Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Matthew Gloag & Son Ltd. (MG&S)
Bottling serie
Blended Scotch Whisky
40.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
28 Jun 2012 4:59 pm

Average value

€ 39.99

9 × in wishlist

41 × member ratings

91 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for The Black Grouse Alpha Edition

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 78.41 points

  1. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    Solid lightly smoky blend, but does not quite reach the quality of JW (Double) Black in my opinion. But hey, maybe there are batches where the situation is vice versa?!

  2. markjedi1 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Tetrao Tetrix

    Edrington sold their Black Bottle to Burn Stewart in 2003. They created the Black Grouse as a replacement and went a step further in 2012 with this Black Grouse Alpha Edition. It contains even more peaty whisky than the Black Grouse.
    • Nose
      While the peat is unmistakable and brings with it a hint of smoke – like a campfire that has just been doused – the emphasis of this nose is mostly on the dark and sweet notes. Candied oranges, Turkish Delight, candied sugar and origin chocolate. But it has to be said: it works. This is a fine nose!
    • Taste
      It is soft and oily, rich in earthy notes, sweet peat smoke (much more than on the nose), salted caramel and vanilla. The candied oranges return, along with some bitter chocolate. Bright citrus notes appear midpalate, as if some drops of lemon juice were just dropped in the mix. The development of smoke is more than just pleasant.
    • Finish
      The long, drying finish begins sweet and then becomes sooty. I love it.

  3. AH Whiskyvitrine scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      81 81

  4. Mushinico scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      83 83

  5. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      77 77
    • Taste
      76 76
    • Finish
      77 77

  6. The Macallan scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    Had a taste of it at the Famous Grouse Experience. It was very nice, better than the usual Black Grouse, more heavy smokey flavors in it.

  7. Tothemorrow scored this whisky 72 points Member Senior

    Seriously bad blended whisky. Tastes like the usual grouse, but with a transient and unimpressive blanket of smoke


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