Famous Grouse Smoky Black

70cl / 40%
  • Blended Scotch Whisky
Famous Grouse Smoky Black
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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

21 Customer Reviews

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  • 2
    17 November


  • 1
    15 October

    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

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

  • 4
    23 July

    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

    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

    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

    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

    I enjoy Islay malts and this a great value substitute

  • 1
    18 February

    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

    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.

  • 5
    20 January

    Excellent value . Prefer the normal black grouse , but at the price this is tops.

  • 5
    13 January

    An absolute steal. It's hard not to compare Smoky Black with another great budget whisky from the Grouse house, Mellow Gold. Both are great bargain Whiskies with Mellow Gold slightly edging it for me. Back to Smoky Black though, as this is the whisky I am currently reviewing. Forget the nay Sayers and those that give it only one or two stars, this whisky is top value for the money. It's a little more peaty than other Grouse renditions but still enjoys a real quality smoothness. A truly smokie taste and very little in the line of bitterness. There is some bitterness there though which usually accompanies a blended whisky of this price, but not enough to stop a whisky lover from enjoying it. If you are like me and cannot afford the ?30-?40 single malt whiskey, then give this one a go I feel you will certainly be surprised by it.

  • 1
    21 December 2016

    The smokiness I can only describe as a chemical additive to the scotch I can't give this one a good rating suggest you spend a bit more money on a better one

  • 4
    18 December 2016

    Smooth sipping. Not as much smoke as I anticipated, but overall pretty good.

  • 1
    8 December 2016

    Not good. Harsh smokiness over a cloyingly sweet grainy base. Maybe I got a bad bottle, but this is frankly one of the worst scotches I have ever tasted. The old Black Grouse was great, as is the regular Grouse, but this blend is a disaster.

  • 5
    16 November 2016

    Peaty with a great nose, not a smooth as the Alpha Edition, but a very good whisky

  • 5
    26 October 2016

    Very peaty and smoky. value for money

  • 3
    19 August 2016

    very pleasent taste & good value off.money

  • 5
    30 June 2016

    Very pleasantly surprised by this! Excellent blend that gives a good solid hit of peat and smoke. At this price it's one of the best.

  • 4
    17 April 2016

    Good value - quality and price. And of course, yummy ;)

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