I first tried Black Grouse nearly three years ago, and I wasn’t all that impressed.
There were however a number of reason for this. First of all, it was a blind sample after a number of particularly powerful single malts (single malts are not necessarily better than blends, it’s a matter of taste); secondly, at that time, my taste for peaty whisky was a little under-developed.
Nonetheless, whisky can be like a job interview, if you’re having a bad day and don’t make a good first impression you’re knackered, and you’ll do anything for a second chance. Be open-minded enough give a dram a second chance, you might get a wee surprise. I did.