Welcome to what will be for many of you a unique experience. Single Grain whisky has been much maligned as the lesser ingredient in Scotch whisky blends.
All on it’s own however and especially as it gets older it is a wonderful whisky to behold. Over the years I have had other delicious older Single Grains like North British and Cameronbridge.
Girvan distillery lies in the lowlands and was founded in 1963. The Ladyburn distillery was also operating on site up until its closure in 1975. Girvan is probably best known for making what has become a staple Gin for many “Hendrick’s”.
Today is our only stop in the Lowlands and one that I’m sure you will be pleased that we have made.
Whisky: A.D. Rattray 1988 Girvan 25 to single grain
*Cask # 79184 – Cask type was not disclosed – 55.4% Cask strength non-chill filtered*
Colour: Looking at it from a playing the percentages angle I would say that it is definitely American oak as after 25 year the colour is still only mid gold.
Nose: Go gentle into this one as we have a fully fledged cask strength whisky in our glasses. Wow nose is taking me back to the small Australian bakery and a fresh Lamington. (insert link or picture) Lamington are a sponge cake dipped in chocolate and then rolled in coconut. This bottle could be called “Lamington” Girvan 25 Year Old. Amazing, can’t wait to taste it.
Palate: Creamy vanilla bean creme brulee topped with a lively light crust of toffee’d sugar. Surprisingly soft at 55.4% on the palate.
Finish: Danish pastry with a touch of pear glaze.
Water: Brings even more of the coconut out of the nose and instills some rich satsuma plum that takes over the finish.
**Curt from All Things Whisky has also been “Tasting” along with the calendar. Check out his notes HERE.
Most of the Single Grains that I have had in the past have been really dark and reminiscent of an Old Pappy Van Winkle. This Girvan is fresh and fruity and far more like a Single Malt than a Single Grain.
Fantastic work A.D. Rattray this is an absolute gem.
These lucky retailers have some of the only 60 bottles available:
Tomorrow we taste the youngest whisky in this years calendar. Open your minds and get ready for some mind altering enlightenment.
See you then …