The Girvan Patent Still 25 Years Old 2014 ~42.6% (William Grant & Sons Ltd.)

42.6% abv, £269.14 for 70cl available from Master of Malt

Score: 88/100

Girvan 25yo OB

What they say:

The Girvan Distillery first ran with our fledgling spirit back in 1963. Our unique Continuous Distillation creates a delicious spirit full of a rich intensity.

Filled to American White Oak our whisky’s soul is forged from wood & mellowed by time. Naturally golden amber in colour – this is Single Grain Whisky at its finest.

Notes of honey, toffee, vanilla & caramelised fruits. It is, quite simply, Deliciously Different single grain whisky.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Vanilla fudge, Werther’s Original, touch of lemon and lime zest. Peppercorns, banana and honey.

Palate: Pleasant mouthfeel with more some more vanilla and a little apricot.

Finish: Woody, sparkling water.

Overall: A well-aged grain whisky that’s a big step up from the upcoming no age statement release.

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What I say:

Sample No.3 from the #GirvanGrain Tweet Tasting hosted by Steve Rush @The WhiskyWire, @GirvanGrain and William Grant & Sons Global Whisky Specialist Kevin Abrook @KevinAbrook

Colour:

Full gold

Nose:

Oak wood, dunnage or wine warehouse, fruity peach, apple & apricot, reminds me of something single malt…(Balvenie 12 Doublewood)

Taste:

Sweet manuka honey, banana and coconut in brown sugar syrup, richly spiced carrot cake with lemon drizzle icing…

Finish:

Medium with oak wood and honey sweetness

Would I buy it:

Probably my favourite of the evening/range and possibly the best Single Grain whisky I have ever sampled, however very hard to justify the pricetag in this whisky as it is considerably higher than similar aged Girvan examples from Independent bottlers… If you do have that kind of money to spend on single grain whisky then this is definitely where to spend it!

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