Grain whisky is made from any cereal grains, although in practice today maize (corn) is most widely used. Unlike single malt whiskies, grain whisky is normally distilled in a column still rather than a potstill, meaning far greater volumes can be produced. Grain whiskies are the main ingredient in most blended Scotch whisky. Read More »
A vintage single grain whisky from Diageo's Cameronbridge distillery, bottled by independent bottlers Signatory. There's a lot of excellent very old grain whisky around at the moment, but rather fewer younger expressions, so this is a very interesting treat.
Distillery bottlings of Strathclyde Single Grain are incredibly rare. In fact this seems to be the first one we've ever had and there are none over on the Malt Maniacs' Monitor either! Aged for 12 years, this was bottled in 2013 by Chivas Brothers as part of their Cask Strength Edition series.
Named for the founder of Cameronbridge distillery, John Haig, and created in partnership with David Beckham and Simon Fuller, the Haig Club is a light and sweet grain whisky created to open the world of whisky to a new group - those who don't think they like whisky. Fantastic over ice, in long drinks or in short cocktails, it's an easy-drinking dram that'll win anyone over.
This is pretty exciting stuff - a single grain whisky from the extinct and rarely-seen Cambus distillery, bottled at full strength from a refill butt by independent bottlers Signatory. This was distilled in 1991, just a couple of years before the distillery was closed.
A 1988 vintage Invergordon single grain from independent bottlers Berry Brothers & Rudd. Almost all of the distillery's output, apart from independent bottlings such as these, goes into the Whyte & Mackay range of blends.
A well aged, 1978 vintage grain whisky from Port Dundas. The distillery closed in 2010, but there are still casks of their whisky maturing and they sometimes see the light of day thanks to indies like Hunter Laing and their Sovereign range. Old grain can be a wonderful thing, and this is packed with soft fruits and sweet vanilla custard.
A 1978 vintage Port Dundas bottled by independent bottlers Douglas Laing as part of their Director's Cut series. The distillery produces the grain used for Diageo's range of blended whiskies, including Johnnie Walker and Bell's. This was aged for 35 years before being released in 2013.