Review No.3. The Famous Grouse

The Famous Grouse is one of the most popular whiskies in the UK and you can easily get hold of a bottle.  I’m sure this is on offer all year round if you shop around at different supermarkets.  I have a long history with The Famous Grouse and have always found it to be dependable, however it can be looked down upon by some.  Don’t let that put you off.


Whisky: The Famous Grouse Blended Scotch Whisky, 40% vol.

Nose: Grain, vanilla and soft fruity aromas

Taste: Biscuits, grain, vanilla and creaminess.  Fruity aromas do not translate to the palate – more on the sugary side.  Light texture.

Finish: Short and light, flavours disappear quickly.  I’m sure there is some smoke lingering there somewhere.

Score: 2.5

Summary: In contrast to the Johnnie Walker Red Label, this is an easy whisky to get into and ideal for beginners as the flavours are approachable.  I find this good with water, ice or as a mixer.  I can see this being a good base for cocktails. Because of the price and availability this bottom shelf blend gets my respect.


Scoring scale: My scores reflect a balance of the overall experience, availability and cost for a whisky,

1 – not to my preference

2 – tastes fine but does not excite me

3 – more to my liking and would revisit occasionally

4 – very much to my liking and would consider as a regular feature on my whisky shelf

5 – permanent feature on my whisky shelf


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