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

Score: 74/100

Girvan No.4Apps

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

Candied Fruit

Cream

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.

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What I say:

Sample No.2 in the #GirvanGrain Tweet tasting was this expression named after the No.4 Apps.

Colour:

White gold

Nose:

A little more neutral than the New Make spirit this had cereal, hay, vanilla, foam banana sweeties

Taste:

Vanilla slice pastry, crème anglais, sugared almonds, banana honey and lime milkshake

Finish:

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.