To the uninitiated, grain whiskies are the filler in blends, knitting together the real flavour from the single malts and – since they’re typically cheaper to make – keeping the price down. Unfair. Apart from giving real flavour and texture to blends, well-made grain whiskies have a distinct character all their own.
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700 ml, 40% abv, ScotlandStrathcolm 12 year old Single Grain Scotch Whisky is bottled by Angus Dundee (who own Tomintoul and Glencadam distilleries) Single Grain Scotch Whisky is made using a continuous method called the Patent Still process. The majority of cereals used are typically un-malted like wheat, corn, maize and rye together with a small amount of malted barley. The cereals are cooked together under steam pressure to aid the conversion into soluble starch ready for fermentation and distillation in a Patent or Coffey still.
Matured in a high proportion of first-fill ex-Bourbon casks for 12 years.
"Very easy drinking"
700 ml, 43% abv, Ireland
The notion that "single grain" describes a whiskey made with just one grain is a common misconception. Rather, the term refers to whiskey made in a single location using malted barley and at least one other grain. 94% of the mash bill for Kilbeggan Single Grain is made of corn, with the other 6% being malted barley.
Kilbeggan Single Grain is a sweet spirit that absorbs the flavours of the casks it ages in. After aging in ex-bourbon barrels, it is finished in a marriage of ex-bourbon and different fortified wine barrels."The caramel from the nose carries through, and then it finishes with a little heat and currants"
700 ml, 42.0% abv, IrelandAnother release from Glendalough is Double Barrel, a no age statement whiskey, it is a single grain from a corn and malt mashbill, aged in ex-bourbon barrels before receiving a six month finish in ex-Oloroso Sherry casks. However we need to wait a few more years to taste whiskey from Glendalough's own Holstein stills.
"The nose packs apple and grass scents, with a solid note of dry wood. The flavor is fruity and woody in equal measures, in a place where white raisins mingles with peppery wood, mixed in with creamy butterscotch for good measure. The finish is light, but long lasting." (whiskyreviewer.com)
700 ml, 40% abv, Scotland (Lowland)This 'Single Grain' Scotch whisky was distilled at the Cameronbridge distillery. "A very light, gentle whisky" "Smooth. Nutty. Firm. Faintly coffeish. Smoky. With a slight, appetising, bitterness" "I have long enjoyed this whisky. It's own subtle character shines through.."(Michael Jackson)
700 ml, 43.0% abv, JapanChita is the serenity of Japanese whisky, from the inventive grain whisky distillery in the Chita Peninsula dedicated to the pursuit of making diverse grain whiskies. Through a rare continuous distillation process using two, three or four columns, the Chita Distillery mainly creates three types of grain whisky—clean, medium, and heavy. These whiskies have been aged in a variety of casks before coming together to produce the Chita Single Grain Whisky.
700 ml, 42% abv, Scotland (Lowland)In 1992 Girvan installed a pioneering new Patent Still which was 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 vanilla 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 vanilla rich American Oak. The result is Deliciously Different.
700 ml, 45% abv, JapanAn essential component of the Nikka blends, the Nikka Coffey Grain is an original single grain whisky, distilled in a 'Coffey still', which is a very traditional 'Patent Still' imported from Scotland in 1963. Exotic, fruity and unique.
700 ml, 51.7% abv, Scotland'Borders', a highland single grain Scotch whisky, 51.7% abv, natural colour, non-chill filtered. An uncommon composition, the only single grain Scotch Whisky to contain 50% wheat & 50% malted barley from one highland distillery, finished in Oloroso Sherry casks to represent the style of their future Borders distilling. Now, over 150 years since the last distillery in the Scottish Borders, they are returning to their roots and planning to reinstate whisky to the region. The River Tweed is iconic to this uncommon provenance. It is integral in the R & B story and in forming part of the border between Scotland and England. The soft rolling landscape that surrounds it is reflected in character through the light, sweet notes of this whisky.
700 ml, 52.9% abv, Scotland (Lowland)This 23 year old single grain Scotch whisky was distilled by the North British distillery in January 1991 and matured in a single cask until October 2014. Bottled at cask strength of 52.9% abv as part of Duncan Taylor's Rare Auld Grain range of single cask Scotch whisky.
700 ml, 55.7% abv, Scotland (Lowland)This 24 year old single grain Scotch whisky was distilled by the Strathclyde distillery in January 1990 and matured in a single cask until October 2014. Bottled at cask strength of 55.7% abv as part of Duncan Taylor's Rare Auld Grain range of single cask Scotch whisky.
700ml 55.1% abv, Scotland, (Lowland)A 25 year old single grain cask , bottled by Duncan Taylor as part of their Rare Auld series. Distilled 1991, bottled 2017 at 55.1% abv, 238 bottles produced, individually numbered . Cask #1112969.
*Sherry Cask Matured...lovely !
700ml 52.0% abv, Scotland, (Highland)A 29 year old single grain cask , bottled by Duncan Taylor as part of their Rare Auld series. Distilled 1988, bottled 2017 at 52.0% abv, 252 bottles produced, individually numbered . Cask #8134.
700 ml, 42% abv, Scotland (Lowland)In 2013 the Girvan Distillery introduced a range of Single Grain whiskies. The unique Continuous Distillation creates a delicious spirit full of a rich intensity. Joined with American White Oak the whisky 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"
700 ml, 55.6% abv, Scotland (Lowland)This very well aged 51 year old single grain Scotch whisky was distilled by the North British distillery on 21/12/1959 and matured in single cask #67876 until 31/01/2011. Bottled at cask strength of 55.6% abv as part of the Signatory Vintage range.
Beautifully presented gift case.Bottle #284 of 289.
700 ml, 51.9 % abv, Scotland (Lowland)A 1991 vintage of single grain Scotch whisky from Cambus, bottled by Signatory as part of their Cask Strength Collection. Distilled on 24 July 1991, matured for 24 years, bottled on 4 November 2015 at 51.9% abv, yielding 447 bottles. Cask No 55891.
700 ml, 46% abv, JapanA whisky blended by Ichiro Akuro, the founder of the now famous Chichibu Distillery in Japan, he’s known as the master of Chichibu distillery. "On the nose it's clean and fruity, a pleasant and approachable blended whisky. On the mouth it opens with apricot, peach and vanilla, moving to citrus and pepper. The finish is one of oak, vanilla and fresh stone fruits"
700 ml, 58.8% abv, Scotland (Lowland)An independent bottling by North Star Spirits of single grain Scotch whisky from the now lost Port Dundas distillery, which was closed in 2011. Distilled in August 2004 and matured for 12 years in ex-Bourbon casks until bottled at a cask strength of 58.8% abv in October 2016. 318 bottles produced.
North Star Spirits is a new independent bottler based out of Glasgow, Scotland. Created by former AD Rattray Ambassador Iain Croucher, the brand launched recently with an impressive series of Single Cask scotch whisky.