A scotch whisky distiller, when asked recently if he made any blends, was gloriously sniffy and dismissive of blended whisky. It would have been interesting to see and hear what he would have made of the Johnnie Walker Directors Blends, which I got to taste last Thursday (November 28) in London.
The company describes The Black Grouse - Alpha Edition as a “richer, smokier expression” of The Black Grouse.
The Alpha Edition will be launched early next year and will be exclusive to travel retail for the first six months.
The package depicts a male black grouse in full display during the mating season “as he embarks on his mission to become the alpha male”.
Helen Potter, innovations manager for The Famous Grouse: “On first taste it is rich and sweet, before layers of smoke reveal themselves. We believe we have created something truly special which will appeal to scotch whisky, bourbon and rum spirit drinkers keen to explore a richer, fuller version of The Black Grouse.”
The Black Grouse - Alpha Edition RRP is €33 and the whisky made its debut at TFWA Cannes.
Sister brand The Black Grouse launched in 2007.