||Grain & Malt Whiskies (see below)|
This whisky is one of two standard "Great King Street" whiskies, and in a very different profile than its sister whisky Glasgow Blend. It is presented in great fashion, without colouring or chill filtration. A typical vatting:
- 46% Girvan Grain whisky (first fill American oak barrel)
- 29% Clynelish (first fill American oak barrel)
- 8% Teaninich (sherry butt)
- 17% blend of Clynelish, Teaninich, and Dailuaine (custom toasted French oak hybrid barrel)
The hybrid barrel is a common use from Compass Box, being made from specialty barrels with different levels of toasting on the outer staves and the barrel heads. More from Compass Box here.
- Batch: N/A
- Bottling Code: L 20 08 12 3 11:04 88
- Bottling Date: 2012
Lemon peel, vanilla, malt, barley sugar, with a fat, buttery body and still a few candied notes in the mix. Citrus, too, but the bulk of this whisky is full of cream and vanilla. What a mouthfeel! Rich, and tons of vanilla, with aged grain whisky doing absolutely fabulous work in the background. Wow, on the palate - I'm surprised so much came after quite a subdued nose. This is thick stuff too - very viscous in the mouth, with an enduring finish and story. There is a bit of acidity and spice underneath which adds some good complexity as well. Really great stuff, and in Canada this is still clocking in at a great price.
Value: 86/100 (based on $55)