The Girvan Patent Still No.4 Apps ~ 42.6% (William Grant & Sons Ltd.)
42.6% ABV, £43.90 for 70cl available from Master of Malt
What they say:
In 1963 our first Girvan Patent Still ran with spirit. Almost three decades later in 1992 we installed a pioneering new still which we named ‘No.4 Apps’ – a distillery term for ‘apparatus’.
This unique still, operated under a vacuum, permits distillation at low temperatures. Delivering a pure, vibrant and fruity single grain spirit, ripe for maturation in our vanillin rich American Oak.
This unique single grain whisky is distilled from two multi-pressure stills – No.4 and No.5 Apps. The vacuum distillation, at low temperature, creates a pure, fruity and intense spirit perfect for maturation in vanillin rich oak.
The result is Deliciously Different
No.4 Apps Sensory Highlights
Light & Delicate
Balance of Crisp Fruit against Oak
Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt
Nose: Fragrant vanilla and light notes of ripe orchard fruits, pears in particular.
Palate: Candied citrus peels, icing sugar, vanilla and a hint of oak spice. Bananas and honey too, a lovely combo.
Finish: Short and sweet with a peppery hint near the end.
Overall: Easy to enjoy, if a little sweet. A suitable introduction to single grain whisky for the uninitiated.
What I say:
Sample No.2 in the #GirvanGrain Tweet tasting was this expression named after the No.4 Apps.
A little more neutral than the New Make spirit this had cereal, hay, vanilla, foam banana sweeties
Vanilla slice pastry, crème anglais, sugared almonds, banana honey and lime milkshake
Short and sweet
Would I buy it:
An interesting and affordable grain whisky, I found this less-pleasing than the New Make Spirit, the oak maturation has tempered much of the spirit fruitiness and introduced a creamy vanilla.