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rumaki
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Naked Grouse - Thu, 06/18/09 11:31 AM
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The makers of Famous Grouse Scotch whisky are promoting a new blend, "The Naked Grouse," here in Hennepin County (Minnesota).  It's being sold at a variety of restaurants and bars, including the often-cited-on-Roadfood Hell's Kitchen, as well as in package stores like Haskell's and Surdyks.
 
According to the promotional material, it's a blend of The Macallan and Highland Park, which, coincidentally, are my, and my husband's, favorite single malts (respectively).
 
Has anyone tried it?
 
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Re:Naked Grouse - Fri, 06/19/09 9:25 AM
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I'm due for replenishing my sipping bottle of bourbon this week. I may go to Haskell's and try this instead. I occasionally switch up with single malts.

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Re:Naked Grouse - Fri, 06/19/09 10:02 AM
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My only contact with the "Famous Grouse" Scotch was as I read WEB Griffth's series of WWII novels collectivly labeled "The Corp"  That was the often consummed beverage of choice by the central group of characters in the novels.
   I tried it and several other versions of the Scotches and find that I am destined to be a Bourbon-Sipper when I imbibe.
  I have a bottle of "Glennfiddish" that has added 20 years of shelf-life to it's advertised aging process and remains three/quarters full today.
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Re:Naked Grouse - Sun, 08/9/09 10:17 AM
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I stock Famous Grouse, Mac12 & Highland Park in my bar & love all 3, will have to try to Naked Grouse.

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Re:Naked Grouse - Sun, 09/13/09 3:00 PM
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Thanks for your interest in The Naked Grouse!  We'd appreciate hearing whether you liked it.  Our Naked Grouse Team will be at a number of venues and events doing some fun things through mid-October, including Taste of the Nation tonight (9pm) at the Bradstreet Crafthouse in The Graves Hotel.  If you want to know more, please feel free to check us out at www.twitter.com/NakedGrouse or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/pages/The-Naked-Grouse/86415467025?ref=nf .  Thanks again, and we hope to hear from you!

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Re:Naked Grouse - Thu, 10/8/09 6:41 PM
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I was in London on business last week, and on my way back, I stopped in the Duty Free at Heathrow and bought a bottle of "Black Grouse."   I do not know if this is the same thing as what's being sold as "Naked Grouse" here in the US (I still haven't had a chance to try it here in Minnesota), but I can report that "Black Grouse" is terrific -- provided you like "peaty" Islay blends.  I don't, as a rule, but I really enjoyed this one.  It is peaty, but it's also "clean" tasting, with a hint (just a hint) of sweetness.  And it's reasonably priced.
 
 

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Re:Naked Grouse - Sun, 10/11/09 9:33 AM
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Update:  I was at Surdyk's on Saturday and bought a bottle of Naked Grouse. 
 
It comes in a squat cylindrical glass bottle with no attached paper label (there's a small paper label attached by a string to the top of the neck of the bottle, just under the cap), with the grouse etched into the glass. 
 
It's good.  Has a definite sherry quality.  Has elements of both Macallan and Highland Park.  Reminds me a little of Macallan's "Twenties" that they used to sell in Duty Free (along with "Thirties," "Forties" and "Fifties" -- I liked "Twenties" the best), but has a definite touch of a peaty-smoky flavor, as well.
 
About $33 a bottle.