Black Grouse

70cl / 40%
  • Blended Scotch Whisky
Black Grouse
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A timely innovation from Famous Grouse - this blend is based on peated Islay malts, and promises 'reassuring smoothness with aromatic, peaty flavours'.


Black Grouse Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • Producer's Tasting Notes

    Nose: Peaty-smoke then delicate sweetness.  Golden raw sugar with traces of malt and oak.

    Palate: Subtle smoky-sweet tones.  A silky smooth delivery with hints of cocoa and spice.

    Finish: Long, peaty, aromatic.  Gentle smokiness, giving way to a resonant oaky note.

58 Customer Reviews

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  • 2
    26 June

    Rather disappointed, although quite a smooth whiskey it lacks intensity and flavour. I suppose to be expected for the price however disappointed nonetheless.

  • 3
    27 May

    it''s good for its price. a pleasant and smooth flavour, but tastes a bit watered down and lacks a strong aftertaste.

  • 4
    18 April

    This a good blend. Of course it''s polished for the general public, but neverthless. Like all good blends it could be so much more (higher strenght, no color added, non chillfiltered etc.) but it never will. That''s the tragedy of good blends.

  • 5
    28 December 2014

    Black Grouse - lovely and peaty - mmmmm.

  • 3
    18 October 2014

    Read the reviews and got the bottle. To really enjoy this you''ve gotta get your pallate prepared: A nice mince pie, then black filter coffee, then small sips of this! Then it really does the producers tasting notes a favour. Otherwise it's a rather uncomplex and watered down Islay blend. For the price i can''t complain, but untill i cleaned my pallette i was disappointed with this rather soft and bland blend. Neverthe less, when preparation is correct, it shines a good deal, although cannot in any way come close to Laphroaig. A fun whisky, probably great for mixing, and handy for everyday drinking. If you want sophistication you need a better blend- or better still, Laphroaig, or single malt.

  • 5
    18 October 2014

    Nice!!! Peaty taste - subtle - good value for money.

  • 4
    21 September 2014

    I've really grown to like this blend. It might not be in quite the same class as JW Black, but it's a similar style that marries the smooth and mellow branch of Scotch whisky with a gentle touch of Islay-ish peat. Great value for the money, and definitely better than some more expensive single malts I've had.

  • 5 January 2014

    Generally lacks complexity, but has a good sweet smokey flavour and is wonderful value. It lacks a decent finish but if you are an Islay fan this could be for you at a third of the price of the better known brands. There is obvious a comparison with Black Bottle and I actually prefer this blend although BB has a more authentic Islay taste.

  • 28 December 2013

    I'm no snob but I love Laphroaig and I find the Black to be enjoyable, mellow, and satisfying.

  • 8 April 2013

    I like to try a wide variety of whiskies and bought this based on Jim Murray's 94pt review. The peat/smoke is more subtle than I expected but still significant compared to the vast majority of blends I have tasted. It's not as deep or complex as a decent Island or Islay single malt but for a blend and for the money I think it's a great buy.

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