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The Naked Grouse

(70cl, 40%)

The Naked Grouse

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Naked Grouse Bottling Note

An interesting addition to the Famous Grouse range, this was aged in first fill sherry casks, and is based around malt whisky from Highland Park and Macallan. Packaged very simply, this is a superb value-for-money blend.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Smooth and oily with notes of cherry compote, buttered granary toast, malt, custard and peach.

Palate: Sherried and thick with notes of sultanas, sticky toffee pudding, raspberry jam, Victoria sponge, custard and crème caramel.

Finish: Medium, with notes of cocoa, oak and just a soupcon of smoke on the very tail.

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Naked Grouse Reviews

Great value

A really fine blend, smooth and with lots of taste and some complexity.

Really a great value. A lot better than Monkey shoulder and others in same price range.

29th November 2020

No risk ...not expensive..give it a dabble..

I cant believe how good this is for a blended malt ....having said that it's still a malt grain in this ...for me its perfectly balanced I'm not one for being able to pick all the individual smells and taste as some can but I know I like it ... what's more to say..apart from I'll buy again ...

26th November 2020

up the irons!

run to the hills... stills... grab a bottle! i don’t get the smoke/peat but that’s ok! happy thanksgiving! i nabbed this last bottle on sale for $29 🦃 nabbed a bottle of wild turkey longbranch as well ... cheers!

25th November 2020

Great Dram for Low Price, Beautiful Bottling

Naked Grouse is a superb dram with taste well above its price. Here in Korea I managed to find it for ₩57,000 ($51.36). That’s above it’s retail but quite a great price for the location. It’s very smooth and the simplicity of the bottling makes it a beautiful piece for those who love to display their collection.

24th November 2020

A nice blended malt that tastes above its price

A very nice "find." It is nice to find a blended malt at this price and to have it be very pleasing to the nose and palate. It has a rich nose - the sherry is present, some vanilla and a bit of spice. I take my scotch with just a splash and this one loses nothing to the touch of water. There is no bite like the blends with grain. It is rich on the palate with the sherry again present but not overbearing - the vanilla comes through and it is undoubtedly a malt all the way with nice spice accents. The finish is a pleasing somewhat buttery vapor that lingers just right. This is my first copita, but I'm feeling that I have found a new go-to Scotch. This one tastes above its price.

4th November 2020

This tastes like a $50-60 bottle for half the price

Great whisky

Great price

Similar to

Glenrothes sherry cask - no longer made - fallen flag
Mortlach old rare - also fallen flag
Balvines Caribbean cask
Softer than the sherry bombs

1st October 2020

Exceptional at its price

Wow ,how could you not like this very drinkable scotch.
Very smooth and blends with any situation.
My go to scotch now.

27th September 2020

Keep it coming and much appreciation.

Naked Grouse is my go to scotch.
Has similarities to some twelve year olds with none of the burn of grain
alcohols. For the price, a beautiful

12th September 2020

Very average

Somewhat disappointed, the nose of cherry and the palate derived from the cask is strong, not overbearing but lingering with nothing to follow. Drinkable but I won't be buying a second bottle. I usually have a soft spot for Grouse Whisky but not this one.

19th August 2020

Nice, very nice!

I have to admit that until 6 years ago I always drank 'Famous Grouse' until I was introduced to 'Monkey Shoulder' however, recently I bought my first bottle of 'Naked Grouse' and was pleasantly surprised at its smooth texture and taste, which makes it a drink that demands you have at least two drams (large). Now it is a permanent part of my blended scotch collection.

11th August 2020

Love love love

This is such a nice whisky! Very similar I find to Monkeys shoulder. Very smooth and enjoyed best over ice, very easy to have a few as it goes down so well! Definitely recommend

27th June 2020

Absolute treat

Really prominent raspberry jam flavour. I'd pass on dessert for a glass of this any day of the week. Definitely added to my list of favourite list.

23rd May 2020

Absolutely fantastic, even better as bought for me as a present.

I'm a single malt drinker, but this blend of malts has blown me away for the price. So full of flavour big round and full of taste.

15th May 2020

Very drinkable

A sort of plain Jane of blended malt-pleasant but not outstanding.
Reasonably smooth for the price and very drinkable as an inexpensive everyday drink.
Blend is well balanced-a hallmark of Famous Grouse.
Sherry hints and a mix of taste I could not identify.
I love Macallans but I can't place this anywhere near a Macallan.

18th April 2020

Somewhere in the middle

It's nice and smooth but there is a weird sweetness from it which is somewhat disconcerting. Try it for yourself because, at the price, it's not bad, but I'd personally go Monkey Shoulder over this.

13th April 2020

A good drink for the price.

I was bought a bottle of Naked Grouse for my 70th, being a Macallan fan i thought this would be ok for cleaning the teeth. How misjudged i was, i really enjoyed my drink and have bought some since. I still prefer a Macallan but my pension says this is a good substitute.

26th March 2020

Doesn't taste like a Scotch. Don't like it.

I've never met a Scotch I didn't like, until now. This doesn't even taste like a Scotch. Apparently it's aged in Sherry casks, which explains the weird sweet musty flavor that I just can't get over. I tried mixing it and the flavor still kept coming through. Don't like it.

20th March 2020

Great value!

I'm 75 y/o and have been drinking scotch almost exclusively for half of my years. But I am not what I would call an aficionado as I have mostly imbibed blends as true to my Scottish roots I try to find value for my money. With these qualifiers I want to say that Naked Grouse is best tasting non-single malt scotch I have ever purchased. Better even than many single malts I've tasted. Great value!

6th March 2020

Hard to fault..

Pleasantly surprised, we'd put this up there with copper dog, smooth caramel,sweet sherried with oak finish,don't expect smoke,great value at just over twenty quid.

24th February 2020

Very good value and good use of first fill casks

Very nice and surprising blend. I'm usually a strict single malt, but this one has got me thinking. Clean on the palate with distinctive flavours, a distinctive nose and a not to bad finish.

15th February 2020

If you don't like this, you are stupid.

Very malty and sweet with a slight smoke aftertaste. Great dram for the price.

2nd February 2020

It was a brandy remake. Labeled as a whiskey.

This whiskey was something we picked up thinking "let's try something new". Then, we tasted said whiskey, but! Upon discovery on our tounge,we couldn't. Its not a whiskey, its confused between brandy and awful. It was well presented. But for the love of odin don't by it.

18th January 2020

Jolly nice

Very good value for money, on the nose is very clear, strong on the palate... Overall decent buy.. weekly nay best.

18th January 2020

You are very welcome to send me some

Such an exquisite gift for Christmas! Got it from my husbands son . Has brought me much joy. Yes please, some more of know

28th December 2019

Ta very much

My wife brought a bottle home for Christmas and both myself and mother (both of us dyed in the wool enjoyer’s of good Scotch) throughly enjoyed the Naked Grouse and will be including it in our collections. And the price is also quite palatable.

27th December 2019

Really rather good

This is nice - a lot more going on than you’d imagine.

Very hard to find locally but it’s worth the hunt.

A really good mix of flavours, I don’t find it particularly sherried but it’s an interesting mix.

Reminds me a bit of the old JW Green label, poss not quite as intense.

7th December 2019

bad to da bone...

has a smell of sherry casks, couldnt place it but i do detect something older despite the age statement, compare it with a 12 year old.., alot of fruit, and a thick oily residue reminiscence of older malts, described as chocolate 🍫, definite old wood, that sewer (lol) taste as i describe pun intended, overall i prefer blended malts over grains hehe..

9th October 2019

Very decent, esp for the price

This is actually very decent, and terrific value for money (esp when it's on offer).

I live a sherry bomb - Aberlour A'Bunadh, GlenDronach Allardice 18, etc., and while it's not in that class pound for pound it's terrific. Lacks depth and has a short finish, but at this price? Great.

Haven't tried, but I bet it would also make a terrific old fashioned and wouldn't feel like you were ruining something that shouldn't be.

18th August 2019

Decent dram for the price

Nice sherry influenced whisky, well designed to hide the young whisky which is not an easy task. At 45 AUD can’t really go wrong!

10th August 2019

Rather good at the price

Really good at the price!
Some depth to the nose, definitely getting the malt and vanilla.
Tasting gives the expected flavours with just a bit of sweetness.
Very nice as an 'everyday' to vary the cabinet.

30th May 2019

Really nice dram

The nose is cherries, honey, buttered biscuits and stone fruit. The palate is similar to the nose with the oak, bit of baking spice and a hint of smoke on the medium to long finish. Very enjoyable sipper that I want to explore further !

3rd May 2019


Strong but delicious

17th April 2019

Fantastic blended malt, pure pleasure.

Wow. You have everything in there: sherry, a bit of ashy smoke, fruit, no bite. I could sip on it all day long. Light years ahead of (in)Famous blended offering. Delish!

27th March 2019

Great aloe blended malt.

Very smooth and easy to sip. Great value, for sure.

12th March 2019

Simply good

This is a whisky that is well worth the price in my opinion. Nice texture, smooth and it has a fantastic smell and taste to it.

4th March 2019



27th February 2019

It's okay

Good but not as good as Chivas Regal Extra at similar price level for a pure malt with sherry oak flavor.

21st February 2019

Nothing to grouse about

Definitely prefer this over that far more famous blended malt, Monkey Shoulder. This has a very appealing mouthfeel, with dried, dark fruit and cream on the palate. Very drinkable and my favourite expression so far in the entire Grouse line-up.

14th February 2019

Great Blended Malt!

Naked Grouse! What I could add to all those reviews...from Macallan, Highland Park, Glenrothes and Glenturret, we got a perfect combination called Naked Grouse, it is indeed a great success, blended malt, impressive, decent, and all the time very smooth, great dram...

11th February 2019

Lovely dram for the price

Full of raisins and butterscotch on the nose, with a good dose of toasted brioche and ripe fruits as it opens out a bit more. Don't let the tasting notes here fool you, along with the evident sweetness there's also a gentle yet definite spice on the palate, tending towards cinnamon and black pepper. Warm oaky finish with good length. A lovely dram at this price, I am satisfied.

10th January 2019

Not the usual Low Flyer

Surprisingly very nice. Not a Grouse fan at all but this dram is lovely.

11th December 2018


You can't get any better fore the price, this in my opinion is better then Chivas 18. This is an impressive blend

30th November 2018

Budget Minded Sherry Bomb

Very good budget orientated Blended Malt. Straight forward, sweet and lightly smokey sherry bomb with a nice oily texture for 40%. Clean and zero sulfur and not over handed with oak. It is mostly Glenrothes with in the blend, the sweetish maltness of Glenrothes sticks out and Highland Park is used for seasoning. If there is any Macallan it is teaspooned in limited quantities.

1st November 2018

Smooth and lingering amazing value

Tasting notes from Master of Malt are spot on. Very very delicious...smooth and lingering. I make a general rule not to buy the same whisky twice but this one breaks that rule. Certainly tastes better than some of the more expensive single malts I've tried.

Don't let its price or blended status deter you.

28th July 2018

Tasty, wellworth a try.

Tasty with a little fruity after taste. Mild. JW Black Label is stronger and a little but Naked is very nice.

19th June 2018

Great value but not as good as the older version

Great value with an interesting blend of young malts. I preferred the previous blended grain version that used older whiskies and had more balance and depth. I would love to try a 12 year old version of this as it has potential.

4th June 2018

Cailean MacCoinneach from Scotland

A lovely rich blended malt.
I've always liked Grouse and this being grain free makes it smoother that the Famous Grouse, and only £20.00 from Amazon.
An absolute bargain price for a superbly smooth 100% malt in a very cool bottle!
Drink it neat, you won't be disappointed.

15th April 2018

Smooth flavour and great value

Smooth with hints of dried fruit nuts and cocoa. As a fan of the Macallan 12 Year Old Sherry matured single malt which retails for more than double the price of the Naked Grouse I enjoy this as a value whisky.

23rd March 2018

Worth the money

This is perfect sipping whisky. It is soo enjoyable! I've drank a lot of different types of whisky and all different styles but this bottle will be tanned very quickly compared to the others I have.

1st March 2018

Excellent. Better than most single malts that I have tasted.

Love the rich, mellow taste. Very smooth.

23rd February 2018

A staple for the cabinet

Excellent. Been a fan of the famous grouse family for years now. This is one of their best. The sherry barrels truly allow for the rich flavor to marry with whisky

16th February 2018

Poorer than before.

Ok. So it's no longer a blend but a blended malt. Should be even better then? It isn't though. It lacks the balance it once showed and the Macallan and Highland Park components have been swamped by rough young filler malts. Edrington! What are you doing to us?

11th February 2018

You must try this - you're welcome ;)

The best breakfast scotch on planet Earth ;)

23rd January 2018

Great blended malt

Has a strong hint of Tamdhu about it. A great blend especially for the money.

7th January 2018

A must have for the cabinet

I think this is one of the best value whiskeys for the money. If I had the choice (and the bank balance!) I would drink one of the rarer whiskeys daily (Half Century Blend), or even a 12yr Macallan or Glengoyne...but...this one surprised me at the quality and flavor you could get for under £30 and a definite one to have in my collection to avoid me burning through my nicer and more expensive ones so quickly!

27th December 2017

Folk lour

We were in Dufftown last April and the story going around we that Maccallan sent a batch of 21 to the bottler and the vat some other image dated whisky in it. Thus the age of the 21 was lost. Other speculation it was Famous Grouse in the vat. So the batch became Naked Grouse. Note how others describe it. At Maccallan our guide said it happens more than we would image. Don't know if it true but Naked Grouse diffenitly has a sherry finish and a sense of being older. A good whisky epically for the price. It's a good story.

3rd December 2017


Aren't Glen Rothes and Glen Turret part of this blend, as well?

26th November 2017


Very good for a blend. One of the better ones for the price for sure.

16th November 2017

Great taste and value

I've seen some reviews which suggest sticking to single malt as blends don't cut it.
I beg to disagree, I find blended malt an exciting purchase, this one in particular. Hunting out the notes of highland park,(a favourite) and Mccallan a legend, and seeing what else may be in there is great fun, made all the better for this being a really enjoyable malt, try it.

13th November 2017

Five stars

Bought for £20 on offer and has become my midweek go to bottle. Fairly new to scotch but picked up on the sherry, caramel and sweet aromas. Prefer it to some single malts I've tried and cant go wrong when on offer. Gorgeous

25th August 2017

My friend in the bottle ...

It's a very good whisky, i like so much.

1st August 2017

Smooth finish - this feels heavily engineered but this is not necessarily a bad thing

Smooth finish - this feels heavily engineered which is not necessarily a bad characteristic. Lacks the complexity of some sherried single malts but is easy to drink. A good choice for those who like sherried whisky but would only buy when on offer.

19th July 2017

Too easy to drink!

Very smooth blend and really enjoyable. Not sure whether it contains Glenrothes but definitely has the same flavour and texture. Sweeter than most single malts but makes for an easy drink, too easy!

26th March 2017

Like no other, it stands alone. Its a blended "elixir"

Only bad thing is I cannot get it without special order in Canada, but it makes a popular appearance at every gathering

24th March 2017


Very smooth, easy to drink. My new best friend.

8th December 2016


It's good

10th November 2016

Blend nirvana.

A huge step up in class from standard grouse. Can really pick out the Macallan and Highland Park elements. Thick and lusciously sweet. Tremendous value.

29th October 2016

bring me a barrel !!!!

the best for its price and everyday drink !!!

8th September 2016

Very smooth

Easy drinking, very smooth, little sweet. Very nice. For a few euro's more try The Feathery, also a blended whisky. Also smooth, but more exciting.

7th September 2016


I was lucky enough to get a bottle of this as a gift for American friends. I don't normally drink Grouse but this was exceptional. Very smooth & my friends & I loved it. Would recommend this to anyone. And if you ever gat a chance check out the Snow Grouse another excellent whisky.

10th July 2016

A Gift

I was lucky to receive a bottle at this years British Shooting Show. I took it home and took a wee taste .........beautiful. I have had a "smallish" nip each evening since and loved every drop (sadly tonight saw the end of the bottle!). I will certainly be ordering a few more bottles. Thank you.

19th March 2016


At this price range, this is very good.I´ve tasted worse single malts at double the price. Nowadays, one of my favorites.

13th November 2015

Willie Mackay MBE

Just paid £120. At an auction for my first bottle of personally signed Naked Grouse . Mmmmmmmmm time for another.

8th November 2015

Needs More Aging

This could be fantastic stuff if they used older matured whiskys in the mix. I would love a taste a full 12 year old version. As it stands there is some attractive flavours but it is still rough around the edges and has little depth. In this price bracket the best blends are those with a '12 Years' written clearly on the label.

19th April 2015

Sean Flannery

Absolutely beautiful, loved it. Very hard to come by in Galway Ireland though!!
Lovely bottle.

2nd February 2015

Fine, Smooth & Superb

Simply put, best I ever had!! I had this in Dubai and I have been looking for it In Kenya. Unfortunately I can't get it. I would recommend this to anyone out there who know what good whiskey is.

6th January 2015

Blend with malt characteristics

this whisky has a good nose, for blend standards. the dried fruits are obvious on the nose, and gives a nice and sweet scent. this blend is gentle and sweet on the palate, but the added caramel/honey flavour is hard to miss. the added flavour has changed the colour as well, but it only enhances its taste. best blend I have had so far. this whisky gets an eight (out of ten), because she deserves it! (mind you, this is not a malt rating)

26th December 2014

Great Value For The Money

I don't think I would have bought this off the shelf, but as I was given a bottle I thought it rude not to finish it.

Ii very much enjoyed it as a decent, but not earth shattering, blend. Only later I discovetred it was a blend of HP and Macallan - both whisky's I am very fond of.
I would definitely get another bottle for midweek drinking, but not Sunday Best.

24th November 2014

Lovely, smooth, full taste

This is a lovely and wonderfully inexepensive premium blend - I think its Highland Park and Macallan - so a fine pedigree. Great fruity nose, hint of dark cherry, thick and smooth palate again with fruit and hints of dark wood, and a subtle medium to long finish. At this price there's no excuse not to try it. And it's another one off Ian Buxton's list of "101 Whiskies to try before you die"

1st October 2014

love U

- Thanks for nice moments with a glas of whisky

25th September 2014

Stop Press: Single malt man drinks blend...

I'm not one for blends normally but I was given a sample of this in a whisky shop in Edinburgh. According to the staff this is the original FG blend which has since been err. "cheapened". Whether true or not I don't know but I like the story. I won't touch FG except perhaps as a mixer but this has real taste. Compared to many blends it has a mouthful of malty caramel and finishes with smoke which suits my usual single malt preferences. A lovely drop and a regular in my drinks cabinet.

16th September 2014

Over charring ruins fine blend

There is just too much wood smoke and ash from excessive charring of tired casks. It spoils and disguises the young whiskies that makeup this blend. At nearly twice the price of the regular Famous Grouse I had hoped for an increased dollop of well-aged HP and Macallan. No such luck. For the same price you are better off with one of the genuinely aged premiom 12 year old blends.

1st September 2014

New Era

The decline in malt content of famous grouse can perhaps be explained by this Money making addition, and it's way better than the regular, try it! Macallan and Highland Park can't be bad.

28th April 2014


best Grouse ever!!!

14th March 2014

Amazing whiskey ...smooth

Naked Grouse is one of the best blended whisky I have tasted

21st December 2013


Almost there with B N J

15th December 2013


Half price I asda

26th November 2013

What flavour

A beautiful blend. Full bodied with spices, fruit and a wee touch of oak too. Fantastic.

28th September 2013


strong prunes, wood, chocolate, vanilla, short finish
Not happy with this blend, I expected much more.
I Recomended Glenfarclas 10yo, waaaaay better for same price

29th August 2013

The Naked Grouse Smooth!

Refreshing Smooth buttery Vanilla creamy Apricots, This is a really well blended whisky!

22nd August 2013


I am a fan of Grouse but find this to be too far from the familiar taste. Obviously a high malt content but far too dull for my palate. I find it almost whisky without, are we sure it is not one of those horrible concoctions for the American Market, blended as a mixer. In conclusion I am disappointed and hope that this bland brew does not affect the reputation of the Famous one. Good packaging.

16th June 2013

Norman West Lothian

I first tasted this whisky during a recent visit to The Grouse Experience at Crieff. I was sufficiently impressed to buy a bottle on the way out. I would guess that this has the highest malt whisky content of any blended brand. Certainly is is one of the finest whiskies I have ever tasted. Like Joe from Glasgow I also am a regular Grouse drinker but I also drink a variety of malts and, to be honest, on a blind tasting I might well have taken Naked Grouse for a fine malt!

If you are a keen whisky drinker you certainly can't go through the rest of your life without tasting Naked Grouse.

9th April 2013

Joe glasgow

A lovely whisky, very easy on the nose - rich and smooth. Nice in the mouth and even better in taste! Smooth taken neat. What a welcome addition to the whisky family. I am sure once word gets around, it will prove successful. This comment comes from a regular Grouse drinker.

31st March 2013

Roger Bartlett

With out a doubt one of the finest blends i have ever drunk

7th January 2013

Timothy Bullard,

Suburb Blend!!! SHOCKING.... I couldn't believe it was Famous Grouse!!!!!

3rd September 2012

mr gregor carneie

i have been given a bottle of your naked grouse, this is a
first tase of it, my opinion is this is just a first class
product indeed i will enjoy every last drop.

28th July 2012

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