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Girvan Tasting Session WTF

By Miguel in Tasting , Girvan

There is a joke among whisky bloggers that says that many of them ( or us ) just write the reviews to get free whisky. I don’t find it fun because I get almost no free whisky ( and I would love guys! I am here! Send me samples!). But definitively, there are times, when this freedom that paying for your own stuff gives you, is #priceless


So, imagine. You are on The Whisky Show 2013 you can either go to a Single Grain Whisky tasting ( mysterious ) and spend around one hour there or taste, who knows…, 6-10 drams. Isn’t life full of hard decisions? For a reason I yet don’t understand I attended the Single Grain Whisky Tasting, just to find that it was about Girvan whiskies.

Three whiskies. Nothing on the labels. The guy running the tasting explains how the column still works and show us a bit of the Girvan distillery and then we start tasting…

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Can Grain Whisky cost the same than Malt Whisky?

By Miguel in Featured , Girvan

From the author of don’t invest in whisky and why Johnnie Walker will kill you, I introduce today a question that has been hitting my since I visited The Whisky Show 2013.
While I was there, I attended the Girvan Single Grain Whisky Tasting with… erm… nevermind I don’t remember his name. It was an interesting tasting with a little Powerpoint explaining us how the Girvan plant was built, how big it was and how much alcohol it can produce. Then, we tasted three whiskies, a 25 years old, a one without name but very young and a 30 years old.

You all know that I am from Spain, and well, English isn’t my main language and we Spaniards don’t stand for our skill learning other languages so for me it is for me hard to write and really express what I want to say but I have a bigger issue when talking and listening to english ( I am improving )… so during the tasting I think I listened the person in charge explain us that this “quite special” Girvan whisky was going to have a retail price of £250. What. The. Hell. £250!. It must be my english. Damn! Two Hundred Fifty. It can’t be right.

I really think you can’t explain how big and how much alcohol Girvan produce and then try to “sell” me a bottle of whisky as something special with a special price tag… C’mon! You have another 60 million litres of it on casks, every year.

With malt whisky we are “suffering” a similar experience with more and more expensive releases each day. It is like a competition about who charge more for its whiskies. So my question is: Do you think it is legit? Where is the limit? When is it enough?

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Girvan 1989 Cask 37532 Berry Bros & Rudd

By Miguel in Tasting , Girvan

“At first nose isn't promising at all but then the palate and the finish of this grain whisky makes you fall in love with it”

Girvan 1989 Cask 37532 (Berry Brothers and Rudd)

This dram has a fino-like color.

Nose (86): average. floral, honey, vanilla, spices, cinnamon, citrus, ginger.

Palate (90): powerful, oily. honey, spices, vanilla, wood, cinnamon, citrus, liquorice.

Finish (90): longer than average. honey, spices, liquorice.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Girvan 1989 Cask 37532 (Berry Brothers and Rudd) with 89 points over 100.

Girvan 45 years old 1965 the Clan Denny Tasting note

By Miguel in Tasting , Girvan

“Fabulous nose with a mind-blowing taste. The best single grain whisky I have ever had.”

Girvan 45 year 1965 The Clan Denny
A very rare single cask grain whisky.

This was distilled at Girvan in 1965 and aged for an amazing 45 years in refill hogshead number 6276 before bottling for the Clan Denny label.

This is perhaps the best single grain whisky I have ever tried.

This dram has a cooper-like color.

Nose (94): strong. floral, oranges, dates, corn, honey, candies, citrus. Awesome nose. So complex, so deliciously sweet floral, so gorgeous...

Palate (94): powerful, oily. corn, wood, honey, spices, oranges, citrus, pepper.

Finish (92): long. corn, spices, wood, candies.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Girvan 45 year 1965 The Clan Denny with 93 points over 100.