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I'm not normally one to give in to the temptations of a cleverly designed bottle, but that all changed the day I encountered the latest offering from the Famous Grouse family. The Snow Grouse comes packaged in a clear glass bottle that allows you to see the sleek golden liquid inside. The bottle has been labeled with a simple picture of a White Ptarmigan sitting on the snowy hills of Scotland. This presentation is then combined with a promise that Snow Grouse features "a cool taste explosion that should be served 'seriously chilled' straight from the freezer"! So straight away the bottle was crying out to be purchased until I could no longer tolerate the temptations.
Now The Snow Grouse can be served in one of two ways. You could theoretically serve it as a standard whiskey at room temperature; in which case you'll find it to be a fairly average blended grain whiskey, or you could freeze it for around 10 hours first and enjoy the drink the way nature intended it to be drunk.
If frozen then the drink pours to a pleasant pale yellow with a slight syrupy consistency that promises a very different beast to your standard whiskey. It continues in this manor with an appealingly sweet nose that teases you with a promise of vanilla, but has the merest hint of charcoal to remind you that this is still a whiskey.
The taste is very different to any other Whiskey I have tried. The Snow Grouse is a lot sweeter than the average whiskey as it further teases you with its Vanilla promises, but then eases you back down to Earth with a slightly metallic aftertaste that nevertheless manages to warm the throat with a slight but entirely pleasant burn.
To be honest The Snow Grouse is a drink you'll want to get in if you're having guests over and fancy a change from the ice cold refreshment of Coors Lite. Whiskey Cognisors are unlikely to be pleased with a high concept whiskey such as this but everyone else should walk away pleased. Even Vicky liked it, and she hates Whiskey.
Personally I find The Snow Grouse is best served straight up after a long stint in your freezer. You shouldn't need ice as the drink is cold enough already, although you may want to reverse that decision if you have it with a mixer.
The Snow Grouse can currently be purchased from both Asda and Tesco with a fairly standard price of £18. It's worth the price if you are going to have guests round and would like to introduce them to something a little different, but if you're a whiskey lover who wants to sit and savor the drink then you would be best advised to look elsewhere. Either way caution should be exercised as the drink has a 40% volume, but doesn't taste nearly that strong when served frozen.
It's the new whisky taste sensation called The Snow Grouse, the first Scotch whisky that is perfectly at home in severely cold conditions. Quite simply, it's a cool taste explosion that should be served 'Seriously Chilled' straight from the freezer. The Snow Grouse is matured in oak casks before being Smoothchill Filtered. This creates a delicate and vanilla sweet whisky that delivers a delicious taste.