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

38 Customer Reviews

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  • 4
    23 June

    Has a great flavour

  • 4
    29 May

    Definitely delivers that smoky taste that the name proclaims. Good aftertaste as well

  • 4
    21 April

    Not bad at all, sweet smooth and smoky, exactly as described and for the price certainly no reason to complain.

  • 5
    24 January

    I absolutely love the smoky flavor of peated Scotch. For an affordable "everyday" Scotch, the Famous Grouse cannot be beat and their smokey "black" version is delicious!

  • 5
    3 January

    I cannot understand what anyone could complain about here. I have been buying this at £15 a bottle at Morrisons. It is quite smooth and sweet with some peaty smokiness. It is excellent value for an everyday tipple. For me 5 stars at the price!

  • 4
    9 October 2018

    Surprising drinkability; smooth and slightly sweet, but not in a bad way. The nose is not great, slightly off-putting, but for someone who took a 6 month break from drinking after years of having several drinks a day this eased me right back into it I did not find it smoky (but I’m also a cigarette smoker so maybe the subtlety was just not enough for my palate). For the money, a great buy. If you're looking for a smokier experience this is not for you – spend an extra 15 or 20 and get a higher-shelf whisky. All in all, definitely gonna keep this in rotation.

  • 3
    26 July 2018

    some smoke and sweetness to it for a blended whisky you can definitely do worse but also better

  • 3
    14 May 2018

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

  • 4
    10 April 2018

    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 2018

    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 2018

    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 2018

    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 2018

    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 2018

    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 ??

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