Famous Grouse Smoky Black was renamed from Black Grouse at the end of 2015. This blend is based on peated Islay malts, and offers ‘reassuring smoothness with aromatic, peaty flavours’.
A new name and packaging for the excellent ‘Black Grouse’ blend sees it become Famous Grouse Smoky Black. Although not mentioned by name anymore, the bottle still features a Tetrao tetrix, otherwise known as a blackcock. Originally named ‘Black Grouse’ after the rare Black Grouse, a rare cousin to the better known Red Grouse. Only around 5,000 male Black Grouse birds survive in Britain and 50 pence from each bottle of whisky sold is donated to the RSPB charity towards conservation work.