The Black Grouse is a blended Highland scotch whisky. It is relatively inexpensive but a step up from The Famous Grouse with its very present but soft and smoky nose. The palate is smoky, too, but assertive. I like it.
Straight from the Orkney Islands of Scotland, this bottle of Scapa comes from a limited release of only 2,000 bottles that were distilled in 1980 and aged for a full 25 years before bottling at cask strength. Scapa is often ignored in favor of the other more famous Orkney scotch, Highland Park…..but hey man, the big brother doesn’t always win. Try both. Buy Now Big House Bourbon Whiskey Tap 357 Canadian Maple Rye Whisky ($30)