First produced in 1860 (when it was just ‘The Grouse’), The Famous Grouse is a good quality blended whiskey that has been the No. 1 highest selling whiskey brand in Scotland since 1980.
The Famous Grouse, at least by sales numbers, is Scotland’s favourite whiskey. It was created in 1896 by Matthew Gloag, whose signature is still printed on every bottle of The Grouse sold today.
Its emblem is the Red Grouse which is Scotland’s national game bird.
The majority of The Famous Grouse’ UK sales are during the Christmas period, but can it be enjoyed by coeliacs over the festive season too? Let’s find out…
Is Famous Grouse Whiskey Gluten Free?
The Answer is: YES*
*The Famous Grouse Whisky is made from barley, maize and green malt. However, whilst some of these base ingredients contain gluten, according to the National Institutes of Health’s Celiac Disease Awareness Campaign, distilled alcohol such as the Famous Grouse is inherently gluten-free.
Although whiskeys are derived from wheat, barley, or rye, the distilling process removes the gluten proteins. When in doubt, choose a gluten-free alternative such as rum, potato vodka, or tequila instead.
The Famous Grouse Whiskey currently consists of 10 products:
- The Famous Grouse
- The Famous Grouse Smoky Black
- The Famous Grouse Bourbon Cask
- The Famous Grouse Ruby Cask
- The Famous Grouse Toasted Cask
- The Black Grouse Alpha Edition
- The Famous Grouse Mellow Gold
- The Famous Grouse Snow Grouse
- The Famous Grouse 16 Year Old Vic Lee
- The Famous Grouse – Personalised
The standard blend is 40% ABV.
The whiskey is matured in oak casks for up to six months at 46% ABV
You can find out more about each of the scotch whiskeys in the product range on The Famous Grouse website
Facts About The Famous Grouse
- It was first produced by Matthew Gloag & Son in 1896, and currently produced and owned by The Edrington Group
- In May 2014, Famous Grouse was named the Official Whisky of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
- According to the Famous Grouse website, each year 43 million bottles are enjoyed in no less than 94 global markets.