Insider knowledge: The Black Grouse whisky is named whisky by virtue of the fact it's from Scotland. If distilled in America the spelling would be The Black Grouse whiskey, as opposed to whisky.
Nose: Medium, quite smoky. Solid peat note, rummy sweetness, touch of dry wood.
Palate: Medium, balanced. Peat smoke, caramel, spice.
Finish: Long, slightly peaty.
When I first tried this I thought it was a single malt. A lot of complexity, really a very well made dram. Not so Islay as it is a rich Highland taste. Great finish too.
6th October 2009
Agree totally with the Best Blend's comments. Is an excellent drink its a pity it doenst get as many mentions as the Famous Grouse
2nd February 2011
I usually drink Islay malts, but on a recent trip away for work, didn't fancy splashing out the $50+ you'd pay for one in Canada. I knew Black Grouse was a bit more Islay accented than Famous Grouse so bought a bottle to keep me company for the duration and I wasn't disappointed. A slight hint of peatiness betrays its Islay roots, but otherwise it is an extremely smooth and easy drinking whisky. For a blend it is quite complex with hints of golden syrup on the nose with an underlying smokiness and a subtle heather sweetness on the palate with that exciting peaty undertone to keep Islay lovers like me happy.
21st July 2012
This a good smoky, moderately sweet, lightly tarry blended whisky. The Overall balance is excellent. I think the JW black label is still better. If Black Grouse would be 12 yo, it could make a real difference.
11th September 2012
I have 7 or 8 on my shelf, but I keep returning to this in the evenings! Not too peaty, light and better than any other blend I have tried.
20th January 2013
I really enjoy the Islay singles. I wouldn't consider them an every day dram, but in the right time and place there is nothing like them. Laphroaig is great for those dark cold nights and memories of place I'm glad I don't need to go to again. Black Grouse brings those flavors to mind in a most enjoyable way.
9th February 2013
As a university student (read: poor as a church rat) in Finland where whisky is taxed like a 16th century english peasant, good whisky at a good price is hard to come by. This is an absolute STEAL. wonderful balance and moutfeel with that gorgeous highland park peat. It is very smooth, so don't expect a big islay smack in the face. This is a subtle but very full-flavoured blend.
10th July 2013
Delicious spice finish,I think this is one of the great differentials of Black Grouse. Balanced peat smoke and chocolate. Oil and smooth. Gorgeous blend, for me one of the best blends.
12th October 2013
fairly new to the world of whisky. After sampling lots of different whiskys at Edinburgh festival have been searching for a blended whisky at an affordable price to get close to the likes of Jura Superstition (among others). not disappointed by the taste:value ratio. Yet to be experienced enough to give an in depth review - but I know what I like and this is great for the relatively low price.
19th October 2013
It's a nice little blend with a very gentle touch of peat/smoke at a very reasonable price. Definitely on the sweet side like Famous Grouse, but not too much. However, you can't expect more than that. It lacks complexity and the flavours just don't seem so well integrated as in truly great blends like JW Black or the Ballantine's 12 or 17. There's also significantly less peat than in Black Bottle, another nice value blend.
Still, it's not bad at all and a quite acceptable "everyday" sip. At this price point, it's difficult to find a better Scotch.
5th November 2013