Big Blends of the Highlands


Since we’ve already discussed just how prominent Blended Whiskies are as compared to their Single Malt counterparts, then Glenturret & Aberfeldy (coming tomorrow) are two great places to discuss further, as they make up the key building blocks to two of the world’s most loved Blended Whiskies: Famous Grouse & Dewar’s.

Glenturret Distillery is located a mere hour away from Glasgow, and as such, it’s one of the most visited distilleries in all of Scotland.  It’s also the facility that houses “The Famous Grouse Experience,” a state-of-the-art visitor center geared toward (you guessed it), their best-selling blend.

While Blended Whiskies don’t really have a rightful home, often their consumer-facing Visitor Centers are located at the home of their most prominent Single Malt blending components.  Such is the case with Glenturret, a Single Malt distilleries focused on their iconic Grouse brand.

Famous Grouse is part of the Edrington portfolio, a collection of other notable whiskies including Highland Park and Macallan.  Until 2014, Remy Cointreau had served as the Edrington importer in the U.S., but late last year, the company announced the creation of their own operation here in the U.S.

The Famous Grouse has four main expressions that make their portfolio:

THE FAMOUS GROUSE — their classic blend

THE SNOW GROUSE — designed to be served cold

THE BLACK GROUSE — with smokier hints than their signature Grouse

THE NAKED GROUSE — matured in sherry casks

The brand also offers a handful of Glenturret Single Malt expressions.

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