The Black Grouse

A little history

Sourced from The Famous Grouse website.

Scotland’s favourite whisky was created in 1896 by Matthew Gloag, whose signature is still printed on every bottle of The Famous Grouse sold today. Matthew was born to the trade – his grandfather, also called Matthew, founded the family wine and spirit business in Perth in 1835, and his uncle William started blending whisky in 1860.

DSC_0005Over the years, generations of the Gloag family have worked with expert blenders, stillmen, coopers, merchants and retailers to make our whisky Famous. Our home is now the Glenturret distillery in Crieff – the oldest working distillery in Scotland – and we still adhere to Matthew Gloag’s guiding principles of quality and integrity in everything we do.

Why The Black Grouse

Over a number of years The Black Grouse (TBG) has become my favourite daily dram. Its unique peatiness, lush golden caramel hue at a ridiculous inexpensive price has made it a constant addition to my monthly grocery trolley.


First impressions:

Very long legs in the glass, peaty but lingering alcoholic nose. Lots of burnt orange and peanut brittle. Inhaling it enough does induce dizziness which is common with all peaty whiskies even more so with a dram like The Peat Monster or SmokeHead. It has a vibrant yet deep caramel hue. A definite step up from the standard bland Famous Grouse.DSC_0011


Instant warm caramel, hints of vanilla, a taste of oak with the colour of sherry filled casks, the influence of alcohol a bit heavy at the start but it quickly leaves a warm luxurious feel in the mouth. Reminiscent of proper 90% cocoa chocolate. Don’t advise keeping it in your mouth too long as the alcoholic influence of this young blend will overpower the instant gratification this dram yields.


Its not a heavy peaty dram but ticks all the boxes to entice the senses and enlighten you. Works really well in winter but given my preference for something that has hints of complexity yet won’t require me to make a special occasion of it, it is my preferred daily dram all year long.

Rating: Definitely a buy



Whisky tasting is inherently very subjective. Its an experience which is not replicable and must be lived in the moment. I’ve had the privilege of buying and tasting some fine whiskies and do hope you find our journey together fun, insightful, entertaining and informative.

My plan is to share my tasting experience, in most instances it will be whisky but definitely not limited to it. The odd #foodporn picture I’m sure will at some stage be posted but the focus will predominantly be aqua vitae.

I’ll  always try to include a rating which will range from not buying to definitely buying. Its easy and reflective of my uncomplicated nature. The posting frequency will vary and be dependent on the availability of something interesting to share.