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Girvan 1989 30 Years Old

Lowland Single Grain Scotch Whisky

70cl / 51.8%

Girvan grain distillery doesn't look very much like a traditional distillery, with complex pipe work and wiring wrapped around tall columns. It looks futuristic and, while it's not changed as much as you might think since it opened in the 1960s, it is the futuristic side of the still-old-fashioned Scotch whisky world – the perfect whisky to examine a potential future of AI and automation. This whisky was filled into a single hogshead on 17 December 1989 and bottled on 9 September 2020.

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Tasting Notes

  • Billy Abbott, The Whisky Exchange

    • Nose

      Freshly varnished tables, beeswax polish, butterscotch, cinder toffee, caramel and hints of treacle. Portuguese egg custard tarts peek around the edges, complete with appropriately singed pastry, each sprinkled with freshly grated lemon zest.

    • Palate

      A punch of sweetness is accompanied by dark, singed, treacle toffee, dark chocolate and barrel char. Blackcurrants and forest floor earthiness follow, with lighter caramel and toffee notes floating on top. A touch of vanilla cream and candied lemon peel sit at the back.

    • Finish

      Cinnamon-spiced toffee, rich caramel and butterscotch linger, with polished oak slowly developing.


  • Body
  • Richness
  • Smoke
  • Sweetness


  • Vanilla Vanilla
  • Cinnamon Cinnamon
  • Lemon Lemon
  • Butterscotch Butterscotch
  • Wax Wax
  • Caramel Caramel