The Girvan Patent Still 30 Years Old 2014 ~42.6% (William Grant & Sons Ltd.)
42.6% ABV, £374.95 available from Master of Malt
What they say:
The Girvan Patent Still continuous distillation method takes the finest cereal grains to produce a very pure, fruity and clean-tasting grain spirit, which is lighter in aroma and character than most malt whiskies.
Slow, gentle maturation in American Oak barrels adds richness and complexity – notes of vanilla, zesty fruit and woody spiced finish – for a taste experience unlike other whiskies.
Bottled without the addition of caramel, and non-chill filtered, the natural golden colour shines through.
It is quite simply Deliciously Different.
Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt
Nose: Floral honey, home-made vanilla ice cream, toffee pennies and dried sultanas. Old oak sits at the centre.
Palate: Up front we’re treated to fried bananas drizzled with honey, juicy peaches and oodles of vanilla. Rich nutty notes follow on, as does spiced oak and Victoria Sponge Cake.
Finish: Long and full of all the great stuff that came before, the vanilla and oak standing out amongst it all.
Overall: Staggeringly good grain whisky from Girvan.
What I say:
The 4th and final sample from the #GirvanGrain Tweet Tasting hosted by Steve Rush @The WhiskyWire, @GirvanGrain and William Grant & Sons Global Whisky Specialist Kevin Abrook @KevinAbrook. Kevin pointed out that this whisky was distilled during the last year that maize was used in the mashbill at The Girvan Patent Still.
Tropical mango, pineapple, perfumed Turkish delight, syrup and honey sweet, creamy toasted coconut
Dried mango, pineapple upside-down cake with golden syrup, apple & rose & elderflower blossom/cordial, vanilla
Medium-long oak wood and vanilla
Would I buy it:
I actually preferred the 25 year old expression a little more than this 30 year old. A distinctly tropical flavour had started to develop and some underlying differences in the new make may have resulted from the mashbill perhaps. Still this was a very good single grain expression that is more than a match for many single malt whiskies available. Again a little pricey, I would probably recommend the 25 year old over this…