Girvan Distillery Tasting Notes

Posted: May 2, 2016 in Girvan, Scottish Grain Whisky

The Girvan Patent Still Grain 25 year old Launch Edition 42%

Tasted: Feb 2016

Nose: Fresh, high toned and relatively young (in grain terms) there’s some nascent dried fruit and plenty of herbal/ grassy notes. With time some lightly estery banana and pineapple appear along with some creamy oak.

Palate: Fuller and weightier with the dried fruit showing a more oilier character and a light rum-like demeanor. The alcohol gives it a good piquancy.

Finish: Medium length with quite a youthful, grainy finish.

Conclusion: A pleasant if not earth shattering grain.

The Girvan Patent Still Grain No Age Statement Proof Strength 57.1%

Tasted: Feb 2016

Nose: Stunning depth of Cognac-esque dried fruit, liquid honey, apricot, nuts and moist fruitcake. The oak is dusty and mature and overall the balance is superb. A drop of water brings out some lovely fruity esters and an almost rye-like note.

Palate: Given the abv it is remarkably soft. A little crisper than the nose but still full of mature dried fruit. Possibly there is some sherry at work here as a subtle raisinated/ pruney character comes through along with a smidge of dark honey. With water the palate shows its age with the fruit disappearing to be replaced by an over straw-like character.

Finish: Long with lingering, slightly earthy, dried fruit.

Conclusion: It comes across as a lovely middle aged grain, possibly somewhere in the region of 35 years? Best drunk neat though.

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