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Famous Grouse Blended Scotch Whisky

(70cl, 40%)

Famous Grouse Blended Scotch Whisky

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Famous Grouse Bottling Note

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, and would go on to be known as The Famous Grouse, with the name registered 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.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

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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Famous Grouse Blended Scotch Whisky Reviews

Enjoyable and on budget

A value for money go, you can find out there.
Enjoyable taste, not that intense but for sure for a couple of rounds it keeps up the tones

19th November 2020


A fine drink for the average tipple. Much much better than ANY American whiskey and guaranteed to please every time.

14th November 2020

Not bad but not my thing

I'm no expert so I may be speaking completely out of turn.. my experience is this is a smooth, sweet tasting whiskey that lands somewhere between Jameson and Jose cuervo. Not the best but certainly drinkable.

13th November 2020

I hope to be able to buy this soon in the states.

I had a bottle gifted to me from a true Scotland native that enjoyed it immensely. Since my first taste, it has made me enjoy the tastes and the smells of the Motherland! Very good aroma and the taste is wonderful. I, for one, hope to enjoy this for many years in the states. My friend knows how to pick them!

9th November 2020

Great taste and great value. It is "Whisky" and NOT "Whiskey".

Brilliant whisky. I had my first taste in a British Army Officers Mess in 1979. ( I was a Canadian Army junior Officer attending a year long technical course of studies). Have had this in my home ever since. A 1.14 litre bottle in my village costs me $ 42.95 (Canadian). Great taste and great value.

7th November 2020

Best value in an everyday whisky

This is my go-to scotch for everyday quaffing. Nicely balanced in a Highland Park kind of way. Stands up well to ice and a splash of soda. An excellent base for making Atholl Brose. Can't beat it for the price.

8th October 2020


among all those entry level I have tried this is the best for me, great taste, malty. There are no smoke for sure but for that there are other styles.

7th October 2020

Is this even whisky?

No depth, taste like vodka with whisky flavouring.. thats it.

2nd October 2020

Its balanced, tasty, malty, delicated, blended, what I need more?

I have tried many blended's at this price range and I liked them all and this is by far the best of those, and it's also better than some higher level blended. Neat or with ice it will be my non smoky blended, unless it became inconsistent. With normality the preferred of the scots. Well done.

20th September 2020

Its balanced, tasty, malty, delicated, blended, what I need more?

I have tried many blended's at this price range and I liked them all and this is by far the best of those, and it's also better than some higher level blended. Neat or with ice it will be my non smoky blended, unless it became inconsistent. With normality the preferred of the scots. Well done.

20th September 2020

Still the best blend on offer

This has long been my favourite blended whisky. Reading some of the negative reviews it was striking how inarticulate they all are, verging into crudeness. Perhaps this all says more about the reviewers than about the whisky?

19th August 2020

I love it.

I love it but lately haven't been able to acquire any Grouse in Guernsey, is this new, fresh stock?

18th August 2020


I always remembered Famous Grouse as a respected whiskey. Reminds me of when I was a kid. Picked some up in a shop recently... It has a harsh nose which makes it smell like floor cleaning alcohol. It's a real shame. I hope they're not cutting corners in the distillation process... Maybe it was a fake batch. I bought it in 711, Danshui, Taiwan.

16th August 2020

Will try black grouse and snow

Tried it last night first time like it a lot lovely malty taste

14th August 2020


The bottle I have now is great value budget sipping whisky. Incredible value when on supermarket offer. It always was great for the money and then seemed to change into something harsh and offensive, so I stopped buying it. Needed some bargain cola mixing whisky and picked one up for old times sake and discovered it's great value straight drinking whisky again! So, inconsistent, but when it's good, for the money, it's great.

30th July 2020

A gateway Scotch whisky to single malt for beginners...

For what it is, it's completely unoffensive, accessible and tasty. Hard to find fault with. Very drinkable as it is. I have no complaints. A nice introduction for those who do not know Scotch whisky. And then, if they like it... you hit them over the head with accessible single malts. Mission accomplished.

11th June 2020

A great whisky just to drink any time.

I think it is a great ‘anytime’ whisky. It can’t be disliked. It’s a blend but it doesn’t need to feel inferior. If a lot of people are liking it and drinking it, then that means something. I’m Yorkshire folk and we don’t bother with anything crap. We admire the Scots, they are are almost as mean as we are. And like them, we know what we like.

2nd June 2020

Great budget whisky

Cheap , easy , inoffensive whisky.
Not a bad word to say for the price.
I paid £13 ..obviously not as good as a quality single malts.
But perfectly good enough to sip on

27th May 2020

Wouldna drink anything else.

There's nothing like a wee dram or two of the Famous Grouse Whisky. Yeah cannae beat it. It fair cheers me up!

19th May 2020

My Favourite Blend

Great Blended whisky there's nowt wrong with a Low flyer

16th May 2020

Sour Grouse

Sour on the nose and palate. Harsh finish. Disappointing.

6th May 2020

Complex notes of flavor, make this great for relaxing and entertaining

I tried it reluctantly when poured ba a friend...and then it became a household favorite. It’s a complex and delicious notes make it very desirable to drink. Truly a great value and better than most scotches costing double this price.

After a hard day, when winding down listening to Jazz this is a solid choice. Great for entertaining too.

24th April 2020

Love it my kind of whiskey

Its 1 of the best whiskey I have tasted started in london with my step dad it was too good to give up it came back with me to Singapore has been with me all the way

14th April 2020



11th April 2020

Need to find bigger bottles

Lovely sooth I purchased about 10 4.5 litre bottles last year cannot find any more got loads of empties including the boxes 👍🥃

9th April 2020

Nice. In fact i might have just one more, just one.

Excellent with a slice of ginger some honey and a little bit a cooled boiled water about 80 degrees centigrade.

5th April 2020

Wait till the company explains what happened.

I came to this website because I was startled by the bad smell coming out of the bottle and wondered if anyone else was smelling the same thing I was. I drank a fair bit of FG back in the 70's. Got snobbish and into single malts the last few decades. Needing a volume whiskey, I brought home 750 ml. Nose of rubber hose. Trying to make sense of the highly polarized judgments. Either my nose has changed and now detects a nastiness it couldn't when younger, or there are batches out there that are just plain bad. There's no organized conspiracy. There's just some stinky whiskey for sale under a once-respected label. Quality control! Where are you?

31st March 2020


Used to be really nice.
Now it is best avoided.
The Bastards!

28th March 2020

Nasty rough drain cleaner

Vile, nasty rough cheap liquor. Tastes like isopropyl alcohol. Harsh and violent. Why would anyone drink this rubbish? There are blends out there which are worth buying. This filth is only fit to clean toilets.

9th March 2020

Great budget drop

Great as a budget whisky. Fairly complex and sweet.
And at that price, what's not to like

8th March 2020


Wow! Most reviews miss the cocoa! What a phenomenal note in a scotch!

2nd March 2020

Not bad

Guys, as a new Scottish whiskey drinker rather than Irish, could some of the critics, tell me what they prefer with comments like shite and toilet cleaner I'd be really interested in your normal tipple to try.

29th February 2020

Terrific whisky

By far the best, affordable blend made. Not nasty peaty crap to fool the non-Scots, but true water of life. Ignore the naysayers, buy this whisky!

28th February 2020

Shit to drink.

It smells terribly. No grains, no peat SMOKE. The taste is like shit. Nothing of what I've read in the positive comments HERE. NEVER AGAIN

14th February 2020

-(minus) 10 stars

The worst whisky I've ever drunk. It smells and tastes terrible

17th January 2020

An amazing smooth and tasty blended scotch! I'm a fan!!

I've been drinking scotch for around 50 years. I care more for the Highland scotches. When I first tasted Famous Grouse at a scotch tasting I was told it was a blend of a couple of Highland scotches. It tasted smooth and balanced and more expensive than the $20/Fifth price in Oregon. While it's crept up in price a bit it is still my go-to blend.

17th January 2020

Thumbs up

Normally a fan of Islay malts, particularly Lagavulin 16. However, a recent convert to the Aldi Glen Marnoch Islay malts …. given a xmas gift of Famous grouse and I'm not going to complain. It's a drinkable more than pleasant tipple. Remove the snobbery enjoy the warmth that's Scotch

14th January 2020

Sherry notes

Great value whisky, can taste the sherry notes much better than Bells

29th December 2019

Very tasty and balanced.

It is clear to me that there is an organized effort to denigrate this fine blend. This is my favorite blended scotch. There is a reason that it remains the best-selling scotch in Scotland. My suggestion to all is give it a try, taste it and ignore the opinions of others. The palates of those that squander their review may be a reflection of their personalities not the scotch.

27th December 2019

New Bootles are awful

It used to be the best value standard blended whisky. Now it is just crap on a redesigned bottle.

20th December 2019

Great for the price

One of my favourite's, tastes more expensive.

30th November 2019

Doesn't taste like it used to.

Used to drink this years ago and quite enjoyed it. Haven't tried it in a while but saw it on offer and bought a bottle. Wish I hadn't. Not good.

23rd November 2019

why the bad reviews?

ive heard good things about famous grouse and can see why, i do taste the biscuity flavor and the other well rounded classic scotch flavors, that are well liked by the scots, which is why i can see this being the #1 selling scotch blend, without having to be a single malt...

29th October 2019

Blend changed.

We have favoured Famous Grouse for many years but noticed a few months ago that the blend had clearly changed for the worse. It is difficult to define the change but the nearest is “sweeter”. Such is the change that we have switched brands.

23rd October 2019

Bad whisky

Bad whisky I ever drink,it smell like smelly sock

19th October 2019

Wouldn't clean my toilet with it.

I dont understand the good reviews. I've enjoyed a pretty wide variety of whiskeys out there and have enjoyed most. I have no preference for single malts over a blend. Good is good in my book. This stuff isn't. Tastes like some kind of industrial cleaning agent used exclusively in prisons. Strong alcohol taste. Very little 'Scotch' taste. It's not pleasant smelling, hard on the palate, and worse going down. Best selling scotch in Scotland? Well Karkov tops vodka sales here. Perfect analogy.

24th September 2019

A good budget blend - it is what it is!

This may offend a few people but I don't care. If you buy this expecting, or even comparing it to a well aged single malt then you are an idiot. Because quite clearly that isn't what this is, or is intended to be. It's a budget, young blend along the same sort of lines as Bell's etc. And taking it for what it is, it is very passable. There is clearly a lot of grain whisky in the blend as would be expected at this price point, but that isn't an issue for me as I don't mind the alcohol heavy taste that is produced as a result. Take it for what it is and it does the job.

15th September 2019

I can see why it's a best seller!

Why is there so many horrible reviews? I picked up a bottle of this scotch on a whim, it was inexpensive and I had read some interesting reviews (like Ron White drinks it regularly) and gave it a shot. It's smooth, crisp, and at more than half the price of a single malt.. why not?! Heck of a lot better than Johnnie Walker Black - which is the only blended scotch I really enjoy. HIGHLY recommend you try it!

25th August 2019


If you really know your whiskey you’d be making a big mistake, buying this overly commercialised shite. Zero taste just alcohol. The aftertaste makes you feel like you caught malaria and a dry gob like Ghandis flip flop. ......much better cheap whiskeys out there than this pinnacle crap. Please avoid at all costs!!!

26th June 2019

As an Ex-whisky employee its easy to pick out the poor blends .

Hi there , I recently bought a half bottle of 3 year home trade whisky in a supermarket in Partick in Glasgow . I have to say it was the worst tasting whisky i have ever tasted . I don't know who blended that lot but its got to be a really bad blend . I don't know who the blender is but the malts he is using do nothing for the whisky . Its rank rotten and probably does not have any Islay malt in it which makes it so bad .

21st June 2019


Boyfriend got bought a large bottle by my parents a week ago. He put it in his decanter only to pour some out last night, took a sip and made me smell it. It smelled exactly like White Spirits (Turpentine) and had a thin film floating on the surface. He poured the glass away, and smelt it this morning to double check. He then poured the entire bottle down the sink as both the glass (and decanter) reek of Turps. It’s so overwhelming we are really concerned.

13th June 2019


I'm astonished at how polarized the reviews are... my verdict, over many years of enjoying this blend is, in a word, delicious. Like so many of you, it is my favorite "everyday" (not really EVERY day...) scotch. FIVE STARS *****

10th June 2019


It's garbage. I bought this after reading a few positive reviews but - seriously? This has some weird chemical metallic taste to it. It's dark and unpleasant. It doesn't seem to resemble Scotch Whisky at all. It's something entirely different that begs to be poured straight down the drain. Never again. Zero-point-zero.

21st May 2019


ha - its not Whiskey ........if you love Whiskey , drink Jamison or Tullamore .... they are nice , if you want Whisky , then then is an inexpensive choice ... we like Abelour and Glen Livet as well .....

9th May 2019

No taste, just boring alcohol kick

No taste, just boring alcohol kick

2nd May 2019

Good whiskey for the price

I like it!

15th April 2019

Harshing my mellow

I'm a long time whisky drinker, single malts, blended malts ... I like Speyside so I figured I'd give Famous Grouse a try.
I agree with others, the alcohol note is strong, smoothness is lacking, to the point of unbalancing the blend.
Dosing with water seems to have a deleterious effect. The flavors don't bloom. Grouse is better straight neat, I think....
Short-aging is all the rage in the whisky AND whiskEy business these days. I wonder if Grouse shortened its aging too. Spending less time in barrel could account for the tasting observations being made here.

10th April 2019

Tremendous Balue

Really fine malt nose

Smooth and flavorful

3rd April 2019

Worst Scotch I've ever drunk

Reading the comments, it is clear that "The Famous Grouse" has been changed lately. I had heard some great comments about it and was glad to purchase a bottle for such a cheap price.

It smells terribly. No grains, no peat smoke, just plain alcohol. The taste is very flat and has nothing of what I've read in the positive comments here.

Whatever happened to "The Famous Grouse", it wasn't good at all.

18th March 2019

My new everyday brand.

Just sampled tonight after years of other popular scotch whiskeys. Simply outstanding. Wish I'd discovered it 40 years ago. Thank you WEB Griffin de facto recommendation through "The Corps" series.

5th March 2019


Some of the reviews are baffling! Nothing wrong with this blend, great value!

17th February 2019

Favorite everyday Scotch

Delicious! Tried this in a blind taste test against Macallan, Glenfiddich, Johnnie Walker, and Oban. Without knowing the identity of any of them the Famous Grouse was the smoothest and tastiest. Nose is soft buttery malt, light apple and peach with some gentle smoke and wood, mouthfeel brings palate of mild malt, honey, faint vanilla and fruit with semi-sweet chocolate, oak and a heavy dose of graininess. It finishes with some slight bitter wood/chocolate notes and fading honey malt.

11th February 2019

Denatured alcohol

Smells like denatured alcohol. Tastes harsh and sour. Never tasted the old one but I will never buy this crap again. Even Jack Daniel's is better than this. Doesn't even blend good.

12th January 2019


+ banana peels. chocolate truffles. velvety mouthfeel.

good luck to Mr. Xxxxx below, and a happy New Year to all!

31st December 2018


Have not tried it yet. Hope to buy a bottle later this week.
But I have a Famous Grouse clock hanging proudly in my family room.

27th December 2018

The Famous Grouse

With a splash of water.

Young malt. Baked apples. Sweet. Anise seeds, bit of licorice. Soft sweet tangerines. Orange peels. Allspice. Cloves. Ginger. Bit floral. Peppermint. Cardamom. Chamomile. Cinnamon. Vanilla. Burnt caramel, in a good way. Big treacle. Unprocessed honey.

All in all, well blended.

26th December 2018

As above.

Absolutely fantastic!

20th December 2018

Not So Famous Grouse

What have they done to The Famous Grouse. I am a Single Malt Whisky drinker but occasionally will drink and enjoy a blend. I recently finished my last litre bottle of Famous Grouse which I first opened quite a while back. I thoroughly enjoyed this blend with the Highland Park and Macallan overtones. My recent purchase has left me thinking what am I drinking. Verdict - Not So Famous Grouse.

14th December 2018

Don't buy a bottle until you try

Smell is bitter alcohol. Took a few sips to get past the harsh alcohol that overpowers the flavour. Once I acclimatised I was getting slight smoke aftertaste. Palette had caramel, spice. I do like the mouthfeel of this dram, soft. Did leave my mouth and lips quite numb after few mouthfuls which was unpleasant.

14th December 2018

Used to be my favorite, but now it is the worst whisky I ever drink.

It used to be my favorite blended whisky. Nowadays it is simply impossible to drink. They messed up with the blend and made it the worst whisky I ever drink.

3rd December 2018

5 stars, best blend scotch around!

This is quite simply the finest blended scotch whiskey made. Affordably priced at around $20 bottle, crisp with a light nose this golden gem goes down super smooth with toffee apples, slight matly notes & a hint of spice. Absent are any prominant peety notes. My preference: I drink it cold with a half teaspoon of water

12th November 2018

Total disappointment

Total disappointment

22nd October 2018

What's gone wrong?

The way it tastes now it's going to be famous for all the wrong reasons. Absolutely nothing like it used to be. Tastes watered down before you start. Get back to the old blend please.

6th October 2018

The best value for money

A great value for money blend - a must have in my cupboard at any time of year

2nd October 2018

Not a whisky for me.

Much too sweet.

28th September 2018

The World Famous Grouse.

This was my grandfather's favorite. And therefore it was my first taste of the beautiful world of whisky. I have been drinking a lot of this. Very good for the price. My grandfather passed away 20 years ago, and my taste buds have developed and demand more. I've been exploring more complex whiskies in recent years. This is nevertheless a decent dram. Still love you, grandpa Henrik.


9th September 2018

You can't beat this blend for the money

Hey, for less than $16 per bottle here in St. Louis at Total Wine & Liquor, this blend is a steal! Wonderful flavor, honey-smooth...this is my go-to Scotch that doesn't break the bank. And its cousin, the Smokey Black, is awesome, too. My favorite single-malts are Laphroaig, Highland Park, and Bowmore; I love the peaty flavor of the Islay and Orkney malts. But spending $40+ U.S. on these faves doesn't sit well with the wife, so they're a treat when I do buy them. Hence, my everyday choice of the Grouse. Can't be beat for the money IMHO.

9th September 2018

Great value

Very nice taste, slightly too hard to drink after one drink but I put this down to my inexperience with whiskey and my tolerance to its strong overwhelming flavour.

2nd September 2018

Let you know after the party!

I have The Grouse years ago and it was very smooth, and a great sipping whisky for a little southern girl of Scotch Irish heritage. I have bought a very large bottle and want to have a party for my son and his in-laws. What pairing of food would go well with Rob Roy cocktails. Have not tasted new so do not know if awful. Hell, i hope not. It was extremely smooth when i was in my late 30s. Now almost 70. What pray-tell could have changed?

4th August 2018

Was good, now awful

Used to be one of my favourites. Recent change has made it virtually undrinkable - coarse, harsh and unpleasant in every way. It's totally lost that smooth honey sweetness, and is now almost acidic, with an astringent nose to it. Not buying it again.

21st June 2018

Not impressed this has changed

Not how it used to be and tasted sharp and had none of the sherry influence it used to have. Mixer only. Bring back the old grouse

18th June 2018

Change it back

Famous gross

6th June 2018

Stop messing with perfection.

I used to love Famous Grouse, which was the perfect whisky with soda, which was my favourite drink. However, in the last couple of years, they have messed with the blend. Then they produced Mellow Gold, which I loved, but that seems to have disappeared. I tried Bourbon Cask last week, which was awful. Thin, tasteless and I was not even sure it was whisky.
Please go back to the classic Famous Grouse.

3rd June 2018

Very little flavor

I agree with the reviewer below who wrote, "There is nothing in this that resembles scotch." The least flavorful scotch I've ever had. Nothing offensive, but not much flavor.

1st June 2018

Changed for the worse

This use to be my favourite blended scotch but now I can hardly stand the stuff. It has a faint taste and smell of its old self but mostly tastes of cheap grain whisky. What a shame as I won't be spending another penny on the stuff

13th May 2018

Excelent in my opinion and mouth

Great bouquet, taste is beautifully blend leaves a smooth flavor at the end with a hint of smokeyness from the barrel. I does not need anything added no ice no water I drink it plain to savor the grain blend .

22nd April 2018

Worthy only of soda/coffee

Doesn't deserve to be called whisky. I have a broad taste and can find something to enjoy in most whiskies but this is not one of them. There is nothing in this that resembles scotch, compared to the old grouse this is a disgrace.

21st April 2018

It's actually fine!

Some of these reviews are really weird - it's actually fine.

27th March 2018

Had better before

Bring back the old Grouse, the oldos much smoother, the new stuff is like mixed with hard ethanol.

25th March 2018

What happened to the old Grouse?

Mildly offensive

17th March 2018

What happened!?

Seriously - I used to drink this about a year or two ago and it was solid blend. I purchased a bottle recently and stench of grain whiskey and rubbing alcohol was so intense it was undrinkable. Something seriously has gone awry here! Too bad, because this was a blend I could depend on for a mid-week drink. Now it's something reserved for mixed drinks only.

11th March 2018

Rotten whisky???

I bought a giant £70 bottle from Morrison’s. Tastes like high commissioner it was rotten gave it away to someone I didn’t like you conned me???

4th March 2018

I wouldn't even call it a whisky

I've tried all sorts of scotch whisky from 30 year Speyside single malts to bottom shelf supermarket blends. This is by far the worst whisky iv ever tasted in fact I wouldn't even call it a whisky. There is absolutely ZERO cask influence going on. I assume none of the components of this blend have been matured for no more than a day in overused casks that should have been discarded about 50 fills ago. Disgusting!

2nd March 2018

Not good

Overpowering taste of icing sugar from the obviously dominant cheap grain in the blend. Quite unpleasant. Nothing like it was a couple of years ago. Avoid this whisky.

1st March 2018

Mediocre get back to something I like please.

1st of March 2018, my first taste of Famous grous in 2018. This is a different whisky alltogether from previous blends. What is going on!!! Peatier ( not realy a problem) less sweet ( my impression ) not really as enjoyable, much less smooth, that is the sad part. Stronger 40% abv against 37% than in the older version. I will not buy more any for a while.

1st March 2018


My dad always had a bottle of Grouse and as it brought back memories of times when he was alive I impulsively bought a bottle. I don't know if my tastes have changed but its not the drink I remember. Disappointing

23rd February 2018

First class blend

I'm a single malt drinker mainly, but when I want to pinch the pennies I drink blends. And I've settled on the Famous Grouse.
First off, it has a Highland Park component and Highland Park has two virtues: it's a wonderful whisky and it dominates blends.
It is true that the principle difference between Highland Park and the Grouse is the grain alcohol, and yes it's noticeably there. Continuous production stills leave their mark.
But even so, what would the competition be? Grant's? No contest. Teacher's? Not likely. Grant and Mackay? Maybe, but not really. Some will prefer it, more won't. It has virtues.
But most people will find, (and of course you can't please all of the people all of the time) that FG still leads the blend pack. You won't find anything better on the market today without going for a full-blown single malt. As a matter of fact, FG is better than many a single malt! Some absolute horrors carry that proud appellation, and dozens of them can't match the Grouse even though they cost three times as much.

So it's the Grouse or pony up the money for a proper single malt, your choice.

btw I notice the "customers who bought this also bought,,,," mentions Teacher's, Grant's, Whyte and MacKay and Bell's. Excellent! If you try these four blends plus my beloved Grouse you will have covered every possibility of the best blend available.

12th February 2018

It is like a low resolution trailer to full feature movie in HD.

Cheap blend, I bought it for 22 euro in Ireland. Quite subdued. On the nose, sherry and very faint smoke, promising some good taste experience. Arrival sweet but not pronounced. Followed by oak and quite a burn (upon first sip). Next sips less burning, watery. The taste is not as nice as nose was telling me.
Finish is short and developing into zesty bitterness like grapefruit or angostura bitters. This bitterness also doesn't last long.
Lots of e150, the colour in the bottle looks very fake but in Glencairn/copita is more acceptable.
Definitely it's a polarizing dram, you either love it or hate it.
I am not going to purchase another bottle soon as I was put off by the bitterness at the end but some people may love it.

12th February 2018

the best (sweetest, complex) blend of the zero-peat type

Of the type --- sweet, lightish but with depth and notably tasty, clean balances of caramel with floral notes, more complex and richer than say J&B --- the best blend, to my palate. (Unless you need peatiness, in which case go for Teacher's, White Horse, JW Red, and suchlike.) Some malt, I suppose. Low grain cereal aftertaste. I have read more than one screed about change of mashbill or whatever, but have not myself experienced that, not even close. Have been drinking it for 40y.

11th February 2018

A Scottish Institution has died.

This new Grouse has quite literally had the heart ripped out of it. Will never buy again. A tragedy. Those who signed off on this are going to hell.

18th January 2018


Smooth.Def. better than the other cheap ones.

16th January 2018

Changed... for the worse!

I have been drinking FG for years and always enjoyed its smooth taste. It has been my favourite blended brand by far. However, I opened a new bottle last night that I had receieved over xmas (new bottle style incidentally) and immediately I was not impressed. In a taste test there is no way I would have identified it as FG. The smooth taste is now quite harsh and lingers in your throat, and the colour is definitely darker. I don’t know what has been done but PLEASE sort this out and refer back to the old blend :(

13th January 2018


Without sounding like a grouse, Famous Grouse has gone seriously down the pan. No nose, heavy synthetic toffee/caramel taste. I’ve tasted cheap supermarket blends that far outweigh this. God awful :-(

11th January 2018

Just perfect.

Excellent. Great taste and aroma.

7th January 2018

What the hell have you done?

I used to enjoy FG in the old Days (80-90's). I use to enjoy it for what it was. A cheap blended whisky with a rounded taste. I had an old bottle left from the end of the 90's that we opened just before Christmas. I bought a new one yesterday and it taste like shit... the blend is way off. Nowadays I could easily mistake the FG for the thinner that I clean my brushes in. Horrible!

5th January 2018

Don't Judge out of hand...

Looking at the previous reviews, I feel FG is getting an unnecessarily bad rap. I have found that the right amount of water added to FG is crucial for the best experience. That amount is up to the taste of the individual. Once found, FG will never fail to disappoint with round rich, full biscuit flavors and more. It's up to you....

22nd December 2017

The original Famous Grouse RIP

Unfortunately my taste buds tell me that the this whisky has lost its previously smooth taste. This was my favourite blended whisky - but no more. Yesterday I found a small bottle that I had saved from a few years ago - it was so much better than the Famous Grouse currently being sold. I suspect more grain & less malt in the current blend.

19th December 2017

Lost it

Why are so many lower end blended whiskeys doing this. Lost all its character to please the 'no taste' whisky drinkers. Given up on grants, bells, whyte&mcay and buying the jamesons & Ballantyne which haven't lost their traditions like this lot, poor.

14th December 2017

Gone downhill

Used to be fine but recent bottle (Nov 2017) almost undrinkable. Horrible.

8th December 2017

Strong caramel

I’m no expert, but this blend seems dominated by a very strong caramel accent that seems to obscure it's whisky spirit.

7th December 2017

Absolutely worth buying - Caleb Z

Sooo smooth and it just feels like warmth. I’ve had Famous Grouse every day for five days. It’s a great blend and one of most favorite Scotch. I strongly advise new people to try this blend, it will definitely not disappoint, my guarantee. For the cost, it’s worth it.

1st December 2017

harsh and boring

As others say, this is no longer a nice whisky. It starts with a petrol nose and moves on to a distasteful and fundamentally uninteresting flavour with no journey and no depth. For the same money get a bottle of Campbeltown Loch for a nice peaty uncomplicated blend, or try Cutty Sark Prohibition, a tasty honeyed dram for just a little more.

15th November 2017

You simply can't beat this blend

For the money, you simply can't beat this blend. Smooth. Honey-flavored. Soft on the pallete. This is my go-to Scotch for everyday. An incredible value.

14th November 2017

In summary, I asked those who try Famous Grouse two be open-minded and they will find it a great experience

I am absolutely flabbergasted by the negative reviews of Famous Grouse. Like some of the other reviewers, I am not a connoisseur of scotch only having drank Scotch for approximately 10 years. And honestly I have only tried probably four or five different types of scotch. Initially I enjoyed single malt but then tried Famous Grouse about 3 months ago honestly due to the price. My taste buds tell me that it is the best Scotch I have ever had. Speaking as a psychologist, I'm thinking negative reviewers are thinking the taste is changed simply because the bottle style was redesigned. The bottom line is that our taste is an individual experience based on a lot of factors and I encourage anyone who reads these negative reviews to make your own judgement based on how you enjoy Famous Grouse

15th October 2017


I echo the earlier comments on Grain whisky. Reminded me of Haig Club - good if you take with a mixer but if (like me) you drink neat, Bell’s is the best of the blends. Jonathan

13th October 2017

Recently ruined

It has been ruined; from 5 star for a blend to 3 stars.

7th October 2017

A great blend for the money many bad reviews here! Not from me, however. This has become my "go to" everyday Scotch. I'm a big fan of the single malts...particularly the peatier Islay malts such as Laphroaig...but I simply can't afford those on a regular basis. My brother turned me onto the Famous Grouse blend; he and his college buddies used to drink it back in the day, calling it the "Kickin' Chicken" LOL. I thoroughly enjoy the smooth, honey-like taste of Famous Grouse. In my opinion, for the money this one can't be beat. Very enjoyable.

5th October 2017

Should be renamed "Famous Grain"

Should be renamed "Famous Grain" because grain whisky is all I can taste in this. If there's any malt I'd say it's less than 20% so what's the point may as well just make it a single grain. The worst blended malt I've ever tried. Whyte an Mackay, Grants and even Bells are leagues ahead of this. Grouse has seriously gone down the swanny!

23rd September 2017

liquorice taste

I am not a connoisseur and usually like any whisky, but opened a litre tesco bottle last night and had to pour the glass away. It tasted like liquorice. I then smelled the bottle (usually whisky gives off a strong smell, but it seemed quite weak). I thought it might be a counterfeit bottle until I read this site. I will try it again tonight in case it was my taste buds.

22nd September 2017

What has happened to the blend?

What has happened to my favourite blended whisky - bought bottle of standard Famous Grouse today from Tesco and it tastes like Bells. Yuk

13th September 2017

Don't buy till sorted ....

I have been enjoying both Famous Grouse and the Black version ( now Smoky Black) for years. But, and it's a big but , the standard version has completely changed in a bad way .
Thank goodness Grants and Bells are still good for standard blends .

5th September 2017

Not nice

Was looking for a cheap easy drinking whisky thought I'd try FG, wish I hadn't bothered, thought I'd mistakingly bought thinners! Guess I'll have to drown it in ginger ale.

18th July 2017

If it ain't broke . . . .

I've been an FG drinker for years. If it worked, why did you try and fix it?
Bring back the old FG IF YOU DARE, (if you even can???) and let your customers vote with their wallets.

17th June 2017

New FG blend distasteful

FG was my go-to blended scotch since 1989. Have tried a few others, but ended up with FG again. Bought a new shape bottle a few months back and noted darker color and a distinctly different blend. I persevered and bought another bottle with the same result: the blend has definitely changed - for the worse !

Finding Ballantines may be a suitable alternate. Bye bye FG....

15th June 2017


One of the better no age statement blends available. Tasting notes, ginger biscuits, toffe, real ale. Has a suppressing long malty finish. I like this blend.

30th May 2017


FG has descended to the realm of Cheapo blends. Too bad. It was great. If it wasn't turning enough profit, couldn't they just raise the price instead of cutting quality? Again, too bad.

12th May 2017

Value, smooth, very drinkable

Excellent value .... very mellow with hints of apple and caramel . Great for the beginner who wants to drink it neat. I was one of those single malt snobs but truly enjoyed this.

7th May 2017


Have enjoyed plenty of FG in the past. This week I bought a bottle from local Tesco...the taste is disgusting.
Nearly took it back to Tesco until I read the reviews here...seems the taste change was deliberate.
The only way I can drink it is with plenty of ginger wine. I won't be buying FG again.

14th April 2017

Famous Grouse has changed in a bad way!

Something happened to this blend in the last few months. Very different from before and not in a good way. Does anyone know what happened?

9th April 2017

Not the same taste

Thought it was my tastebuds! I have consumed many bottles of Famous Grouse over the years and enjoyed nearly every single one of them. Recently I thought I was imagining things, surely they wouldn't change such a successful combination. Now having read the comments I can see I'm not imagining things at all. Evidently I've just bought my last bottle of FG!

6th April 2017

An all time favorite!

I was in London out with friends. Normally I drink Johnny Walker Black. My friends insisted I could not pick it out of a taste test. They lined up five scotchs I sampled each one, followed by water to cleanse the palate. I picked out the Johnny Walker Black, to their amazement but then went back to one and said.....This is wonderful! What scotch is this? The Famous Grouse! Now one of my favorites along with Macallans single malt!

12th March 2017


Just pretending to be smoky blend. A lot of column still spirity stuff.
Ballantines is far better

4th March 2017

Has the blend changed in last year?

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 bad for the price.

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

Best served with hot water and honey on a cold winters night.

Lovely stuff.

13th January 2017

Wow. That can't be right

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

Fond memories

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

Martin Butterworth

A beautiful soft creamy malt with a sweet aftertaste.

13th December 2016

Mr. Ryan James

Hi.I have just tasted the what I think is a slightly different blend and I am not impressed
The colour is also different with a slightly reddish tinge.I will be looking for another whisky
after drinking grouse for years.Why change something that does not need it.

17th November 2016

Lovely wee dram

Beautiful malty whiskey just the job when coming home on cold winters night. Highly recommended

16th November 2016

Baffled ... what happened to the old bird?

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

ok by me.

I had a bottle of this around went down brilliantly and I have never forgotten how warm it felt when it went marks for this scotch whisky.

10th November 2016

Its different

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

Tom Dooley

Best blended Scotch for those who prefer single malt. Rich taste but priced right!

26th October 2016

They denied making any changes!!!

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

Infamous grouse

Omg this grouse is no more famous, it's driven me off the blending cliff.

21st October 2016

famous grouse

the smoothest blended scotch i have ever tasted, i used one icecube and it was fantastic.

19th October 2016

New Famous Grouse

Kept sending back in pubs as taste has changed so much
I cannot drink wine, sherry etc and think there is much more in this new horrid tasting FG
Love peaty malts but cant afford to drink them every day
Back to Black Bottle but not so much of it around
A very disappointed former FG lover

11th October 2016

new label

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

They've ruined it.

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

MR SDawkins

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 Taste

Great scotch for the money. I like it.

10th June 2016

Smokey Bandit

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

Change of taste

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.

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

Good bye Old Friend

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

20th May 2016


Used to be my favorite! Things have changed and so arriverdici, au revoir and farewell.

14th May 2016

Excellent everyday dram

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

Read the Label - Scotch Drinker in Ontario, Canada.

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

It used to be good

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

Scotch over rye

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

why change a good whisky

new grouse horrid

28th March 2016

Marketing ploy ...

The "New" Grouse is not as good as the old … will it be reintroduced ? Perhaps at a higher price …?!

8th March 2016

Andy pandy

With the new bottle shape has come a new recipe, so it seems, such a pity!! Has anyone asked why???

28th February 2016

Not good

I drink grants and thats hell of lot wiskey. I did get that to present and its shit!

9th February 2016

Famous grouse

best scotch short of single malts

15th January 2016

Remember that it's a blend

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

Big Dog

First time taster today. Puts Glenlevit to shame. Smooth on the pallets all the way down.

3rd January 2016

Very disappointed

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

Downhill and fast

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.

31st December 2015

Mr Whisky drinker

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

What has hapened to The Famous Grouse ?

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 ???

24th December 2015

new grouse is no good

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

why change

new grouse awful

15th December 2015

New bottle shape

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?)!

15th December 2015


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

Favourite blended whiskey

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

Famous Grouse changed

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.


27th November 2015

Superb whisky

It's so smooth that you don't feel it going down.

11th November 2015

Have they changed the Grouse?

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

Famous enough Grouse in the U.S.

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

One of the Best blends in class!

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

C. Currie

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'm underwhelmed.

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

A nice blend at a good price

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

I wanted to like this

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

Famous Grouse for the first time/Auchentoshan review also

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

Great for its price

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

Never had the privledge to see either ad......

I absolutely LOVE Famous Grouse!!!

Randy from Michigan

13th April 2015

Not my thing

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

James Bean

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

Famous Grouse.

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

Famous? How?

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

horrible !

taste like plastic

7th February 2015

Love the whisky, love the beard.

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

Cheers to the GROUSE!!

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

Please bring him back!

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!

30th December 2014

No Grouse Advert, boring beared men is a NO" NO"

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

Going downhill

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!

13th December 2014

the grouse

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

christmas grouse missed

Bring him back

11th December 2014


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

the red grouse

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

7th December 2014


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

My favorite blend

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

if every bottle tasted the same as the one i had last week, this would be my top dram

but the colour taste is killing it, i can taste the colour in the aftertaste, like chemicals or something.

9th October 2014

Excellant value for the money.

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

S Abraham

Best Whisky that money can buy?

25th September 2014

Wayne F. Eisele

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

What a value!

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

Colonel John J. Murphy

absolutely the best Scotch I have ever imbibed. I have been buying this since my first months in the Army.

3rd June 2014

Chivas or black label any day

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

Can't beat it for the price!

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

Get a Grouse in You

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

Nogood boyo

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

Great Blended Whisky

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



31st January 2014

Best Blend

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

Not bad

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

Only for coctails

But I am afraid that it will still taste cheap

8th November 2013

Oh dear..... not good

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

my everyday from canada

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

one of the best blends

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

mr birbal

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



21st April 2013



15th April 2013

undistinguished but balanced

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

An excellent quality, but somewhat unexciting blend.

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

Old Jim

This is my choice of scotches, hands down.

5th January 2013

First Review

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

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