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The Black Grouse

(70cl, 40.0%)
The Black Grouse

Awards for Black Grouse


Scotch Whisky - Blended - 2014

International Wine & Spirit Competition


Scotch Whisky - Blended - 2013

International Wine & Spirit Competition

Black Grouse Details

(Famous Grouse)

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(41 Reviews)

Black Grouse Bottling Note

A delicious blended whisky, we love this peaty version of Famous Grouse. Jim Murray awarded it 94 points in the Whisky Bible. The Black Grouse, or Tetrao tetrix, is a declining species in Europe.
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Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Medium, quite smoky. Solid peat note, rummy sweetness, touch of dry wood.

Palate: Medium, balanced. Peat smoke, caramel, spice.

Finish: Long, slightly peaty.

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    User Reviews of the Black Grouse

    A surprising pleasure and thrill for a whiskey drinker.

    This whiskey is a first rate beverage by a first-class producer. Black Grouse is smooth, satisfying and utterly first-rate in. It's apprehension. To drink this marvellous whiskey is to experience the best of the best, it it a taste of heaven.

    21st May 2015

    I´m go to proove it tomorrow at night.-

    Received a botlle today I´m never prooved it, hope to be an good drink.-
    I write from Uruguay.- Hope you understand my bad english.- César
    Lo tomaremos con un asado uruguayo.-Saludos

    14th May 2015

    Great Tasting Smoky Peated Blend.

    I bought this 'Black Grouse' Blend recently for £15 on offer at My Local Supermarket and thought it was a chance to give it a try as I have only ever tried the Original 'Famous Grouse' blend in the past.I thought this 'Black Grouse' blend tasted like a 'Single Malt' at first as the taste was superb 'Smoky peated malt' fantastic.What a great value and quality whisky this is even without the offer price.I often treat myself to a 'Single Malt' but this takes some beating for the price and taste.I will now look out for this one again,Well Done 'Black Grouse'.

    21st April 2015

    Pleasantly surprised.

    One of the few blended Scotch Whiskeys that I have enjoyed. Typically, I drink Single Malts, only. Congrats! So, do you sponsor Ron White? If not, you should!

    Zan Zeige

    19th April 2015

    A big let down

    So boring, no character, no depth, just bland

    18th April 2015

    black grouse

    ok underwhelming would not buy it again
    very disappointing , whats all the hype would rate it 55 out of a hundred
    single grain from aldi tastes better than this

    17th March 2015


    I'm sorry, but I was so disappointed. What is this? A strong chemical taste cutting through my taste buds like a samurai sword in the name of whisky? Even when smelling it I get that chemical feel.
    Something went terribly wrong here, do it again, do it right. Please.
    Since it doesn’t even work with coke, it can’t actually get you drunk – and that’s really a bad review from a Swede!

    12th March 2015


    Better than most blends, it doesn't have that awful Saccharin artificial sweetness about it. Its a proper old fashioned whisky.

    22nd February 2015

    Love it

    I usually have single malt whiskey but was absolutely pleasantly surprised with the taste of Black Grouse. I will definitely keep a bottle in stock.

    14th February 2015


    first off let me say I love smokey whisky. Lagavulin is a particular treat and anything from islay in general. However this is the worst thing I've ever had, thin, acetoney, fake peat/smoke taste, at least with normal grouse you can mix it, this is garbage. like a previous reviewer I couldn't bear to pour it out, so at the back of my cabinet shall it remain. (or until I can palm it off to some sucker) Spend £10 more and get a proper 10yr old from islay if smoke is your thing

    31st January 2015

    Damon Icker

    A year ago I met a man who told me he liked blended whisky better than most single malts. Well - it was an opinion. I tasted Black Grouse for the first time recently; it is quite simply the finest whisky that I have ever tasted - well that may be a little excessive but - I've never tasted better.

    30th January 2015

    Give it some time

    Ended up drinking it with a bit of ice, gave it a bit of time in the glass and quite satisfied. Actually enjoyed it a lot!

    5th January 2015


    You can't go far wrong with this. Very drinkable, even at twice the price-point of White Horse here in the UAE, a good all-rounder. Marginally prefer this to JWB. This has a fairly consistent flavour profile whereas JWB seems different on every encounter - not necessarily a good thing when you just want a regular go-to.

    22nd December 2014

    Good stuff (remember it's a blend, popular blend, nothing more)

    It is not Laphroaig...
    It is not Caol Ila...
    It is just good old Grouse with a peaty punch - and I just love it (at that price, of course)

    15th December 2014

    eureka moment

    I always drank my whisky straight, thinking that adding ice or water was sacrilege, how stupid was I? A good friend and whisky lover explained to me that just a couple of drops of water can really open up the flavour in some whisky and it's so true with black grouse, 3 or 4 drops of cold water in a large dram and this whisky is vastly improved and a lovely dram.

    5th December 2014

    Too clever by half

    Inste4aed of all the promo bullshit, why did you not tell us exactly what Black Grouse actually is?

    I presume it is a blend of all single malts but would not know it from your 'review'.

    29th November 2014


    From the first whiff, the whisky gave off a very sour pungency, which was confirmed upon tasting. It was also overly phenolic, and together with the sour notes, it was a very unpleasant experience. Since I cannot bear to pour out a whisky, the bottle has taken residence under the sink at the rear of the cabinet.

    27th November 2014


    a great blend of gentle smokeyness and peat.A lovely long finish.curently my fav tipple.

    22nd October 2014

    Great value

    Nice smoky taste. I like the usual Grouse but the Black is so much better. At this price it is a steal. We all like single malts - cannot believe this is a blend!

    18th October 2014

    Read the reviews, got a bottle-Disappointed!

    A very bland mix. Sure there's a smoky peaty note in there but it's too weak and the whiskey is too mild really has little taste/punch, tasting a few days later after drinking some decent single malt, this stuff is more reminiscent of some kind of water that's had old rubber hosepipes resting in it for months. If you want to enjoy peat, get Laphroig-forget a mix like this (lol). Can't see what the fuss is all about, i'd rather pay more and get something decent.

    17th October 2014

    Very good

    I drink johnie walker black,I was given a bottle of Black Grouse for the holidays.Full taste with some smokey,Very good neet From the mountains of Colorado,USA

    5th October 2014

    Lovely surprise...

    I am stunned really...bought this as it is featured in Ian Buxton's "101 Whiskies...Before You Die"...and his recommendation was spot on...Full, rich, smokey with some peat...a really lovely drop...and I'm stunned that I could pick it up for 16 quid from Sainsbury's...I'm used to paying about 10 times that for whiskies of this quality, complexity and taste...a major find...a very happy one too

    28th September 2014


    Lighter fluid.

    31st August 2014

    Best Blended Scotch, and best value, I have found

    If money were no object I would prefer pure Isle of Islay single malts like Ardbeg, Laphroig and Bowmore, but the Black Grouse comes remarkably close to the real thing, with honey on the front end and deep peaty goodness on the finish, and at a fraction of the cost.

    19th August 2014

    One of the Best Blends for the Money

    If you like a bit of peat in your whisky as well as some toffee/caramel flavouring then give this whisky a try. It is simply one of the best blends for the money that you will find out there. And the price makes this my everyday whisky of choice. Cheers.

    3rd August 2014


    первый виски со вкусом ШПАЛ И РЕЛЬСОВ!

    2nd May 2014

    nice everyday dram

    not bad for the price..I love islay malts so could do with a tad more peat for me..but there is the alpha at a higher is it worth trying that or going for my usaul Lagavulin or Talisker instead..i think the latter two..but still worth getting this for an everyday drink

    6th April 2014

    Good work.

    Glad I've discovered this stuff. I love peated Islay malts, can't afford for those to be my daily dram though. This stuff means I can get my daily peat fix and leave the Ardbeg Uigeadail for special occasions. Well in, Grouse. A cracking blend. I think a tastier whisky would be hard to find at the price.

    4th March 2014


    Not too bad, just missing something.I dont get the peaty/smoke/islay thing, but that might be me.

    22nd January 2014

    What an Improvement !

    Having written-off Famous Grouse as an uninspiring bland blend I was unsure when this Black version arrived as a present. It is so much better than the original, as it adds some great peaty/smoke to the sweet toffee style. It's also great value, but you can't compare it to JW black that has the benefit of 12 years maturation and added complexity and style.

    30th December 2013

    Best value for money.

    I love Islay single malts but cant afford to drink them on a regular basis, this however is the closest you can come to a single malt without the hefty price-tag! My new drink of choice.

    19th December 2013

    Solid value blend

    It's a nice little blend with a very gentle touch of peat/smoke at a very reasonable price. Definitely on the sweet side like Famous Grouse, but not too much. However, you can't expect more than that. It lacks complexity and the flavours just don't seem so well integrated as in truly great blends like JW Black or the Ballantine's 12 or 17. There's also significantly less peat than in Black Bottle, another nice value blend.

    Still, it's not bad at all and a quite acceptable "everyday" sip. At this price point, it's difficult to find a better Scotch.

    5th November 2013

    Smokey, good aftertaste

    fairly new to the world of whisky. After sampling lots of different whiskys at Edinburgh festival have been searching for a blended whisky at an affordable price to get close to the likes of Jura Superstition (among others). not disappointed by the taste:value ratio. Yet to be experienced enough to give an in depth review - but I know what I like and this is great for the relatively low price.

    19th October 2013

    Great blend

    Delicious spice finish,I think this is one of the great differentials of Black Grouse. Balanced peat smoke and chocolate. Oil and smooth. Gorgeous blend, for me one of the best blends.

    12th October 2013

    Spectacular value for money

    As a university student (read: poor as a church rat) in Finland where whisky is taxed like a 16th century english peasant, good whisky at a good price is hard to come by. This is an absolute STEAL. wonderful balance and moutfeel with that gorgeous highland park peat. It is very smooth, so don't expect a big islay smack in the face. This is a subtle but very full-flavoured blend.

    Highly recommended!

    10th July 2013

    I Get My Islay Fix w/o the $$$

    I really enjoy the Islay singles. I wouldn't consider them an every day dram, but in the right time and place there is nothing like them. Laphroaig is great for those dark cold nights and memories of place I'm glad I don't need to go to again. Black Grouse brings those flavors to mind in a most enjoyable way.

    9th February 2013

    Keep returning to this one

    I have 7 or 8 on my shelf, but I keep returning to this in the evenings! Not too peaty, light and better than any other blend I have tried.

    20th January 2013

    A very good blend

    This a good smoky, moderately sweet, lightly tarry blended whisky. The Overall balance is excellent. I think the JW black label is still better. If Black Grouse would be 12 yo, it could make a real difference.

    11th September 2012

    A Good Compromise

    I usually drink Islay malts, but on a recent trip away for work, didn't fancy splashing out the $50+ you'd pay for one in Canada. I knew Black Grouse was a bit more Islay accented than Famous Grouse so bought a bottle to keep me company for the duration and I wasn't disappointed. A slight hint of peatiness betrays its Islay roots, but otherwise it is an extremely smooth and easy drinking whisky. For a blend it is quite complex with hints of golden syrup on the nose with an underlying smokiness and a subtle heather sweetness on the palate with that exciting peaty undertone to keep Islay lovers like me happy.

    21st July 2012

    The Grouseman

    Agree totally with the Best Blend's comments. Is an excellent drink its a pity it doenst get as many mentions as the Famous Grouse

    2nd February 2011

    The best blend

    When I first tried this I thought it was a single malt. A lot of complexity, really a very well made dram. Not so Islay as it is a rich Highland taste. Great finish too.

    6th October 2009

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