Famous Grouse Smoky Black

70cl / 40%
  • Blended Scotch Whisky
Famous Grouse Smoky Black
Web Exclusive Price £21.75 £18.13 ex VAT (£31.07 per litre)
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Famous Grouse Smoky Black was renamed from Black Grouse at the end of 2015. This blend is based on peated Islay malts, and offers 'reassuring smoothness with aromatic, peaty flavours'.

Famous Grouse Smoky Black Reviews

31 Customer Reviews

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  • 3
    14 May

    Tastes like Grouse. Slightly underwhelmed as I had expected a little more flavours from the normal grouse

  • 4
    10 April

    For the price, it can't be beat. Is it a Laphroaig, Lagavulin, or Ardbeg? Of course not. This is my go-to for Scotch and Soda.

  • 4
    23 March

    I was surprised by this whisky. On the nose it's as off-putting as regular Famous Grouse, but it tastes nothing like it. It has a rich, smoky flavor. If you like Johnnie Walker Black Label or the Black Bottle, you'll like this one.

  • 5
    9 March

    So surprised by this, has a sweetness but has a lovely smoky bacon or kippers taste and finish. Isn’t a smoky nose or is no laoiphrpig but a good smoky blend all the same with the famous grouse characteristics

  • 5
    31 January

    Bought it after a tastings where I fell in love. It is like nothing I've ever had before. It isn't for everyone... but it is definitely for me!

  • 5
    17 January

    I bought this on impulse, as a drop of whisky to keep me going over Xmas. After reading some negative online reviews I approached the first 'dram' with some trepidation, but what a pleasant surprise! Very drinkable, smooth, with just a hint of smokiness. Try it for yourself.

  • 4
    9 January

    Not my favorite scotch, but add a couple sprigs of rosemary, a handful of fennel seeds, a vanilla bean and let it steep for a month. Strain and mix in local clover honey to taste and it makes a nice homemade substitute for Drambuie. Perfect in a Rusty Nail.

  • 4
    29 December 2017

    Great choice for an affordable blended scotch. A bit of water coaxes the smoke out

  • 2
    25 December 2017

    I have been Drinking Grouse since the late 70's & although far from my favourite whisky, it's not a bad whisky for the price. This however is poor. Certainly not as drinkable as the standard Grouse.

  • 4
    21 December 2017

    Tried for the first time tonight and I usually only drink single malts esp from Islay - Caol Isla 18, Bruichladdich, Lagavulin 16 if possible! This blended Grouse was not so bad at all at this price. It was a little bit coarse with some good smokiness but without some of the smooth fire of an aged Caol Isla or old Lagavulin. The finish could be smoother but I found it ok and acceptable for a non-long-aged blended whiskey. Definitely worth a try though! Don't agree with the 'chemical' review sorry! It could be smoother but some smokey fire there definitely was.

  • 2
    17 November 2017


  • 1
    15 October 2017

    Awful, an overpowering harsh, burnt smokiness, it smells and tastes completely synthetic. Please save your money, you are not getting a budget "Islay" here, it is just downright nasty. You would be far better sticking with the basic or the Black.

  • 5
    24 August 2017

    It was a gift for my dad. And he loved it. Thank you ??

  • 4
    23 July 2017

    I like the standard grouse so thought I'd try this. Very pleasant and a little different. It has an interesting depth of flavour and I look forwards to exploring the rest of the bottle.

  • 2
    28 May 2017

    I wasn't expecting anything like Johnny Walker's Double Black, but there's nothing "smoky" about this blend, very disappointed to say the least.

  • 2
    13 May 2017

    I'm sorry to say, but this nothing like Black Grouse was. That nice tarry-smoke just isn't there anymore. Actually, I'm furious. Famous Grouse has all talent and resources to make outstanding blended whisky world has ever seen before. But they are playing always safe. They are satisfied with mediocrity!

  • 4
    12 March 2017

    For a blended, un-aged malt, I don't see where there's much to complain about, especially at this price point. Not hugely smoky but I am not getting any 'chemical' aftertaste as others have described. A tiny bit harsh on the finish but there's a lot worse out there. Yeah, so it's not Lagavulin or Laphroaig. it's not $80 either. Worth $25 in my book any day.

  • 4
    22 February 2017

    I enjoy Islay malts and this a great value substitute

  • 1
    18 February 2017

    I have never tasted such a fake whisky, it's almost as though it's a diet drink with chemical sweetness. Budget or not your as well with a normal grouse. Or skip till next time and get a better bottle, poor artificial flavour

  • 5
    10 February 2017

    I'm a big fan of the Islay single malts, with Laphroaig as my favorite and Bowmore coming in second. However, I've started to explore the blends (to save some coin), and I was referred to Famous Grouse by my brother who told me that he and his frat brothers in college drank this often...calling it the "Kickin' Chicken" LOL. He also told me that this is one of the most popular brands in Scotland? Anyway, when I went to the store looking for Famous Grouse I found this "Smoky Black" version and just had to give it a go given my fondness for the peatiness of the Islay malts. And hey, for the money, this one is a winner IMHO. Tasty and smooth with a satisfying palate. I will buy it again.

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