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One of the world's most popular blends, and the best-selling Scotch whisky in Scotland, Famous Grouse is a very nicely balanced, malty blend which was first made in 1896. In fact, it was created by Matthew Gloag's company after he was asked to supply wines for a royal banquet with Queen Victoria in attendance. His son, William, perfected a blend named The Grouse, renaming it The Famous Grouse in 1905. Around eighty years later, the company was awarded a Royal Warrant. The blend represents great value for money, and it also works beautiful in whisky-based cocktails. Delicious.
Nose: A crisp, light nose offering up notes of toffee apples, hints of dried flowers and biscuity barley.
Palate: Balanced, biscuit-laden palate with a core of thick, creamy malt. Just a hint of spice and the vaguest whisper of smoke really bring a great deal of complexity.
Finish: A slightly sweet, malty finish.
Overall: A very malty, biscuity blend. It's easy to see why this is so popular in Scotland!
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I have been a Famous Grouse drinker for many years. It has always seemed the best of the blends, which I attributed to Bunnahabhain being one of the constituents. At least, that is what I was told 30 years ago. However, I have detected a change in taste in the last year. It no longer has the immediate impact, and I have rather gone off it.
27th January 2017
Not a bad drop, especially considering the price. However, after a few drinks the price becomes a distant memory, but the taste lingers. I'll keep a bottle of this for getting sloshed, but on days when I want to enjoy nice drop, it's back to Johnny Walker Black.
20th January 2017
13th January 2017
I've heard a lot 'bout the old Grouse from my late dad, amongst others. Mostly good. Never astonishing but nice value for money. What I've tried was of what some consider NEW Grouse. I dunno. Never had the other. But there MUST have been an OLD Grouse, a better one that helped the brand earn its stars. 'Cause its not this one. It's bland, synthetic, short and I can't figure out what mixer deserves such ruel fate as being mixed with this. Maybe I'm missing a point but I'd have Red Johnny any time over this. Half a star, since the bottle is useful.
29th December 2016
I taste grouse on my first Scotland trip in the 80s and loved it since. But the new bottle and design have ruined it. Taste and quality is one thing, but the optics are also important. Haven't bought it since, but yesterday in Istanbul airport I found a few bottles with the old design.
27th December 2016
I love this blended
16th December 2016
A beautiful soft creamy malt with a sweet aftertaste.
13th December 2016
Hi.I have just tasted the what I think is a slightly different blend and I am not impressedThe colour is also different with a slightly reddish tinge.I will be looking for another whiskyafter drinking grouse for years.Why change something that does not need it.
17th November 2016
Beautiful malty whiskey just the job when coming home on cold winters night. Highly recommended
16th November 2016
I saw the Old Grouse on special at my local. I picked it up along with a cheap bottle of Seagrams 7 which was going for a tenner. As anyone reading this probably knows, S7 is a good distance from exquisite. One might call it a boy band of blends. I honestly found it more pleasant, from sip to breath. The malt is gone off and the biscuit has crumbled. For those who remember this once Famous blend, hold on to that memory. Some things don't last, some understandings seemingly cannot be past on.
14th November 2016
Used to be my favourite brand . Just purchased a bottle with the new label design. Won't be purchasing the Famous Grouse again . Why ruin a good thing?
13th November 2016
I had a bottle of this around 2012.it went down brilliantly and I have never forgotten how warm it felt when it went down.top marks for this scotch whisky.
10th November 2016
Just tried the new Famous Grouse under the new label . It is absolutely different. Grouse has been my favorite blend for decades. This stuff was rubbish, could barely stomach it . Back to Grants I guess.
5th November 2016
Best blended Scotch for those who prefer single malt. Rich taste but priced right!
26th October 2016
I wrote to Famous Grouse when the taste changed, at the same time as the label and bottle changed. They wrote back saying nothing had changed, but we know it did and have never bought it since.
24th October 2016
Omg this grouse is no more famous, it's driven me off the blending cliff.
21st October 2016
the smoothest blended scotch i have ever tasted, i used one icecube and it was fantastic.
19th October 2016
Kept sending back in pubs as taste has changed so muchI cannot drink wine, sherry etc and think there is much more in this new horrid tasting FGLove peaty malts but cant afford to drink them every dayBack to Black Bottle but not so much of it aroundA very disappointed former FG lover
11th October 2016
Reason for new label is no more single malts in it...thus, the taste is different.
28th September 2016
Soft, grassy scotch. And that's it.
21st September 2016
My favourite drink for over 30 years. Now it is horrible. What have they done to it and why?
2nd July 2016
The new FG is awful. Tasting like a very cheap whisky. Why have they changed the blend?
21st June 2016
Just tried the New Famous Grouse; awfull tasted synthetic left the mouth feeling as I have just rinsed in mouth wash.Certainly wouldnt bye it again, (come back old grouse ).Only good was the first aroma when I opened the bottle.Big dissapointment 😷
19th June 2016
Great scotch for the money. I like it.
10th June 2016
Gotta say I thought the original taste was perfection. New label is too smokey for me. Before it was a no brainer which blended whisky to select. Not guaranteed now.
6th June 2016
The new taste of Famous Grouse tastes like all the other leading brands that I hate so I won't be buying F.G again, the end of an era, I have now found a supermarket brand that hasn't got that smokey taste and is close to the original F.G, John Carlo.
26th May 2016
Personal tastes;It has a small malty tone, you can feel a hint of vanilla and a very fruity character with a small touch of honey and very little smoke - it also has a small oily "back-taste" which I personally didn't mind as much as my friend.Who should buy it;The reason its the most bought is because of its commercial appeal - its simply put the Bacardi among whiskeys. You can definitely pick one of these up for a party, but its simply not something id suggest that someone should buy to enjoy on a deeper level. It has a low price level and its made for the crowd, particularly your average college students. Works just fine as a mixer, coke and ice lays it down neatly.Cons;The bad parts are the simple and chemical / synthetic taste, the casks are barely present but it has a hint of oak.
23rd May 2016
I posted back on October 15, 2015 asking whether the Grouse had been changed. Evidently I was not the only one to notice a change in my old friend. Since then they have changed the label and the blend has more of a reddish cast...could it be they increased the Macallan in the blend? Ever the optimist, I purchased a new 1.75 L jug. Sadly, I am not impressed. I am seeking a new blend.
20th May 2016
new blend tastes awful
Used to be my favorite! Things have changed and so arriverdici, au revoir and farewell.
14th May 2016
I see your 2.5 star rating and am disappointed. Jim Murray thinks far more highly as do I. Enjoy this and the Black Grouse frequently.
1st May 2016
Have not tried The Famous Grouse with the new bottle and label but have read the label. They no longer mention the single malts used in the blend. Same thing happened a few years ago when Grants "Family Reserve" changed from the yellow label that had some of the singles malts listed to the red label with no description at all. Entirely different blend. A note to the distilleries - please give the drinker of your product some credit. We do notice things like this.
17th April 2016
used to love a drop of grouse chasing a pint, not sure I like it so much now, seems a bit sickly
15th April 2016
I have consumed around 50 bottles of Famous Grouse. Today I bought another and noticed that tha label has changed.Unfortunately so has the taste. It now has a muddy note.I won't be buying it again.
9th April 2016
Great scotch for the money. Smooth enough and has enough variety for me as an everyday after work drink. It's no lagavulin but she'll do.
6th April 2016
new grouse horrid
28th March 2016
The "New" Grouse is not as good as the old … will it be reintroduced ? Perhaps at a higher price …?!
8th March 2016
With the new bottle shape has come a new recipe, so it seems, such a pity!! Has anyone asked why???
28th February 2016
I drink grants and thats hell of lot wiskey. I did get that to present and its shit!
9th February 2016
best scotch short of single malts
15th January 2016
Relatively standard, 82/100 for a blend mark anyway. I got a little scent of strong espresso bit not much more, although this is a slightly better taste than I've had in the past. If only because of the creaminess from what must be a return to sightly higher quality grain.
4th January 2016
First time taster today. Puts Glenlevit to shame. Smooth on the pallets all the way down.
3rd January 2016
What an awful whiskey. Barely tastes like a whiskey for a start. What you do taste is almost artificially sweet, and eventually sterile alcohol. No vanilla or taste of the casks, could have been aged in steel barrels based on taste. Never again.
31st December 2015
I agree with the many of the other reviews that the Grouse has sadly gone down hill. I can only assume satisfying the supermarkets demand to flog it for £15 a litre has had an effect. A great shame.
From a community that enjoys whisky and places it on the table to celebrate occasion from births to weddings Grouse has been our No 1. Replacing Bells in the 60's and I am talking about UK wide. Since the introduction of the current blend, slowly and surely and alternative will be sourced as this blend is awful! in appearance (as a bottle of used cooking oil) and taste just as bad.
24th December 2015
During many years The Famous Grouse has been my favourite among blended Scotch whiskies , but during the latest six months or so , the color , smell and taste has changed . The color is a little violet , the smell and taste has a touch of white spirit and chemical . I can drink it but without delight!So unless the Grouse returns to former qualities , I won´t buy it any more , sorry ! How could you decide to do so ???
Longtime grouse drinkers for an early evening tipple, we find the new grouse is just naff. We are currently searching desperately for the last old bottles on the shelves in shops near us. Bye-bye TFG, it was nice knowing you-suare as heck won't be drinking this new tat.
19th December 2015
new grouse awful
15th December 2015
lf l can buy 1ltr for 15 pounds l will continue to drink it, however l am not convinced the new blend is an improvement. l really don't like the new shaped bottle (whoever thought that a bottle that pours badly was a good idea?)!
Famous Grouse Whisky was our favourite whisky for many years but no more. This new blended disaster has made us look for a different brand. Please can we have the old excellent Famous Grouse back
14th December 2015
Famous grouse is my favourite blended whiskey and tastes nothing like Bells, which is smokey in my opinion .I prefer a single malt to drink neat , but I love Famous Grouse with Stones green ginger wine ... Aka A whiskey Mac . Lee from Forest Town .
29th November 2015
The old famous grouse was superb, it has been changed and now tastes like Bells. This seems to be the only version available in the the supermarkets, could be time for a change.Dave
27th November 2015
It's so smooth that you don't feel it going down.
11th November 2015
Famous Grouse has been my go to blended Scotch for many years.Black Grouse, White Grouse and the regular Famous Grouse have all been stalwart companions here at home, at our summer home in Maine and most memorably on the tailgate after a long day of hunting woodcock and grouse here in New England. Perhaps it is my imagination, but has there been a change in the way the whisky is blended? Am I the only one thinking what I am buying now is not the same as what I was getting in years past? It seems there is more heat and an odd and not very pleasant bitterness to the finish and the way it feels on the back of the tongue?? Has anyone else noticed a change or is it just me?
15th October 2015
A Grouse drinker since 1985, I have placed it in every restaurant I frequent in Dallas and Vail, Colorado, with good results beyond my pleasure!I have retired, but spend almost half the year in the Vail Valley, and have told my wife that if you'd like to bring the Famous Grouse to #1 I would volunteer to take on the other brands. Not even close but I could blow Johnny Walker away with a good effort. You are the best.
13th October 2015
First things first, I just want to say that this is excellent value for money. Can be drank neat easily, very palatable. The tasting notes by Master of Malt is spot on, very creamy and heavy bodied for a inexpensive blend. This is a highland style blend, and you can actually taste the Macallan and Highland park influence. Overall: excellent value for money, one of the best budget sippers out there! PS. The black grouse is good too!
25th August 2015
Of the blended scotch whiskeys this by far the best I have tasted. I will go so far as to say that this is blend is better than most single malts that I have encountered. I read a review earlier that said they would rather drink JW, (turpentine ), even the Blue. No taste buds at all.
23rd August 2015
I'd never had this blend until recently. "Number one blended whisky in Scotland?" I thought it must be good then, seeing as the Scots know their whisky. I wouldn't call this bad, but it's not particularly pleasant tasting to me either. Bland, musty cereal notes and some sickly caramel, and I don't really care to get much more out of this. This blend just screams 'tired cask'. I can say though that this blend is MUCH better with a few ice cubes, which is probably how it's intended to be drunk.While they claim that Highland Park and Macallan are components in this blend, the proportion of these malts in here is very low and they are certainly well young, so this is in no way at all comparable to a well-aged malt like the two aforementioned.I would rather drink Johnnie Walker Red than Famous Grouse. Hopefully the Black Grouse that I also bought will be better. Seems like this one is very much a 'love it or hate it' blend with very little grey area. My impression is "meh". Wouldn't buy again.
8th August 2015
I see that its blend includes Highland Park and Macallan, two of my favorites, so it's no mystery to me why I like it.
24th June 2015
too much caramel and toffee nose with strong wafts of alcohol breaking through absolutely no smokiness at all. For less money I'll enthusiastically go back to Teachers Highland Cream. if you've never tried it just give it a whirl. best blend for very little $$.
26th May 2015
I'am a 50 year bourbon drinker experimenting with scotch after rejecting it at age 20 due to smokey- peaty ash tray taste of whatever brand my first and second and third drink was. The Famous Grouse neat is very flavorful and full bodied to my nose and taste. I get a lasting overarching sweetish toffee with an occasional brief whiff of apples. Palate is medium to slightly thick, sweetish, creamy malt, mid-palate very brief, pleasant puff of smoke. Finish was creamy, sweetish up front. Creamy malt, occasional brief hint of oak and moderate spice, medium short heat. I compared this to a bottle of Glenfiddich12 a neighbor gave me to try, and liked the Grouse just as well. The GF is slightly more delicate and citrusy, not as full flavored to my taste. Would buy again. Trying other blends and single malts. Auchentoshan American Oak is light and delicate with overriding peach and slight vanilla nose, palate is pleasantly sweet citrusy and peaches, Finnish is warm and spice. No hint of smoke or peat in this one. Also no paint thinner or unpleasant alcohol smell on the nose, something I have found on several brands. Not on FG on Auchentosan American Oak. Today was 95 o and Auchentosan AO was a very good drink on ice with a little soda water to cool off. Most refreshing, even somewhat zesty.Terry from Florida
22nd May 2015
A great whisky for its price range. Sometimes prone to sneaking in a bad cask but it hasn't happened to me often. For those who prefer a more smokey flavour, also try the black grouse, or if you want to spend a little more the black grouse alpha edition.
17th April 2015
I absolutely LOVE Famous Grouse!!!Randy from Michigan
13th April 2015
I've been looking for a blend that could replace Johnnie Walker Red as my "daily" blend for when I don't feel like having a single malt. I really was hoping to like Famous Grouse, but I am somewhat disappointed. I can discern very little smokiness, which I am particular to, and the nose as well as the palate have a noticeable solvent-ish quality, which, in the least offensive way possible, reminds me of motor oil. I'm not bashing FG but it really isn't my cup of tea. Probably won't buy again.Graham from TX, U.S.
9th April 2015
I've never seen such a wide range of reviews on a product. That being said, I like The Famous Grouse and I usuallly don't like Scotch. I'll buy again.
31st March 2015
A wonderful blended whisky, I actually like this better than some of the single malts I own. Love the toffee on the nose and the biscuit on the palate.
22nd March 2015
I find this blend too much alcoholic taste. Maybe a bad cask.. or not stirred before on bottle???!! I tryed in juice. Add water. Let it rest for 5 minuts. ;-( nothing helps.. no other flavours apears.. so now I do not dare to buy the Glenturret 10y even though it sounds so delicious and great for my taste... ;-(
17th March 2015
Exceptional blend. Better than most. I'm a bit puzzled by those who compare it to brake fluid. How down on your luck do you have to be to drink brake fluid?!
5th March 2015
taste like plastic
7th February 2015
Love the Grouse. Love the beardy advert. I hope it introduces those of a new (dare I say it, "hipster"?) generation, who have a natural sympathy towards notions of quality and classic products, to what is in my opinion the best readily available blended whisky on the High Street. I hope that for some it's a stepping stone to the wonderful world of single malts. Strutting grouse? Very meh...
17th January 2015
There really is no better blend of scotch whiskey at this price. I would drink it at twice the price and be happy.Beyond excellent! Negative critique-rs are people who really don't know scotch or have a horrible palate. If people knew who makes this fine whiskey and the process it goes through, they would understand why it is superior. I guess getting rid of the riff-raff drinker means more Grouse for lucky me. Do some homework!!!
3rd January 2015
the whisky is still brilliant but the grouse advert is terrible!!! so naff. bring back the bird. guy with beard & selfies are so boring.
30th December 2014
What have you done with the Famous Strutting Grouse?!!!!!!!!!!!!I'm not a whisky drinker but I so looked forward to seeing the Strutting Grouse every Christmas - this year's advert is awful.Please, please, please bring back the strutting grouse for next Christmas................... PLEASE!
Bring back the GROUSE , that's what the brand is all about..not bearded men.
29th December 2014
I usually drink Island or West Coast malts but I won a bottle of Famous Grouse in a raffle and have given it a go. (Never look a gift horse in the mouth!). I'm reminded that FG is my favourite blend - superb, malty Whisky with lovely sherry notes. One for my hip flask whilst out and about.
28th December 2014
like the latest adverts my once favourite tipple is going downhill. not what it used to be and now to cap it all our Christmas grouse has disappeared. This is another customer going elsewhere Popee
24th December 2014
Bring back the grouse in the ad.!!
22nd December 2014
Bring back the proper strutting grouse advert or it will be jingle BELLS for me this Christmas.
17th December 2014
I really miss that strutting bird which we ALL associate with Christmas. The current advert with the bearded selfie is just NOT up to scratch, is boring and proving very repetitive. Please return to the old format.
13th December 2014
Just opened a new litre bottle. Tastes like brake fluid as another has said. Occasionally get a good bottle but a really inconsistent whiskey. Grants ans Bells far superior and often cheaper. We should be served this muck today!
Christmas means many thing to many people , but stupid people trying to look trendy is not one of them. Bring back the great grouse advert, it is looked forward to, and get rid of whatever idiots came up with this years offering.
11th December 2014
Bring him back
Famous Grouse is as famous as the grouse in our traditional foods. Tastes very nice and tasty whiskey.
9th December 2014
By far the worst whisky I have EVER tried. It tastes like brake fluid. Do people really drink this filth?
7th December 2014
Please can we have the strutting red grouse bird advert back instead of those silly men in stupid santa beards.The whisky is super but the advert is crap
I am very disappointed. Christmas is not the same without "THE BIRD" on the television adverts. Rectify please. PS The whisky is super no Christmas should be without it.
27th November 2014
Excellent flavor, nice finish. With Dewars my favorite. I find the bottles consistent
14th November 2014
my choice for many yrs. no after taste. Some of,the blends have more of the smokey peat taste. Not famous grouse.
23rd October 2014
but the colour taste is killing it, i can taste the colour in the aftertaste, like chemicals or something.
9th October 2014
Very smooth. I drink it with a good bit of quality bottled water or soda. Ballantine's would be my next choice for bargain priced Scotch.
4th October 2014
Best Whisky that money can buy?
25th September 2014
very good. A wonderfully smooth Scotch Whiskey.
30th August 2014
best whisky ive tried ..
5th August 2014
A rich smooth taste.I had the pleasure of a bottle one weekend when I was in college 45 years ago; it was grand then and it remains the same.Thank you for the pleasure.William F. HARRELL Sr.
22nd July 2014
I like it. Lots of grain though. I like it!
29th June 2014
best whisky ive tried but has a little nip to it
3rd June 2014
absolutely the best Scotch I have ever imbibed. I have been buying this since my first months in the Army.
After reading so many glowing reviews I picked up a bottle. Nose: old desk, leather. Taste: pretty much the same. Must be a bad batch? Used rest of bottle for tall mixers
29th May 2014
if you wanna spend $100 sure you can find better but I get this stuff for $22 a bottle when it is on sale & have turned so many friends on to it w never a complaint.
4th May 2014
I enjoy blended whisky aswell as single malts but this has to be one of the worst blended whiskies I've had. Burnt treacle and no character what so ever! Not for me!
3rd May 2014
Grouse has Highland Park as a component so it has a pedigree, which can be tasted by the connosier but will go unnoticed by the masses who only down this stuff to get drunk. Has the quality declined in recent years? Of course, they can hardly keep up with demand, and more grain has been added so now less than 20% of it is single malt. Still worth having one for when you want to go unpretentious. Steer clear of Bell, Whyte and Makays and Black Bottle at all costs!
28th April 2014
A good solid blended whisky which has been hyped out of all proportion. At just over 12 euro a litre it's still a good buy but for me does not have the performance of Grants family reserve.
27th March 2014
Smooth and massively superior to Bells. Bells I find harsh with a not pleasant after taste. For the price, just bought for £13 on offer and fluxuates from £13 - £18 for 70cl. Even at the top end is it a whisky well worth the price tag and as good as many single malts.
16th February 2014
13th February 2014
Very good blend - better than cheaper singles
10th February 2014
I HAVE TRIED SEVERAL BLENDED SCOTCHES OVER MY LIFE. WHILE THERE MAY BE A BETTER BLEND I HAVE NOT FOUND IT. THE 12 YEAR OLD BLEND IS EXELLENT.WITH A BASE OF HIGHLAND PARK AND MACALLEN, PROBABLY EIGHT BLENDS. THE NORMAL BLEND DONE IN OAK CASKS IS A MIGHTY FINE BLENDED SKOTCH.
31st January 2014
Wont drink another blend, simply the most accessible blend, at a decent price, perfectly acceptable, wont spend a penny more, unless its a decent Malt.
23rd December 2013
The main problem with this blend is the poor integration with the grain whisky. However IMO this is better than most cheap blends and is quite smooth if somewhat bland.
22nd November 2013
But I am afraid that it will still taste cheap
8th November 2013
An edge better than Bells.... but again only useful for a hot whiskey.Jason Breen
1st November 2013
31st October 2013
As far as blends go this definitely has a place among the better ones. Oak, spices, fruit, grains, malt and touch of smoke; everything in balance. I give it three stars much for its consistency, decade after decade.
18th October 2013
Ok nothing special bit harsh if not with ice.Not bad bog standard blend but cheap and better than most at this price point.
12th July 2013
The scotch is lovely and always smooth and delicious and as for the selection of decent mid end in Canada it is a saving grace unless you have upwards of $85 CDN or US $$ (about the same) for a decent bourbon or single malt. I actually now prefer FG most of the time.
7th July 2013
I only ever buy decent malts these days as i'm now older, wiser and can afford them, but after winning a bottle of this in the Christmas wines and spirits golf tournament thought id give it a go after getting fed up seeing it sat in my drinks cabinet. I have to say I was really surprised at just how smooth it was, and if your on a budget or a tad skint you can do much worse than Grouse.
5th June 2013
best blend i have tasted, highly recommended after a busy day at the office, contact me for great mixers,
31st May 2013
There is an abundance of not very good Scotch around on shelves. This is pleasant enough to not be one of them. It will get you through the day, nicely. Isn't that the point?
29th May 2013
BETTER THASN MOST SINGLE BLENDS
21st April 2013
SCOLAND'S FAVOURITE BLENDED SCOTCH WHISKY.ENJOYED A 12 YEAR OLD,SOMETIME AGO.TRY IT WITH MINERAL WATER.AV RAMPERSAD/TRINIDAD/WEST INDIES.
15th April 2013
Avoids most of the metallic tang of cheaper blends, has a reasonable combination of the bubblegum sweetness that comes with some grain blends, and the dryness of many malts. but lacks any distinct taste on the finish or any complexity to the nose. By no means unpleasant to drink and good value if you shop around. Ideal for mixing - why waste good malt? - but still good enough to drink on its own.
9th April 2013
The Famous Grouse is rather like a languid aristocrat: educated, cultured, comes from a prestigious family, moves in the most exalted circles... but... tends to be dull company. It's a complex, delicately sweet, infinitely smooth dram, but when I'm choosing a blend, I'd almost prefer to go for something a bit more rough around the edges, a bid more of a 'lad'. Grouse is just too perfect, too well-mannered. Great for serving up to your lady guests, but not really that much fun to hang around with.
6th April 2013
Very dry, and not so smooth
12th January 2013
This is my choice of scotches, hands down.
5th January 2013
Deserves its title of The master of the malt, can reccomend this and can also sugest you try the Dark Grouse whisky.
1st February 2011