Whisky ligger som brukligt är på kennel Thorsvi, till
grund för valparnas namn. Tidigare har det varit skotska
malt whisky destillerier (med två undantag: Single Malt
och Mackmyra), men denna gång ville vi vara lite
”roligare”. Eftersom både pappa Will och mamma Kiwi har
ordet Black (Blackbill resp Blackwood) i sina namn så
tänkte vi att valparna får heta detta också, men med
Det visade sig finnas många att välja på! Black i
whiskysammanhang innebär oftast att den är rökig eller
Black Grouse är kusin till den mer välkända Famous
Grouse, tillverkad för att passa den svenska smaken
(rök!). I Systemets normalsortiment (finns också på burk
blandad med koffeinfri Cola!).
Tillverkas på destilleriet Glenturret utanför Crieff,
några mil från Perth.
Pale Gold in colour. As the bottle label does it's best
to explain, this is meant to be a marriage of peated
malt with the Famous Grouse blend, so naturally I was
expecting a strong statement of smoke and peat. Not so.
The smoke and peat is definitely there, however it is
more than accommodating to the brown sugar accompanying
it. A compelling balance.
Incredibly smooth and light, once again not forcing the
issue with the peat and the smoke. The brown sugar on
the nose has become dark chocolate on the tongue, and it
mingles beautifully with the spice. Makes me think of a
bar of dark chocolate with chilli that someone once gave
me. I wasn't a fan of it at the time, but on tasting
this I may have to try that chocolate again. Intriguing
A very gradual fade down of the cocoa, and a fade up of
the spice and oak. So subtle and unexpectedly elegant.
The Black Grouse is continuing its award-winning run
after receiving a gold medal at the International
Spirits Challenge (ISC) 2010.
Now in its 15th year, the ISC leads the way in tasting
and promoting outstanding quality spirits from around
the world. Each year, spirits are tasted and rigorously
judged by the industry's leading international experts,
and despite the current economic climate, the
competition reported a higher number of entries across
the board this year.
The Black Grouse whisky is designed to attract blended
Scotch drinkers who are looking for a dram with a more
challenging taste. It subtly marries the smoothness of
The Famous Grouse with the rich smokiness of peated
Gerry O’Donnell, Director for The Famous Grouse, said:
“We’re delighted with how well The Black Grouse has been
received since we launched this new blend in 2007. We
are seeing a trend towards more challenging whiskies and
flavours and we feel The Black Grouse delivers this on
all levels. It gives drinkers keen to embrace a richer,
peated whisky the opportunity to try this from a trusted
Since its launch in Sweden in 2007 The Black Grouse has
received a number of awards including taking Gold (Best
in Class) at the International Wine and Spirits
Competition in 2009 and Gold for Best Scotch Whisky
Blend at the 2009 Scottish Whisky Masters. In his 2008
Whisky Bible’, Jim Murray hailed it as “a real treasure
– the best new blended scotch whisky” awarding it a
total score of 94/100.
Black grouse whisky to raise RSPB money
Toasts with a new type of whisky to the health of one of
Britain's most iconic - and much declined - birds will
now have a practical benefit.
Every bottle of Black Grouse bought from Sainsbury
stores during June to December, after which it goes on
general release, will mean another 50p for the Royal
Society for the Protection of Birds.
It will go specifically towards conservation work that
needs to be carried out to improve habitat for the
species after which the new brand is named on 85,000
acres of land in Scotland, England and Wales.
Black grouse numbers have dwindled from tens of
thousands to just a few thousand since the 1970s and the
aim is to reverse the trend by providing better
conditions to bring about improved breeding success and
winter survival rates.
The species is famous for its spectacular early spring
courtship rituals at special sites known as leks. Males
- known as blackcocks - with wings and lyre-shaped tails
spread, charge at each other, like jousting medieval
knights, to impress watching females (greyhens).
Gerry O'Donnell, director of The Famous Grouse said that
with their original brand being named after Scotland's
national gamebird, it was only fitting that they should
now be "paying homage" to a unique related species that
"As an organisation that already supports a number of
good causes and is very proud of its Scottish outdoor
roots, we felt this provided a great opportunity to
further conservation work while enjoying a great dram."
RSPB Scotland director Stuart Housden, said: "Unless
urgent conservation programmes are put in place, this
bird and its remarkable natural behaviour could
disappear forever from our shores.
"We are absolutely delighted that The Famous Grouse has
chosen to support black grouse conservation by funding
our work for protection, creation and restoration of the
special natural habitats on which they depend.
"This commitment will ensure that this spectacular bird,
with its remarkable mating behaviour, will continue to
enthral people and contribute to the rich natural
history of the UK for many years to come."
Funds raised from Black Grouse whisky sales will be
invested in native tree planting and woodland creation,
the removal of non-native trees and the restoration of
boggy areas in order to create the mosaic of natural and
diverse forest-edge habitat that most suits the species.
As well as being hit by the loss of this type of habitat
diversity, birds crashing into the wire mesh of deer
fence around plantations and predation of eggs and young
by crows and foxes are thought to be further reasons for
the population decline.