The Famous Grouse Smoky Black
  • Category Scotch
  • Country Scotland
  • Distillery Famous Grouse
  • Style Blended Scotch Whisky
  • Alcohol 40%
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  • smoky
  • peaty
  • slightly sweet
  • oak
  • burnt sugar
  • apple
  • spicy
  • fruit
  • phenols

Famous Grouse

The Smoky Black (0.7l, 40%)

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Character Goatson

A brilliant entry point for smoky Scotch blends.
 
The story of the Gloag Family goes back tot he early 1800s when Matthew Gloag had a grocery store in Perth, Scotland — importing wine and purchasing local Whiskies to resell. Two generations later, his grand-nephew — also named Matthew — took over the family business and blended a custom Scotch he called The Grouse. His daughter designed the now famous grouse label when they renamed the Whiskey “The Famous Grouse” in 1905. The brand was sold to Highland Distillers in 1970 who devoted production and marketing resources, building it up to one of the most popular Scotch Whiskies in the world by 1980 and receiving a Royal Warrant from the Queen in 1984. Today, The Famous Grouse sells more than 2 million cases per year across a tidy range of blended Scotch spirits.
 
Over the last several years, The Famous Grouse has been exploring the potential of developing new taste profiles without disrupting their signature character. The Famous Grouse Smoky Black was one of the first products of that innovation effort. The mainline Scotch has always had a bit of smoky and peaty Whisky in the blend. Formerly called “The Black Grouse”, The Famous Grouse Smoky Black shifts the ratios toward the smokier members of the team — including a rare peat-smoked Single Malt from the Glenturret distillery and a few new additions from Islay. It’s a solid and affordable entry for fans of smokier drams with a light hand.
 
 
Smartass corner:
The Famous Grouse Smoky Black bottle has the image of a tetrao tetrix. Sometimes called a “black-cock,” it’s a game bird from the grouse family with a brilliant, scarlet crest on its head and found in moorlands across Eurasia.

  • Category Scotch
  • Country Scotland
  • Distillery Famous Grouse
  • Style Blended Scotch Whisky
  • Alcohol 40%
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.
Appearance / Color
Tarnished Brass
 
Nose / Aroma / Smell
The wet and musky aromas arrive first, followed by a light peat smoke and distant apples.
 
Flavor / Taste / Palate
The palate has the smoked oak that you are looking for, but lightly and followed by dried fruits and baking spices.
 
Finish 
Longer than most and smooth, with more smoke and a dash of sea-salt.
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  • smoky
  • peaty
  • slightly sweet
  • oak
  • burnt sugar
  • apple
  • spicy
  • fruit
  • phenols
Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
Beer and malt Whisky seem to have quite a bit in common. Both drinks begin with malted barley, which deliver the enzymes and sugars needed for fermentation when steeped in hot water. The two go their separate ways at the wash stage, where they're fermented or aged to become the adult beverages you know and love.
Can Scotch go bad? Technically, an unopened bottle of Scotch can last forever. Air is the only true evil to Whisky; once the liquid is oxidized it is no longer immortal. After opening, as long as you store your Whisky in a cool, dry place, it will last another 5 years.
Single malt stands for around 10% of the Scotch market. This is a malt containing only one grain, legally required to be barley in Scotland, and made at a single distillery.

A blended Scotch is a combination of different malts from different distilleries. It is typically made from grain Whisky but does include malt Whisky to give it a more complex body.
Categories of Scotch Whisky: Single malt, Blended malt (formerly called Vatted malt), blended, single grain and blended grain Scotch.
Scotch Whisky is seldom aged in new barrels. Bourbon and Tennessee Whiskey casks are usually used for maturation. In addition to that, Whisky is often matured or finished in various wine casks such as Sherry or Port.
90% of all Scotch Whisky released in the market is a blend. That’s a hell of a lot.
Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
Beer and malt Whisky seem to have quite a bit in common. Both drinks begin with malted barley, which deliver the enzymes and sugars needed for fermentation when steeped in hot water. The two go their separate ways at the wash stage, where they're fermented or aged to become the adult beverages you know and love.
Can Scotch go bad? Technically, an unopened bottle of Scotch can last forever. Air is the only true evil to Whisky; once the liquid is oxidized it is no longer immortal. After opening, as long as you store your Whisky in a cool, dry place, it will last another 5 years.
Single malt stands for around 10% of the Scotch market. This is a malt containing only one grain, legally required to be barley in Scotland, and made at a single distillery.

A blended Scotch is a combination of different malts from different distilleries. It is typically made from grain Whisky but does include malt Whisky to give it a more complex body.
Categories of Scotch Whisky: Single malt, Blended malt (formerly called Vatted malt), blended, single grain and blended grain Scotch.
Scotch Whisky is seldom aged in new barrels. Bourbon and Tennessee Whiskey casks are usually used for maturation. In addition to that, Whisky is often matured or finished in various wine casks such as Sherry or Port.
90% of all Scotch Whisky released in the market is a blend. That’s a hell of a lot.
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