It made me start to think that I have never actually had a grain whisky (not that I know of anyway).
I do enjoy blends but unlike some I don't have the ability to identify the grain from the malt in each blend.
the questions are this.
(1) Can grains be quiality in terms of flavour?
(2) If it is not in The Whisky Bible where might i get tasting notes?
1) Deffinatly yes! Grain (but more specific single grain) can be very very good. I only tried 2 so far, Invergordon 36Y old and Greenore 8Y old. Both were remarkeble and specially the Invergordon is marvellous, i spend more time nosing it then drinking, the aromas are superb. Also had some 'vatted-blended-whateveryoucallitnow grain, although they are good too i find single grain to be more to my liking, they are a tad bit more robust.
as for your second question, i dont know, sorry, i often ask the sellers for their opinions and often they give me a sample before i buy.
Very waxy, on vanilla, rum, raisins and burnt cake. Not extremely complex but very satisfying and totally flawless. Hints of fructose, fresh pineapple that add some extra-balance to it. Superb!
It's a shame you don't intend to open it, but I guess at over £70 you're not going to buy two.
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Nick Brown wrote:I tried a Carsebridge Rarest of the Rare at Whiskyfringe and was very impressed. It was a little bourbonny with sweetish vanilla notes, but then exploded into dried fruit and coconuts. Absolutely fantastic - don't bother with a miniature, get a second full bottle for drinking.
Thanks for that Nick.... i might need to work on the wife to convince her that I need a second bottle.
JimHall wrote:(1) Can grains be quiality in terms of flavour?
Cameron Brig is excellent and I've had some good indie bottlings of Invergordon and North British.
JimHall wrote:(2) If it is not in The Whisky Bible where might i get tasting notes?
Try Jim Murray's 'Classic Blended Scotch'.
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