The Famous Grouse Smoky Black
  • Category Scotch
  • Country Scotland
  • Distillery Famous Grouse
  • Style Blended Scotch Whisky
  • Alcohol 40%
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.
  • smoky
  • peaty
  • slightly sweet
  • oak
  • burnt sugar
  • apple
  • spicy
  • fruit
  • phenols

Famous Grouse

The Smoky Black (0.7l, 40%)
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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
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.
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 Scotch Whisky is made in Scotland using a pot still distillation process at a single distillery, with malted barley as the only grain ingredient. It must be matured in oak casks in Scotland for at least three years (most Single Malts are matured longer, though).
90% of all Scotch Whiskies sold are Blends.
First-class Whiskies are taxed not only by the state but also by the angels. This refers to the 4% of Whisky that evaporates from the barrels every year, a phenomenon known as the angel’s share.
Whisky distilling goes way back to 1494 when the first recorded batch was made by a posse of monks who acquired about 60 gallons of barley and decided to turn it into "aqua vitae". They created the first 1,500 bottles of Scotch in History.
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Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
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.
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 Scotch Whisky is made in Scotland using a pot still distillation process at a single distillery, with malted barley as the only grain ingredient. It must be matured in oak casks in Scotland for at least three years (most Single Malts are matured longer, though).
90% of all Scotch Whiskies sold are Blends.
First-class Whiskies are taxed not only by the state but also by the angels. This refers to the 4% of Whisky that evaporates from the barrels every year, a phenomenon known as the angel’s share.
Whisky distilling goes way back to 1494 when the first recorded batch was made by a posse of monks who acquired about 60 gallons of barley and decided to turn it into "aqua vitae". They created the first 1,500 bottles of Scotch in History.
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