Black Grouse

70cl / 40%
  • Blended Scotch Whisky
Black Grouse
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Customer Rating
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.

73 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    7 December 2016

    I really like Grouse Scotch - it's a favourite. Not sure if I'd like the new Black 'peaty' version - wish they'd bring out a Christmas mini-bottles pack with both, so one could try and compare, before splurging!

  • 4
    10 September 2016

    The Black Grouse is peaty for sure, on the palate passing the nose. A fresh bouquet is clean but not sanitized and there is oak. Reserved and sophisticated in a simplistic way, the oak returns and fades on finish. It's a deliberate reach for this bottle with a specific taste in mind and gratifying indeed.

  • 4
    1 August 2016

    A lovely blend with a smoky finish I often have one on a night after a long day at work rather than hitting my collection of single malts. Certainly my favourite blended whisky

  • 4
    5 July 2016

    I like the black Grouse as a good drinking whisky when I want something with a bit more depth than my normal quaffing scotch ( Famous Grouse). It certainly shouldn't be classed in with malts. I am about to try the Black Grouse Alpha which may require a change of opinion.

  • 1
    29 May 2016

    Awful. Got a bottle for my birthday because I was after an affordable peaty blend. It was that bad I poured it back into the bottle . Overpowering synthetic smoke. Chemical. Just awful don't waste your money . Go and buy a bottle of Teachers.

  • 3
    17 April 2016

    OK, but an almost-overpowering presence of eau-de coal tar(?!). I'm much of a scotch neophyte, and maybe this is the peaty presence. Anyway, this is based on a first tasting, and if the blend remains consistent I can see potentially developing a taste for The Black Grouse.

  • 5
    28 January 2016

    My favourite whisky so far - love the burn, and much more depth to the taste than normal Grouse.

  • 4
    2 January 2016

    Smokey, peaty goodness at a decent price. Used as my 'everyday' whiskey. Served with a slight chill from stones.

  • 4
    11 December 2015

    4 stars, I know, I know. But it isn't a 20 year old single malt, it is an affordable blend and it taste like it.

  • 1
    17 November 2015

    Is this where all the Islay malts that used to go into Black Bottle went? What a waste! This is unbalanced, with the sweetness and the smoke battling it out on your palate. Unpleasant and overpriced.

  • 2
    29 October 2015

    It''s not bad by any means - but I just can''t get into it. I like Famous Grouse just fine, and think it''s a great dram. The problem with Black Grouse is that the Islay whiskies in here don''t seem to mix well with the fruitier, toffee flavours that the Famous Grouse is known for. To me, the hints of iodine and smoky flavour clash with the fruits; it''s like two totally different flavours going on that simply don''t mix. I feel like I''m drinking two scotches at once in fact. For my money, I far prefer Teacher''s Highland Cream if I am in the mood for a smokier blend.

  • 4
    13 October 2015

    Nice enough, about what you''d expect for the price

  • 4
    6 October 2015

    For the money, this is a great little slightly peaty number. A good cheaper alternative to drinks such as Talisker etc.

  • 5
    24 August 2015

    Yes I am aware that I''m giving it a 5, its because its a very good product when taken into consideration the price. This tastes VERY alike johnnie walker black but with more body,richness, and smoke. It has a very coal ash taste on the finish (tastes good!). Johnnie walker black has been a favorite of mine but black grouse may take place of it as my daily dram, its that good! Overall: When compared to johnnie walker, black grouse tastes pretty much the same. Except Black grouse has more malty flavour, richness, and smoke. Whereas johnnie walker black is sweeter, and is fruiter.

  • 4
    16 August 2015

    Dollar for dollar one of the best scotch blends I''ve ever found

  • 2
    26 June 2015

    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 2015

    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 2015

    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.

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