Scotch - Blended

The Black Grouse Blended Scotch Whisky

From: Scotland Liquor Review Category: Blended Scotch

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Tier 2
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The Famous Grouse was first blended by Matthew Gloag in 1896 named for the "iconic Scottish bird." After some success, he demed the term "Grouse Blend" too plain and he added the adjective "famous" in 1905. The label was acquired by Highland distillers in 1970.

The Black Grouse was first released in 2008, the "black" involves the blending of Islay single malt scotch, which is famous for the heavy and smoky "peat reek." This gives the Black Grouse an extra bit of smoke often associated with scotch.

In their 2011 review, the Beverage Testing Institute called The Black Grouse "effortlessly drinkable."

Rabble Reviews

This bottle has 9 ratings and 9 reviews.
BDanner BDanner (105) (2016-07-22)
I picked up a 50ml of this to try after liking my bottle of Famous Grouse. Definitely more peat and smoke than the regular "Famous" expression. Did not enjoy it as much as the "Famous" at first, but after 10-15 minutes in the glass, it really opened up. Gained a definite chocolate malt note to compliment the peat giving it an edge over the "Famous". Worth the couple extra bucks it'll cost you to move up. I can see a full size bottle of this in my near future.
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jaketaz jaketaz (163) (2015-08-23)
Depends on what you're looking for in a Scotch... it's definitely a cheap option for those that love peat and smoke. I tried it in these configurations: neat, decanted a bit, with water, and with soda, and to me the whole experience was like drinking a cigarette. There wasn't any nuance to the peat or smoke, it just clubs you over the head, and adding soda just makes the soda taste bad. I'd rather go back to Tomatin or Speyburn.
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Jayaaron121 Jayaaron121 (4) (2015-05-21)
Smooth, peaty, very enjoyable for a great price.
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Muncher Muncher (263) (2014-03-06)
As good as any blend I've tried so far. Can really taste the Macallan and Highland Park, both of which I really enjoy. And the addition of a little bit of Islay really pushes it over the line for me.
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Hottgunn Hottgunn (8) (2014-01-21)
Very good competition for JW Black. Much more flavor than the white Grouse and well worth the little extra money. I would think that this Scotch is going to do very well.
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TimeToGoHome TimeToGoHome (32) (2013-09-05)
Nose has some smoke. Neat it has some burn. Even on the lips. Tasted better Islay blends.
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Quetzal Quetzal (91) (2013-04-30)
(3 out of 5). Surprisingly good blended scotch. It has peat smoke, but it is subdued, and a strong caramel smell works alongside it. It tastes a bit watery to me, but then again I'm used to Laphroaig cask strength. I like the "gateway scotch" analogy; try this is see if you want to upgrade to single malt islays. Unfortunately, I think they've stopped making this, as I'm seeing it being sold on clearance for $15.
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magezi magezi (55) (2012-03-08)
A lot better than basic grouse. The peat works here like some liqourice. Smoke and peat is more in backround making it smooth and enjoyable and quite easy to drink. Good blend.
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degbert degbert (147) (2011-09-28)
If you want to know if you would like Islay Scotch whisky but don't want to spend the money on Laphroaig, start here. This is like the peaty equivalent of a gateway drug. You sip this, and before you know it you're hustling aluminum cans for Caol Ila 16-year-old. First hit's free.
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