Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Blended Malt
Matthew Gloag & Son Ltd. (MG&S)
Bottling serie
Malt Whisky
Stated Age
18 years old
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
22 Nov 2014 8:56 am

Average value

€ 177.50

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81 × member ratings

199 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for The Famous Grouse 18-year-old

13 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.24 points

  1. TsiAI scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    the elder edition
    Room temperature when drinking: 17 ℃

    The base wine is said to have used Highland Knights, Grand Ruth and McAllen's three factories.

    Viewing Eyes: Ochre color

    Smell Nose: Caramel, cocoa powder, Dove brownies, roasted nuts (amber walnuts, ground peanuts, peanut butter), dried raspberries (raspberries, blueberries), floral nectar (cramberry). The smell is mainly centered on nuts, and the two basic points are preserved berries and cocoa powder.

    Taste Palate: the front part is sweet and sour with fresh berries, the middle part shows floral fragrance, the back end is tea leaves, very obvious Zhengshan race and black tea. At the end of the season, fermented tea is the main tone, with black cleverness and nuts leading to wood, which is toasted oak and earth, decorated with subtropical fruits. The primary and secondary are distinct, and together they build a rich and rich atmosphere. In the mouth is a standard three-stage expansion, orderly from lively to calm, the connection is smooth and natural.

    Finishing Finish: Long and rich, black tea snacks, shredded tobacco, orange jam, floral, black

    Body: Medium, thick, no tannins, slightly bitter

    Nose: 86/100

    Palate: 88/100

    Finish: 88/100

    Body: 86/100

    Overall: 88/100

    Overall: The main line of smelling fragrance is nuts (mainly peanuts) + fine black craftsmanship, and the entrance is astringent and fragrant tea fragrance. Mature and stable but not old-fashioned, this wine can reflect the profound skills and good intentions of the bartender.

    Keywords: black tea; Zhengshan race; nuts; Heiqiao

    Thanks again pls, let me drink such a special wine!

  2. Alex Fridays scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Colour: dark amber.
    Nose: sweet, chocolate, dried fruits, raisin, leather, light sourness, fudge, christmas cake, new varnished furniture, berries.
    Mouth: sweet, dried fruits, raisin, oak, spices and chocolate.
    Finish: long with spices, raisin, dried fruits, vanilla, pepper, chocolate and cherry notes.
    The Famous Grouse 18YO is a very good balanced and tasty whisky.

  3. The Macallan scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    A rich and stunning dram, although with a lot of sherry in it, it's very good. It almost tastes as a Macallan, Glenrothes and Tamdhu.
    • Nose
      A rich burst of sherry notes - Macallan is dominating here - rich in chocolate/toffee notes, lots of dried fruit, some 'old' citrus fruits, but all together not very heavy on the nose and that leaves you some flowery notes aswell.
    • Taste
      Sweet fruits, dry sherry notes, wonderfull flavors with a nice reflection of some Macallan notes.
    • Finish
      Long and nice glowing with a fruity spicyness.

  4. LukeFive scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      91 91

  5. LukeFive scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    This is delightful scotch. Its not challenging yet very pleasing dram.
    Excellently composed.

    My bottles are from pre 2007 era when they stop producing it and not the ones for Taiwanese market available to buy today. 
    • Nose
      The nose is very nice, full and becomes rich after 20 min in glass.

      Its balanced with rich Christmas cake richness and nice oak notes.

      Chocolate, dry fruits, preserved fruits, sweet shop, orange and lemon peel, candied fruits, hint of peat in background, hazelnuts, stewed cherries, vanilla custard, cakes and spices from oak
    • Taste
      The palate is lovely rich , complex and tasty experience, no off notes whatsoever. Fruity and round and changing palate, its rewarding experience, dry fruits and compotes of fruits, chocolate sauce, traditional confectionery sweets,  vanilla ice cream, hints of cardamon, then peaty side pops out with touch of metallic note ( very pleasant in this context ), it goes on and on
    • Finish
      Long concentrated finish, with lush fruits , then oak spices and oak smoke, peat hint and chocolate, followed by oak spice at the end

  6. Famous scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  7. AdelphosHume scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Overall, this is a heavily sherried gem in a range that doesn't always stand out. It definitely benefits from a bit of time in the glass. I've definitely noticed that as the bottle has gone down over the past few weeks, the harsher aspects of the citrus and spice notes have mellowed and the whisky is generally more balanced. As a final note, in my experience, as much as you gain from adding water with the nose you lose on the palate.
    • Nose
      Preserved and dried red and dark fruits (black cherries, dates, red guava, blackberries, plums), orange marmalade with peels, sugared dried pineapple, a bit of clove and nutmeg dusted honey, toasted mellow oak, malt and dried leaf litter
    • Taste
      Mellow oak and dried leaves, sherry-sweet smokey wood, a wave of dried fruits and baking spices (clove, cinnamon, and coriander)
    • Finish
      Candied orange peels and lemon grass, smoked dried orange peel, and cocoa powder

  8. André scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    surely one of the most beautiful (standard) blends I have bought in recent years. price-quality ratio is certainly fine.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      85 85

  9. Andytka3 scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    One of the most complex and pleasing around. Artfully married of two
    best single malts. Delicious caramel catch your attention with lush of
    dried fruits fragrance. Underlay with lightly sour note and fresh plum,
    tinge of vanilla essence to cap it off. Palate:- Obvious coastal and mineral notes, lightly sweet dark fruits.
    Delicious and soothing mouthfeel, hold the liquid to enjoy the flavors
    packed sensations. Distant earthiness lingers. Cant find flaws on this
    one, very balance and well rounded, a class of her own.

    Finish:- Touch of cocoa unleash at the end. As expected, round and very
    smooth. Full body, bold and warming. Long and covering the extra miles,
    persistent and echoing.

    A shame that this expression has been
    discontinue. Easily one of the best blended malt I had tried. Liquid
    gold in a humble bottling.

    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      96 96
    • Taste
      96 96
    • Finish
      92 92

  10. mds51 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    For the starting price of about 40 € I can recommend him. For the current price of about 60 € (in Germany) there are better drops for this price.
    • Nose
      Vanilla, dried fruits, dark fruit compote, nutty, caramel
    • Taste
      Fruit, light spiciness, slightly nutty, subtle vanilla, dark chocolate, coffee, oak


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