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      26.02.2013 01:22

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      Middle of the road Scotch

      I must admit I am partial to the odd glass (or three) or Scotch. Although I would be the first to admit I am no connoisseur of the fruits of Whisky I can say I have tried a fair share of varieties. Famous Grouse can be found in any Supermarket or reputable bar. It is certainly not in the same family as single malts available in the market, but the reasonable affordable price reflects this. Purchasing a 700ml bottle from the likes of Tesco will normally set you back in the region of £17, however keep an eye out for special offers as I have seen this price drip to as low as £12, which in my opinion is absolutely fantastic value. Like most alcoholic spirits, you may decide to mix this with a bit of coke, or like myself drink it straight. I also like to add a couple of ice cubes. The percentage of alcohol stands at 40%, which is pretty standard. Famous Grouse does not really have any nose qualities, unlike the more expensive counterparts. The taste is quite sweet, with a hint of malt. As the mouth starts to absorb the Whisky, there is almost a hint of a peppery finish. Try drinking this at room temperature as this will provide the ultimate experience.

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      03.01.2013 14:41
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      Scotland's favourite whisky, slainte!

      Captain Springtide has the dubious honour of being a Christmas Eve baby, he was born to the strains of "Silent Night" being sung in the maternity ward which I suppose was a fairly daft choice of carol considering. Any way he has always felt hard done by as many friends and family would get him a joint Christmas and birthday present, we even had an official birthday one year on June the 24th to make up for his great hardship in earlier years. No matter what time of the year we celebrate there is never any problem in a choice of present. Whisky.He loves it and I do like a dram or two myself, being born in Glasgow you really cannot escape liking it but as I have become older or let us say, matured gracefully I find I will choose it over many other sweeter drinks. The Famous Grouse is one of the bottles that winged it's way into our home over Christmas and is a brand that we are quite familiar with. Developed by Matthew Gloag, whose name is embossed on the clear bottle, it has remained a hugely popular whisky for many years. It is a rich, golden brown colour which blends beautifully with the Red Grouse which graces the cream label, The bird was originally drawn by Phillipa, Matthew Gloag's daughter when the whisky was first blended in Perth in Scotland in 1896. I was intrigued as to the ingredients that make up such a successful whisky so I did a little research and came up with the conclusion that they are not going to tell you!. On the label on the back of the bottle it reveals that it is a blend of fine malt whiskies The Macallan and Highland Park. On the website it revealed that it also includes Glenturret which is a grain whisky and comes from one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland. After that it is as hidden as red grouse up in the heather! Long may it stay that way, I like a bit of a mystery. The whisky is matured in oak casks which gives it a touch of sweetness, even so I cannot drink it neat except in times of dire emergency. It is just too strong at 40% vol and makes my lips numb, what a wimp! But, over ice or with soda water it is a smooth and delicious drink with a clean finish to be savoured on a cold night and will definitely give you a glow inside. It mixes very well with dry ginger and will lift an after dinner coffee into something very special. My Opinion. Apparently The famous Grouse was a favourite of Queen Victoria's and who am I to argue with such an authority! It is a smooth whisky, perhaps not quite up to the standard of sipping on it's own but great with a mixer such as ginger. If you are taking a present to a whisky drinker and do not know his preferences this will always be acceptable and welcomed in whole heartedly. As such it earns it's place amongst other whiskies as a good all rounder and can proudly bear the Gaelic name for whisky, "Usquebaugh", The Water of Life. Living so close to Gibraltar as we do we can buy our drinks at around 40% cheaper than in the UK which makes The Famous Grouse a good buy but looking on the website www.thefamousgrouse.co.uk I see that it retails around 21.99pounds for 1litre and 15.99pounds for 75ml. You can also order your own customized label which is a nice touch. 4 stars from me, a good blended whisky but a bit on the expensive side. Thanks for reading my review, I also post on Ciao under splishsplash

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      05.11.2012 20:43
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      A decent cheaper whisky

      My dad is a huge whisky fan, though he doesn't drink huge amounts - no more than a tot a night and a few more on special occasions ;) so obviously when those special occasions come around I like to buy him a bottle of whisky. Sometimes I get him very expensive whisky and sometimes I get a cheaper bottle of whisky and put it in a hamper with fine foods and toiletries and so on. The Famous Grouse is certainly a cheaper whisky, you can purchase a 1 litre bottle on offer around Christmas time for £12 which is amazing value. So, to the whisky. The Famous Grouse is a blended Scotch Whisky and has been around as a brand since the late 1700s. The parent company has changed hands but the brand itself is a very well known one in the UK market and it's a very popular whisky. My dad prefers Scotch whiskies and I know that he likes this one as an everyday drink - he finds it pretty mellow. It has a good colour and I think the bottle looks the part, too - a red grouse in the Scottish highlands in a substantial glass bottle. It's a warming drink and it doesn't have the harsh afterburn a cheaper own brand type whisky can have. Certainly in the cheaper (under £15) arena, it's one of his favourites if not his favourites. So, overall I do think that the Famous Grouse whisky certainly has it's place in the market. It's not what I'd call an extra special whisky, but for everyday drinking it's more than good enough and it's an enjoyable drink. It is a great 'hamper filler' for my dad without blowing the budget. Overall I will give the Famous Grouse four stars out of five - there are nicer whiskies but for a more budget blended Scotch whisky it does the trick and does it well.

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      23.10.2012 17:49
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      Very nice alternative to the single Malt in the House and good to share

      Low flying Dicky Bird Well that's what we call it in our house, to the rest of you its called "Famous Grouse" and for those that don't know it is a whisky that was first created in 1896 when it was just called "Grouse" and then later when it became famous the owner added another word....guess what it was? This was in 1905 and the first time that we see "famous Grouse" as a branded product. The spirit is made under royal warrant which was awarded in 1984. In 2006 "the personal" touch was launched that allowed you to purchase a bottle and add some words on the label. Have never done this but feel it could be a nice touch if you know of someone who is really into this whisky. I do normally have a bottle of this in the house but it tends to be for non-whisky drinkers and normally when people want to add something to a whisky to "flavour it" As such I don't mind when they add Coca cola or lemonade as they are not missing a fine single malt but enjoying a blended whisky which are poles apart from each other. However it would be rude to sip my single malts or even better Jack Daniels when such people come around and as such I enjoy a whisky with some ginger, known in our house as a ginger tailed low flying dicky bird" The taste of ginger with the whisky is excellent and you obtain sweetness from the ginger and harshness from the whisky. The aftertaste of the ginger and whisky are very complimentary and allows you to savour the taste especially if you add ice. You can buy a bottle of Famous Grouse for £15-£18 dependent on retailer and be wary there are other makes like the snow grouse and the black grouse (not tried these so can't comment) However a standard three quarter litre bottle is the usual suspect in the supermarket although you can buy up to a 4.5 litre bottle should you have the need to do so. (I feel compelled here to state that all spirit websites advocate the "drinking sensibly motto"). All in all the low flying dicky Bird with a ginger tail gets my vote, not as a savouring fine whisky but as an enjoyable blended drink which has a very good pedigree. I would rate this particular whisky above some of the more common labels found on the shelf and it stands tall amongst such company.

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      06.11.2010 23:32
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      Mmmmmmmmmmmmm!

      I am sure we have noticed over the last couple of weeks there have been a number of drinks offers in the supermarkets. I guess this is the run-in to Christmas when many of us elect to top up our drinks cupboard and there do seem to be some absolute bargains to be had. I have this evening done a bit of a stock check because it seems appropriate that we should clear the decks a bit before getting new stock in. Starting with the bottles with the least in and prompted by Newby2's recent enticing review, I was disappointed to note that there was only a tiny drop of Famous Grouse whisky left in the bottle. Of course, it had to be sampled straightaway - it has been a nice nightcap before climbing the wooden hill to Bedfordshire shortly. I used to drink a lot of this and it is one of my favourite whisky brands - one that I prefer to drink on the rocks than with a mixer. I anticipate that within the next couple of weeks there will be a new round of TV adverts featuring the famous red grouse after which the product is named. So, the bottle is now empty and I have a lovely warm feeling inside and a lovely taste - a rich mellow taste that lingers. Many folk think that Famous Grouse is a single malt, but it is actually a blended whisky or as they say on the bottle " a marriage of fine rare Scotch whiskies" It is made by Matthew Gloag & Son Ltd of Perth in Scotland. The label proudly claims that it is Scotland's favourite whisky. It's a brand that is known and loved by many and enjoys a world-wide following. It has its own website - thefamousgrouse.com. I would recommend a visit. I have as much difficulty in describing the taste of a whisky as I do in describing the scent of a fragrance. All I know that is it tastes great and is a drink worth savouring. Hold it in your mouth for a few seconds before swallowing and experience the flavour. It's really rather sad to be sitting here looking at an empty bottle of Famous Grouse. I can feel an action plan coming on.

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        24.10.2010 23:10
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        a great drink

        ==Famous grouse Whisky== Being a bit of a whisky drinker, I would always have to say that the whisky from Famous Grouse is by far the best whisky to buy. it may be a little more expensive than other branded whisky drinks such as Bells but in my opinion, that little bit of extra price is well worth it when it comes to the taste and the quality. The Famous Grouse Whisky comes in at a little over £20 for a litre bottle and doesn't seem to be on offer that much (so grab it on offer when you see it is my advice!) if comparing it to Bells which is on offer a fair bit. Famous Grouse is a standard 40% proof which, like most branded whisky drinks is about right. There is also a black grouse and a white grouse version but I have only ever tried the black version at the airport and the deeper flavour wasn't especially to my liking (I had already had my taste buds obliterated by copious amount of other alcohol so my judgement wouldn't be too sound on that one!). I think as far as taste goes, this Famous Grouse is smooth and rich but has a little bit more of a "Bite" when compared to the Bells brand. The colour of the whisky is sparkly and golden and the smell is something that holds great memories and is rather potent especially if sniffed too close to the glass. All in all I think that the little bit of extra price paid is well worth it to get one of the best tasting whisky drinks that you can buy. It is a nice drink to warm the cockles on a winters evening or purely to mix with coke or lemonade. I think a top score of 5 out of 5 stars and a high recommendation. Many thanks for taking the time to read. I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.

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        17.05.2010 11:12
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        An okay scotch - but that's about it!!

        I am not a big drinker, however I do occasionally like a lovely glass of whisky, late on, before I retire up to bed. I find the experience very pleasurable, especially when the kids have gone to bed, and I can sit and relax with some music in the background. Because I enjoy the experience, and don't drink gallons of the stuff, it isn't unusual for me to spend quite good money, upto £50, in order to get the correct malt. I was reading a great review yesterday, about a nice malt, and last night decided to treat myself to a drink (or 2) before bed. Checking out my cupboard, I realised I had consumed the last of the bottle last week, so was feeling a bit fed up. That was until I remembered that I had been bought a bottle of 'The Famous Grouse' for my birthday. The Famous Grouse is a brand of blended scotch whisky, and is obviously distilled in Scotland. Originally produced by Matthew Gloag and Son in 1897, it is now distilled by the Edrington Group. I opened the screw type top, and poured out a honey coloured liquid into my glass. The smell did not 'sting' my nose. It was actually quite pleasant and I was looking forward to having a drink. Upon tasting the drink I was soon made aware of how rough it was compared, with some other whiskies I have drank. Like I said in the beginning I do usually drink more expensive and older malts, so my view may be slightly different than others. I have also had the misfortune of drinking even rougher whisky before, and it wasn't as bad as them. At least with this you could taste the citrus undertone, and it didn't hurt the throat when swallowing.I do believe though, that this drink would be best with a mixer, rather than enjoying by itself. The price of a 70cl bottle with 40% vol, will set you back about £15 I believe, and personally I think that is okay. Obviously my pallet isn't used to this kind of whisky and I'll be buying my usual from now on. This will remain in the cupboard, and hopefully mature with age, but I doubt it. Anyway at least it will look good on the sideboard at christmas, when this Famous Grouse, usually appears on tv! An okay scotch for an okay pallett.

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          02.06.2009 13:51
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          A delicious whisky that's perfect in a hot toddy or just as an alcohol beverage.

          Famous Grouse whisky is the whisky of choice in our household and although it's a little more expensive than some of the cheaper brands we don't mind paying a premium price as this truly is a fantastic product. Famous Grouse was established in Perth, Australia in 1800 and is made by blenders Matthew Gloag & Son Ltd. The whisky is matured in seasoned oak casks and is a marriage of fine rare Scotch whiskies. It takes it's name from the Scottish national game bird, a Red Grouse, and has a very distinct oaky, yet smooth taste which glides down your throat ever so smooth and gentle whilst having a slight kick at the end of the mouthful. The bottle is made out of glass and has a narrow neck towards the top of the bottle as well as a label with a picture of a Red Grouse and some more information about the product as well as a some serving suggestions. I prefer to have my whisky with Coca-Cola and a few cubes of ice to keep everything nice and chilled, but not enough ice to water it down. Famous Grouse can be enjoyed with many other spirits as part of a cocktail, with mixers, tonics etc or just alone on ice. You really can taste the oaky texture to the whisky and it's got a delicious warming feeling once swallowed. If suffering from a cold I can be known to have a small amount of this with some hot water, honey & lemon and this always helps me to feel lovely and warm inside without overdoing it. This whisky is 40% volume so should be enjoyed in moderation. I would highly recommend this drink to anybody over the age of 18 but would advise that you enjoy it in moderation as it can be very powerful if you drink a few too many glasses. It is fairly highly priced but I will happily pay more for this product as I'm a big fan (as is Tom, my fiance) and a litre bottle lasts us a good 6 months or so with the odd occasional drink. Tesco Prices (correct 02/06/2009): 35cl - £7.57 70cl - £14.69 1 Litre - £20.49 This is the highest price that I have noticed in a while and the 1 litre bottle that I last purchased, just before Christmas, was priced at around the £15.50 mark so if you do want to purchase a bottle keep your eyes peeled for special offers, also, visit the Famous Grouse website for more details on getting a personalised bottle made up. I am rating this whisky 4/5 and have knocked off one star because of the ever high prices that seem to have increased drastically in the past few months.

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            10.11.2001 04:13
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            Famous Grouse Whisky -------------------- We all know the Famous Grouse brand very well. This is ensured by their very witty ad campaign starring the little Red Grouse. Not much is said usually, but the Grouse is always doing something very interesting, which reflects on the drink. We therefore assume that only interesting people drink Famous Grouse, and being exactly that, we rush out and buy a bottle. Simple isn’t it? Some interesting History: ------------------------- Many people might find some of the following detail upsetting, but once again, truth be told, it originated in Australia. You just can’t keep those guys down! Matthew Gloag & Son Ltd., has its origins in the early 19th century, when the founder established himself as a grocer and wine merchant in Perth. Matthew Gloag bought malt whiskies from distilleries around Scotland and built up a very good reputation for his cellars. When Queen Victoria visited the town in 1842, our friend Gloag was invited to supply the wines for the royal banquet (talk about getting your foot in the door). In 1860 his son William took over the company and began to add blended whiskies to the range of drinks offered by the firm, then in 1896 William's son, another Matthew, who had worked in the wine trade in Bordeaux, took over the running of the business. He created a blend in 1897 which was first called The Grouse Brand. This became so well known around Perth that the name was justifiably changed to the Famous Grouse. In the 1920s small overseas markets were established, and in 1936 the company built a bottling plant and bonded warehouse in Perth, but the Famous Grouse's following remained mainly local until the 1960s, when it began to win a following in Glasgow and the Central Belt of Scotland. The company was still entirely owned by the Gloag family, but in 1970 both Matthew Frederick Gloag (the Chairman) and his wife died, and the family was hit by punitive death duties. A friendly buyer was sought to secure the future of the company, and the obvious choice was Highland Distilleries, from whom Gloags bought many of their whiskies. Highland had the resources to promote The Famous Grouse, and conditions favoured them. Under the able leadership of John Macphail, and aiming for the top end of the market in Scotland, the brand doubled its sales within the home market during the decade (to about one million cases), and achieved the same performance overseas during the I980s. It has been the best-selling blended whisky brand in Scotland since 1980. The Whisky ---------- The bottle claims to be “a marriage of fine rare Scotch Whiskies. It is just that. A smooth whole bodied taste, oak being prevalent but not overwhelming. Taken with water, soda, on the rocks or just straight (whichever you fancy) it is the ideal drink for those long, cold Highland evenings in front of the fire. 40% alcohol / volume means you should probably not be driving after 2 of these babies. Packaging --------- A bottle like most other, but it is the pretty picture of the Red Grouse (Scotland’s National Bird) which is the distinguishing factor. Gift sets are usually something special, with very classy tins, decanters etc being available. Price and Options ----------------- If you talk about competitors, then you start looking at brands like Bells. My opinion is that if the Scots prefer Famous Grouse, who am I to disagree? Like most of the Whiskies Famous Grouse is available in 35 cl, 70 cl and 1 litre bottles. The average price (local Tesco’s) is as below: Famous Grouse Bells 35 cl £7-39 £7-29 70 cl £12-65 £12-39 1 litre £16-92 £15-67 Not much in it price wise, so you won’t be swayed by the cheaper opt ion. My verdict ---------- Not too much doubt here that I like the stuff. I have always enjoyed their ads, and they have a product to back up the campaign (something you don’t see very often). Famous Grouse and their distillers are also great supporters and sponsors of various events and good causes, among other things the Scottish National Rugby Team. A product and company who wholly deserve to be the “Best Selling and Favourite Scottish Whisky”.

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              11.03.2001 17:45
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              I like almost all spirits, particularly Scotch Whisky, and rarely will I refuse a wee dram (or twa). However, I must report that 'The Famous Grouse' is one of the very few brands that I find is not 'quite' to my palate. It is extremely popular in Scotland and it has managed to master the secret of good advertising. At one time it was those discrete small adverts at the top of the front pages of ‘quality’ daily newspapers, and then display adverts in magazines. Now we see a computer-animated Grouse generally behaving like a prat during the rugby football season, but all this does the main job of advertising – keeping the brand-name in the public eye. And it is sold at a premium price to pay for that expensive advertising. Now why don’t I particularly like it ? There are two main reasons : a) I find its taste rather 'rough', and 'aggressive' and 'fiery' without having a particularly attractive or memorable flavour. I will admit to preferring a smoother blended Scotch, with an attractive flavour and indeed my favourite 'basic blend', shall we call it is 'The Cutty Sark', which is blended by the same company that blends 'The Famous Grouse'. I drink Malt Whisky under different circumstances, and then I do like something with a bit of a 'bite' and a more complex flavour. 'Grouse' has a distinctive 'whisky' odour, again rather strong, and this may be why many Scots (their palates ruined by a life of copious Benson & Hedges, Tennants' Lager and 'Rubys') may prefer it. b) The flavour has been inconsistent. It is always somewhat acrid, rough and aggressive, to my palate, but there can be substantial variations in its flavour, which implies poor organoleptic quality control at the blending stage. As an indication of this lack of consistency, when I was a Public Analyst in Edi nburgh up until 1996, there were a number of complaints alleging that 'Grouse' was being substituted by 'lesser brands' in optics in Pubs & Hotel bars, so that 'Grouse' bottles were being topped up by other blends. We had analytical techniques that 'finger=printed' spirits, depending on their trace volatile constituents, and the mineral traces. On occasions, yes, there had been substitution, but by no means always. It was the variation that caught out the complainants' palate. On one occasion, when the inspectors were certain that an offence had been commited, we were sent a whole unopened bottle from the hotel of 'Grouse' and the alleged 'lesser' blend, together with samples from the optics. In this case, I agreed with the complainant - the taste was 'very different', even more acrid and bitter, but so were the contents of the unopened bottle. Things may have improved since then .... Now, one can argue that my views on the taste is just a matter of personal taste and opinion, in the same way that many readers of this opinion will not like my other major alcoholic passion, Guinness. Certainly, if you believe that you "don't like Scotch", I reckon that you won't like 'The Famous Grouse'. So I suggest that if do you try 'The Famous Grouse', then (particularly if you don’t like it), you should compare it with, say 'Bells', 'Cream of the Barley', 'Haig', 'Teachers', 'Grants' – any of the common blends. I cannot think that 'Grouse' will be near the top of your list of favourites. And why not treat yourself to a smoooth Malt, like Glenkinchie ? Oh, and I have no objections to any of you drowning a blend with water or even .. er... lemonade or dry ginger (?) But, please! Ignore the advertising ! In the same way that a Ford Escort was never the best small f amily car, then I reckon that 'The Famous Grouse' is not among the best of blended whisky. The main point is to 'get sampling' yourself. There really are such wide variations in flavour and there should be one out there to suit you. © Sidneygee 2001

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                10.03.2001 19:34
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                The famous grouse whisky was first produced in Perth way back in 1896 by Matthew Gloag. This whisky is matured in high quality oak wood sherry casks, and it is these casks which contribute to it’s distinctive mellow flavour. It has been a popular brand for many years and I know many people who regard this whisky as one of the best blended whiskies available. In fact a few of my friends rate this as their favourite brand. I enjoy drinking whisky (like most Scotsmen I suppose) and have tried lots of various brands over the years. While I do not pretend to be an expert, I do know what I like, and in this case I’m afraid I disagree with most of my friends who rate it highly. If I were to make a list of all the whiskies I had tried and rate them in order of preference then I’m afraid The Famous Grouse would be in the bottom half of what would be a pretty long list (well I did say I’d tried a few – okay lots then). This doesn’t mean it’s not a good whisky, as I’ve previously said it is an extremely popular whisky, but unfortunately it’s not one that I would personally recommend. The reason(s) I don’t like it, are probably the exact same reasons a lot of people do enjoy it. The whisky is mellow, has a perfumed aroma (well it does to me anyway) is actually quite sweet tasting, and leaves a peppery after-taste in the mouth, these are all the things that give it it’s distinctive taste. Unfortunately these are also all the things I don’t like about it. For anybody who was going to try a blended whisky for the first time, then I think this could be a good choice – It’s quite sweet, is easy to drink, it’s full of flavour (you couldn’t accuse this whisky of being bland) and very smooth and mellow. I think it’s distinctive flavour is either one you will love or hate. You should try this whisky at least once, as it&# 8217;s unique flavour might just be the one that you have been waiting for. I'm reliably told by a friend who has been know to have the odd nip or twelve of the stuff that it costs £16.99 for a litre from your local Sainsbury's

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