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Whisky meets red wine in new release

The Famous Grouse Wine CaskFANS of both red wine and whisky can seek out some of the classic flavour notes found in the former this winter in the latest addition to the Famous Grouse Cask Series.

Having spent additional time maturing in Spanish red wine casks, the resulting liquid – The Famous Grouse Wine Cask – is described as a fuller bodied whisky which has a “richer mouthfeel with layers of flavours” expected from Spanish red wine, including dark chocolate, cherries, nutmeg and black pepper.

The Famous Grouse Wine Cask joins Bourbon Cask and Ruby (Port) Cask variants in the range.

Wine cask finishing is relatively new, but is quickly growing in popularity.

Said to offer consumers the chance to explore the wider flavour profiles within the blended whisky category, the spirits can be enjoyed neat, with a dash of water or in mixed drinks.

Chris Anderson, head of brands at parent firm Edrington-Beam Suntory, said: “We place such importance on the quality of our wood, as it is such an integral part of bringing the product to life and we are delighted to be able to demonstrate this in an exciting, new way, through the launch of The Famous Grouse Wine Cask.

“Wine cask finishing is still relatively new in the history of whisky, but is quickly growing in popularity as distillers look to explore the extensive layers of flavour development.

“These innovations are contributing to the inauguration of an everyday premium category for blended Scotch whisky and this approach demonstrates our commitment to bringing fresh opportunities for growth within the category.”