This wonderful blend takes the crown as the best selling Scotch in Scotland (and the Scots know a thing or two about whisky…) First established in 1896 by Matthew Gloag after he as part of his role providing drinks for Royal Banquets. He tasked his son, William, with creating a blend for the event, whilst his daughter designed the iconic label. He named the blend Grouse, after the Red Grouse, the national game bird of Scotland which now features on every bottle. Matthew Gloag’s Grandfather (also named Matthew) was a grocer in Perth, the blended whisky capital of the world, who first received this royal contract in 1842. In 1905, the brand was renamed “The Famous Grouse” and in 1984 it received the Royal Warrant. It is now owned by Edrington, and as such contains a large proportion of malt whiskies from Macallan and Highland Park. A cracking dram, this whisky has a good malty core, with clean grain notes and a slightly funky sherried character. As the company like to say, this blend certainly is “famous for a reason”.