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Famous Grouse Smoky Black

(70cl, 40%)

Famous Grouse Smoky Black
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Famous Grouse Smoky Black Bottling Note

A new name and packaging for the excellent 'Black Grouse' blend sees it become Famous Grouse Smoky Black. Although not mentioned by name anymore, the bottle still features a Tetrao tetrix, otherwise known as a blackcock.

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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Famous Grouse Smoky Black Reviews

Disappointing. Thin and too sweet.

I like the standard Grouse so gave this a try being a fan of the Islay single malts. Very smooth but to the point of seeming watered down. Too sweet and with none of the pleasant ‘burn’ that I associate with real whisky. Almost seems low alcohol even compared to standard Grouse. Only paid £15 but you get what you pay for. Will spend my next £15-20 on standard Grouse or JW.

17th January 2018

Meltin Sindy doll of 76

Smells like my Sindy doll being melted by my brothers magnifying glass in the Summer of 76. Taste matches my disappointment then and now. Poor product!

4th December 2017

Absolutely gorgeous

Very smooth whiskey

24th November 2017

Smokey charm and easy sippin'.

My peated Islay single malts are for savoring. This is for drinking. One of my absolutely favorite bottles to share with friends of difference experiences and tastes. Smokey enough to add character, smooth enough to make for easy sippin' by the campfire.

19th November 2017


Read the Reviews I found that this was a nice palatable Whisky worth the price would recommend to anyone.

5th November 2017

Nasty, truly awful

Totally agree with the previous commentator. This is a truly nasty whiskey. The burnt smokiness is totally synthetic, totally nasty and without any merits at all. You are not getting an "Islay" on the cheap here, it is the worst whisky I have tasted in a long time. It was a gift and I feel the purchaser was duped by a marketing exercise created in lab rather than a distiller.

15th October 2017

Truly awful!!!

For me this is by far the worst whisky I've tasted in some years. Very unpleasant on the nose - like burnt clutch/burning rubber. Taste not much better. No smoke or peat to speak of. Very artificial. Can't think of anything good to say. Yes it's cheap but Aldi single malt Islay whisky is cheaper and far superior if you're after peat and smoke on a budget.

23rd August 2017

No smoke, but good

Very good for such a cheap whisky.
Nothing smokey about it though so if you expect that you will be disappointed.
It's kind of sweet, in some way reminds me of highland park 12. But don't expect it to be as good. It's just a nice weekday and mixing whisky.

31st July 2017


Trovo che il the famous grouse smoky black, è un ottimo whisky blended torbato, (questo serve per avvicinarsi ad un più complesso whisky di malto torbato). Sapore giusto ben dosato anche di fumosita', che ultima al palato arriva con molta delicatezza, il caramello lascia spazio a sufficenza per gustare questo ottimo blended....prezzo ottimo.

11th June 2017

Nothing "smoky" about it

I didn't expect anything like Johnny Walker's "Double Black", but there'e really nothing "smoky" about this blend. Very disappointing to say the least. Too artificial/fake. One of the reviewers described it perfectly " train soot blended with a cheap grain". Spend 5 extra bucks for any other blend, it'll probably be well worth it.

28th May 2017

Pretty good blend

I've tried a few blends recently just to prove to myself that malt is really worth the money. There's no doubt you can taste this is a blend - no masking that sweet graininess - but the presence of higher quality peated malts makes this much more enjoyable than standard Grouse or Grants. The smokiness is on the subtle side but for the price range I'd say not bad.

4th May 2017

I think it's great!

Wow. Looking at all the negative reviews of this blend here makes me question my own taste, but I happen to think it's great! I love the peaty malts, with my favorites being Laphroaig, Bowmore, and Highland Park. So I know a good "smoky" malt when I taste it. In my opinion, for the money this can't be beat. I love the regular Famous Grouse, too.

3rd May 2017

dirty smoke

like train soot blended with a cheap grain. ill try it as cocktail 'smoker' but definitely inferior to black grouse.

1st May 2017

Not great. Pay more, get Much better.

A very heavy nose of school plimsolls. A pleasent enough taste, but very inferior to Black grouse.

12th April 2017

I used to love her. Not just rebranded. Different recipe. Awful now.

I loved this when I was The Black Grouse. But, they have actually changed the recipe now and it tastes awful.
I occasionally find a few bottles of Black Grouse in Co-Op stores and grab them!

11th April 2017


Fair enough taste as value. Worth of taste and price.

7th March 2017

not good

Very poor, I would never dream of adding any thing to any whisky. However it's now full of Irn Bru, it's the only way it's remotely drinkable, it's like a fake watery cap'n morgan, the diet version, with chemical sweetness. Do yourself a favour and buy any other whisky

18th February 2017

Affordable Peat

Has the typical short comings of a blend. A bit too sweet, but complex enough to merit a second look. The Famous Grouse Smoky black is far superior to standard blend. However the sweetness will definitely dissatisfy those who regularly enjoy heavily peated single malts such as Laphroaig or Ardbeg. Worth a look if you are on a budget, not nearly as bad as some other reviews state.

29th January 2017

Don't bother

Like Ardbeg's ghost drowning in watered-down rum. 1.5 stars because it was only £16 in Sainsbury's.

26th January 2017


Smells like rubber band, tastes like you'll never have a whisky again.

25th January 2017

Budget Peat

Not terrible. The Black Grouse was better, although I was only able to sample one bottle of The Black G.; the Smoky Black is OK when Laphroaig or Ardbeg or Lagavulin is out of the budget, if a peated malt is what you need.
Not as bad as some critics call it here.

14th January 2017

Okay. Good for mixing.

Wouldn't recommend drinking it on its own, however, it's an inexpensive way to add a bit of "smoke" to a cocktail.

7th January 2017


Brill, Peaty, Malty, Smooth just as it says on the bottle.
Value for money , Very Moorish .

1st December 2016

burnt sugar

Is this even whiskey? will not finish bottle

14th November 2016

Don't bother....

Expected somepeat smoke or charred notes in the blend -instead found a lightweight cheap tasting "not wanting to offend anyone" synethetic dram. Can't recommend it, won't be drinking the rest of the bottle extreme let down.... Sorry folks that how it was!

12th November 2016

Very disappointed in smoke range

I tried this for 20GBP but it tests very cheap, no any smoke flavor, rather you feel like something plastic is burning near to you. Bitter in test no any smoothness. I tried Laphroaig, one of the best Isle malt whiskey. Never buy Famous Grouse Smoky Black even if available at 10GBP/70cl. If you want to harm your test then you can go for it.

31st October 2016

Recipe change for the worse!

For a cheap blend, Black Grouse was pretty good. Unfortunately this bears no resemblance to the former recipe. I always worry when an affordable blend starts referring to 'rare' ingredients like Glenturret, as it sounds like they are trying to cover something up. I admit that I was tasting a variety of whiskeys alongside this, including some very ballsy bourbons, but despite this I would still describe this as characterless. The current price is £20 - you can get something like Buffalo Trace or Bulleit for the same, and it has far more character.

23rd October 2016

Grouse fan gone

I have always been a fan of Famous Grouse. The 18 is a bargain and a very good whiskey. I am a peat fan so the Black Grouse was my "go to" whiskey - I loved it - until recently. The latest release of Black Grouse has a column still base and the complexity is gone.
This latest "swill" called "Smokey Black" is horrible. The nose is like opening a bottle of Liquid Smoke and the taste is similar to dumping an ounce of Liquid Smoke in a bottle of cheap vodka! I'm afraid of what may have been done to the 18. Strike Famous Grouse off my list. I am sad to see it go but it's had a good run.

28th September 2016

Nice weekday nip

Fair to say it's not an Ardbeg nor nowhere near it, but it has a twang that's fairly enjoyable

29th August 2016

Makes me miss the Black Grouse

Drinkable but would look for something else in the locker before doing so. Smooth but not enough Peat. Was looking forward to this but now looking forward to something else.
Glad it only came in 750.

20th June 2016

Very forgettable

Workman like cheap blend. Not awful but nothing here to go back for. Tried this as was £20 in Sainsburys for a little extra go for JW black by far the best every day blend out there

3rd April 2016

Good for the price

Bought on offer for £16. Think full price was about £20 so clearly wasn't expecting it to be up to the standard of an Islay single malt. Doesn't have a huge amount of depth but a little smoke. Nowhere near as smokey as my favourites but for a reasonably priced blend it does the job. Probably rather spend a little more and get a discounted bottle of laphroig to be honest, but if you're on a budget I would not think you'd be too disappointed.

25th March 2016


As a lover of peaty whisky, particularly Laphroaig, I thought this blend would do the business. However, it didn't, and on tasting, the smokiness was beyond acrid...imagine being stood next to a bonfire with plastic being burnt. Too often these specialist blends just don't live up to their hype. Next time I'm gonna do what I normally do..that is buy the Asda Islay malt for the bargain price of £20. A steal.

9th March 2016

Smooth and Smokey

For a cheaper whisky, this is quite good (to my taste). No bitter aftertaste like some of the more expensive whiskies have. I can recommend this.

1st January 2016


Not particularly smokey and has what I call a "cheap blended whiskey taste", not very technical I know. Drink this if you like Bells or other cheap blends; don't drink this if you like Caol Ila, Ardbeg, Talisker, Lagavulin etc (which I do). Not great!

26th December 2015

Drinkable but Disappointing

I bought this as my daily tipple so I could save the Lagavulin and Caol Ila for special occasions but wish I had opted for a J Walker Black Label instead. This smells sweet and tastes like spiced rum. Very smooth but lacks depth and finish.

19th December 2015


Almost too Smokey, tried this as I saw it was blended with glenturret . Horrible almost artificial Smokey flavour not like single malts though I bought it for 15 quid so can't complain

11th December 2015

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