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.

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This bottle has 12 ratings and 12 reviews.
Cranecreek Cranecreek (163)
Rating: 2.8 (2016-11-06)
I have been exploring Scotch whisky as of late and this was on the list. I must say I have not been too impressed by any of the blends, (Monkey Shoulder & JW Black were the best so far). I had high hopes for this and found it to be much like the rest. They have all tasted very mediocre when compared to my usual Bourbon choices. This "Black Grouse" delivered an acceptable meld of flavors with some of the required peat smoke that I suppose scotch must have, (which I do not understand why). There were flavors you would associate with Oak barreled aged whiskey but nothing special. Actually rather "drab". I guess I am taking out my disappointment on this whiskey when I could say the same about several, and I am not too keen on wanting to lay down 70 to 90 dollars to go to the next level of the better single malts. In all honesty I can not relate with those that for the same price prefer these blends to top shelf bourbon. Now this "Black Grouse", like the others is not intolerable but for that same 32 to 35 $'s you can have much better whiskey in my opinion.
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Review Comments
BDanner (2016-11-07):
I find myself rating the scotches I've had in sort of a second category. In other words Brand X is a 4 as a Scotch for me, but if I was rating it against a bourbon or overall it would probably score lower. I've yet to try a scotch that I thought was better than a comparable bourbon in the same price range.

Cranecreek (2016-11-07):
Thanks BD for the comment and vote-I need to not be so quick to compare Scotch to Bourbon. I am guilty of that and need to look at them as seperate whiskeys.

Proof66 Staff (2016-11-07):
Hello... staff editor. One thought: many scotches are aged in ex-bourbon casks. Bourbon, on the other hand, in new charred oak. This means that the charred-oak influence will lie much more heavily in the bourbon than in the scotch. That might be the flavor profile you're missing. Suggestion: check out scotch aged in "virgin oak" or potentially even re-charred oak. This might bring you a more familiar/desirable flavor profile but still give you an idea of what scotch-distillation is all about. (Casually searching our database, Glen Garioch Virgin Oak might be a good choice.)

Cranecreek (2016-11-08):
Its a matter of economics, both my own :) and the inherent costs associated with Scotch. The Garioch mentioned above lists at over $100.

Scots-Irish-USA Scots-Irish-USA (4)
Rating: 3.0 (2016-11-02)
3.4 out of 5. A nice blend wa bit o peaty smoke. Also sweet. Not as balanced as one might like, but priced attractively
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SirDeath SirDeath (32)
Rating: 3.5 (2016-10-30)
A good beginner peat scotch. I'm used to Lagavulin and Laphroaig as a peaty scotch. This is just a small fraction of that. The nose has a promising smell of peat smoke, but the taste fails to deliver all but a hint of peat smoke. It may be good for a beginner, but I was hoping for a robust peat blend, and this is not it. Finish is also a little sweet for my liking. Drinkable and not bad for the price, but I don't think I will buy another bottle unless I'm teaching someone how to drink an Islay.
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BDanner BDanner (274)
Rating: 4.0 (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 (211)
Rating: 2.0 (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 (5)
Rating: 4.0 (2015-05-21)
Smooth, peaty, very enjoyable for a great price.
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Muncher Muncher (586)
Rating: 4.0 (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 (12)
Rating: 4.0 (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 (29)
Rating: 3.0 (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 (119)
Rating: 3.0 (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 (67)
Rating: 4.0 (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 (206)
Rating: 4.0 (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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