskys are trying to be is single malts, this is absurd, they're two different whiskys entirely. Think of them as types of whisky, when a blended whisky works the individual components work almost synergistically to create a fantastic tasking whisky. A single malt is what it says it is, you're going for the exact taste and comparison of single malts shows the unevenness in the quality of single malts, again single malts can be and many are fantastic tasting whiskys. In no sense should a good blended whisky be an emulation of a single malt, it's physically impossible and logically if you actually think about it definitely not true.


What I'm saying is they take a small proportion of numerous whiskies and mix then to come up with one that tastes fabulous. However you'll find many a single malt that does that without the need to be mixed. And speaking from personal experience, I'm yet to try a blend that is anywhere near as good as a decent single malt

scott_safc

Just because a whisky is a single malt, it 100% doesn't mean it's going … Just because a whisky is a single malt, it 100% doesn't mean it's going to be nice. If nothing else then people own personal preference comes into play etc.However I can't help but feel that all blends are doing is attempting to resemble a good single malt, and when you think that for the price of one of these decent blends you could go a purchase the single malt of your choice, the single malt will win for me every time



Your first sentence is obvious considering what I stated about the perception of single malts. Secondly since you haven't watched the videos I linked to, I refer you to them again.

I see you replied to my long winded effort, the concise version is this one

You are of course right I can't tell you what you taste is wrong, that would be absurd.


Edited by: "fishmaster" 14th Dec 2016

Ralfy is best at reviews. Honest and no pretensions.
m.youtube.com/wat…-I4
Edited by: "Joemobro" 14th Dec 2016

scott_safc

What I'm saying is they take a small proportion of numerous whiskies and … What I'm saying is they take a small proportion of numerous whiskies and mix then to come up with one that tastes fabulous. However you'll find many a single malt that does that without the need to be mixed. And speaking from personal experience, I'm yet to try a blend that is anywhere near as good as a decent single malt



Johnnie Walker blue is better than all the single malts I've tried, it's not cheap though. Glenalba 22 and 25 (Lidl) are also far better than nearly all malts i've tried under £50.

very tempted to spend some of my latest quidco payout and pick one up for Christmas based on positive comments. thanks fellow hukders and op. heat

MattyGr

Johnnie Walker blue is better than all the single malts I've tried, it's … Johnnie Walker blue is better than all the single malts I've tried, it's not cheap though. Glenalba 22 and 25 (Lidl) are also far better than nearly all malts i've tried under £50.


Johnnie walker blue is nice but overrated in my opinion.

I grudge giving Diageo money unless its a must, will never forgive what they did to Johnnie Walker plant.
192 years of heritage and 700 jobs wiped out for greed and profit.
Edited by: "callum84" 14th Dec 2016

callum84

Johnnie walker blue is nice but overrated in my opinion.I grudge giving … Johnnie walker blue is nice but overrated in my opinion.I grudge giving Diageo money unless its a must, will never forgive what they did to Johnnie Walker plant. 192 years of heritage and 700 jobs wiped out for greed and profit.


I've never tried the blue but me mate has a bottle so maybe I will over xmas...

Have to admit I'm not a huge fan of theirs that I have tried....

scott_safc

I've never tried the blue but me mate has a bottle so maybe I will over … I've never tried the blue but me mate has a bottle so maybe I will over xmas... ;)Have to admit I'm not a huge fan of theirs that I have tried....



Green is probably the best based on quality for money as it's 1/3 of the price of blue.

It's a blend but made up of 100% malts. Worth a try if you haven't already.


Original Poster

Have now tried . Good dram , really good dram. A fair amount of wood (no bad thing) and hints of toasted nuts. Tested blind you would probably say well aged single malt not a NAS blend (but of course that depends on what went into the blend)

Well chuffed with this for £21.

Recived mine few days ago, dissapointed. Not sure what i was expecting from Grouse..
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