Press Release

Famous Grouse Wine Cask Expression


Famous Grouse Whisky Stuart McNamara Whiskey Blogger

The Famous Grouse launches Wine Cask, a third addition to its Cask Series in the UK, an innovative range of blended whiskies, inspired by the impact that different types of oak casks have on flavour development.

The Famous Grouse has launched the third expression from their Cask Series, The Famous Grouse Wine Cask. The expression, inspired by the impact that different types of oak casks have on flavour development, delivers a richer mouthfeel reminiscent of Spanish red wine with notes of dark chocolate, cherries, nutmeg and black pepper. It is a versatile whisky that can be enjoyed neat, with a dash of water or as part of a cocktail. It is only available in the UK where it is exclusive to the Waitrose retail chain.

Famous Grouse Wine Cask Blended Whisky Stuart McNamara Whiskey Blogger

The latest expression is finished in carefully selected Spanish red wine casks, producing a fuller bodied whisky with the classic smoothness typical of The Famous Grouse. The additional maturation in the wine casks delivers a richer mouthfeel with layers of flavour you would expect from Spanish red wine including dark chocolate, cherries, nutmeg and subtle hints of black pepper.

Chris Anderson, Head of Brands at Edrington-Beam Suntory UK, 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 Cask 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”.

The new edition, launching exclusively in Waitrose this September, complements the retailers leading expertise and history with wine.  John Vine, spirits buyer at Waitrose said: “Waitrose and Partners is very excited to partner with The Famous Grouse on the exclusive launch of this new product, which we believe will appeal to both our whisky and wine aficionado’s alike.  The Famous Grouse “Wine Cask” is an innovative launch which we hope will support the resurgence in the blended scotch, whilst offering an exciting alternative for those customers looking to explore a new category”.

The new Wine Cask release offers consumers the chance to explore wider flavour profiles within Blends, in turn demonstrating the complexity and depth within the category.   The Famous Grouse “Wine Cask” upholds the reliably smooth taste, quality and character of The UK’s Number 1 Whisky, but with a delicious new twist.  Like the parent blend, The Famous Grouse “Wine Cask” can be perfectly enjoyed neat, with a dash of water or with a favourite mixer to bring the flavours to life.

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Stuart McNamara (@WhiskeyBlogger) is an international Whiskey Blogger who edits several International Whisk(e)y and Whiskey Tourism sites including and He is Chair of the Irish Craft And Artisan Distilleries Association (ICADA) and is an elected member of the National Council of ISME, the Irish SME Association. He is also the creator and editor of International Irish Whiskey Day which is celebrated on 3/3 or 3rd March each year and had a global social media reach in 2021 of over 20 Million. He is a Director of Portmagee Whiskey and has also acted as both a brand and product development consultant to several other Irish Whiskey and other spirits producers.

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