Royal Salute 21yo Snow Polo Edition

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Pretty apt, isn’t it, that I sit here typing out words for an article about a whisky that has ‘snow’ in its name, just as the sleet and snow of Storm Ciara batters at the lounge windows. Granted, the imagery which adorns the box of the Royal Salute 21yo Snow Polo Edition may be more St Moritz, the birthplace of snow polo, than Leith Walk, but what better time to get stuck into a dram than when it’s “blawing a hooley” (Google it) outside and you’re nicely tucked up on the sofa?

The Royal Salute brand has supported the sport of polo for well over a decade, and currently sponsors 15 polo tournaments worldwide. Speaking about the launch of this whisky, the third instalment of Royal Salute’s Polo Collection following on from 2018’s Beach Polo Edition, master blender Sandy Hyslop commented: “After many years spent experimenting, blending, and sampling, it is a real thrill to finally be able to introduce a 21 year old blended grain Scotch to the Royal Salute portfolio. I’m always looking for new sources of inspiration for blending, and the unique sport of snow polo proved to be one of the richest yet.”

Royal Salute 21yo Snow Polo Edition
Blended Grain Whisky
46.5% ABV
£150 RRP

Nose: Big, sweet, and rich, with caramel, stroopwafel, toffee doughnuts, and vanilla fudge. There’s bourbon biscuits, muesli, and glazed walnut too, with a touch of cooked apple and pears in syrup. Cinnamon, pine cones, and firm oak underneath.

Palate: The spices surge through first, with cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and cracked black peppercorn. Then honey, caramel, toffee pennies, golden treacle and spun sugar, with those apples and pears becoming caramelised.

Finish: Stays on the tannic side, with chewy oak, pecan nuts and dusty baking spices.

Overall: A very good example of aged grain whisky – lots of sweetness and spices, and a whisky with enough depth to really keep things interesting. It perhaps errs a touch too much on the tannic side for me, and there’s not too much in the way of fruitiness, but those of you who like old grain whisky will thoroughly enjoy this. I’m very intrigued to see what the fourth instalment in this series will be, and I’ll definitely keep a look out for it towards the end of this year.



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