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Low Flying Dicky Bird
Famous Grouse Whisky
Member Name: areajohn
Famous Grouse Whisky
Advantages: Good to mix with and handy to have in the home
Disadvantages: None really - it is what it says it is and is good at it
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.
Summary: Very nice alternative to the single Malt in the House and good to share
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