Black Grouse

70cl / 40%
  • Blended Scotch Whisky
Black Grouse
Not Available
This product is currently out of stock
Enter your email address below, you will be notified when this product is available.
when this product is available.
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.

79 Customer Reviews

  • Add Your Review
  • 4
    14 January

    I imagine being part of 'The Famous Grouse' line that this 'Black Grouse' is on the relatively cheap side of the whisky market. I can't recall tasting 'Famous Grouse' before, but I'm trying this 'Black Grouse' now from one of those 5cl (50ml) sample bottles, and I must say it is perfectly drinkable, for what I will surmise to be a cheap priced whisky. Irrespective of price, it's not at all bad. It has quite a peaty taste to it, which I like, and whilst it isn't on par with the likes of 'Laphroaig' or 'Ardbeg', this is a respectable and drinkable alternative. So it gets 4 stars from me. The next time my pocket can't stretch for a single malt (and that's not to state that single malts are immutably better on the whole), I'll keep the 'Black Grouse' in mind as an affordable alternative.

  • 5
    21 December 2017

    Absolutely smooth and silky...

  • 2
    3 December 2017

    I'm a big fan of peaty scotches, such as Laphroaig. However, I'm still a poor student, so I look for cheaper alternatives. I was very disappointed with this blend, even for the price. It tastes an industrial solvent. If you can find it, I recommend Islay Mist for those looking for a bargain peaty scotch blend.

  • 5
    27 August 2017

    The best Breakfast Scotch - Brian, I agree with you, the old Black Bottle was my fave, not the new crap BB :(

  • 4
    10 July 2017

    A wonderful blended whiskey for the money, lots of peat and malt, rounded together in a pleasant sweetness. Very easy to drink if you like peat. One of my favorite blends!

  • 3
    7 June 2017

    The black grouse is excellent. Albeit, the famous grouse is much more preferred. The famous grouse is much for palatable, and has less peaty tones, and more of a thick molasses honey palate with a delightful nose. A long finish and a smoothness that is rivaled by some of the greatest scotches available. The black grouse has a heavy peat, though it is also very smooth. It's an enjoyable drink, and it's deep amber color makes nice for storing in a decanter.

  • 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.

Show 69 more reviews