Our Favorite Grain Whiskeys

Made from unmalted grains and oh so delicious, these are our favorite grain whiskeys!
Jun 22, 2016
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    10 Haig Club Single Grain
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    Sweet & Vanilla
    Haig Club is a single grain whisky distilled at the Cameronbridge Distillery and is made from a mash bill of 90% wheat and 10% malted barley. After distillation, it is aged in a mix of first fill, refill and rejuvenated bourbon barrels for 6-7 years. Though single grain whiskies are the working horse of many blends, they are rarely bottled to shine on their own.
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    9 The Cally 40 Year (2015 Special Release)
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    Rich & Full Bodied
    Caledonian Distillery in Edinburgh produced whisky from 1855 until its closure in the late 1980s. This single grain expression is named “The Cally,” after what employees affectionately called the distillery. It was distilled in 1975 and bottled at cask-strength after a long maturation period of 40 years. This limited edition bottling was released by the original distillers in 2015, as part of Diageo's Special Releases Collection.
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    8 Sutcliffe & Son The Exceptional Grain
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    Fruity & Sweet
    The Exceptional is a blended grain whisky created from three different barrels from three different distilleries. One barrel was distilled in 2000 at the North British Distillery, one is from the Loch Lomand distillery, and one is a 30 year old whisky from the Carsebridge distillery. The latter distillery shut its doors in 1983. These whiskies were blended by Willie Phillips formerly with The Macallan and finished in first-fill sherry casks. Limited availability as only 1500 bottles were produced.
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    7 Port Dundas 52 Year (2017 Special Release)
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    Vanilla & Sweet
    Released in 2017 as part of Diageo's annual fall special release collection, this single grain whisky was distilled in 1964. Aged for 52 years in refill American oak hogsheads. Bottled at 44.6% ABV, only 752 bottles are available for purchase.
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    6 Suntory The Chita Single Grain
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    Fruity & Sweet
    From Suntory's "silent" distillery in the Aichi Prefecture, this is a single grain whisky from the Chita Distillery, which opened in 1972 in Port Nagoya, Japan. This grain distillery already produces whiskies you know and love, namely the grain whisky backbone of the Hibiki range and other Suntory products. Extremely rare offerings aside, Suntory hasn't bothered to bottle much of anything from Chita as a single grain. Its one domestic core range product, the Chita Grain (which was already a limited-production bottling), all but disappeared as demand for Hibiki expanded. Initially released for the Japanese market in September 2015, beginning in July 2016, it will be available at select travel retail and duty free outlets.
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    5 Nikka Coffey Grain Whisky
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    Sweet & Rich
    Grain whiskies are the base for most blended whiskies throughout the world. Nikka has decided to use the column still (aka Coffey still) rather than the more modern continuous stills to retain more character to their final product. It is quite unusual, however, to bottle and sell this product instead of using it for blending. The grains used here are primarily corn with a splash of barley.
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    4 Teeling Single Grain Whiskey
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    Sweet & Rich
    Released to the US in 2015, this whiskey from Teeling is a predominately corn-based single grain whiskey. This is fully matured in California red wine barrels. Bottled at 46% ABV it is non chill-filtered.
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    3 Girvan Patent Still Single Grain 30 Year
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    Fruity & Sweet
    Though single grain whiskies from Girvan exist in the independent bottling world, you will almost never see single grain whisky from ANY distillery released at this age. With the mash bill predominately containing corn and aged mostly in American oak, this is essentially their 25 Year Single Grain: The Sequel. But much more “Godfather 2” than “Hangover 2.”
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    2 Compass Box Hedonism, The Muse
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    Vanilla & Rich
    Launched on March 8, 2018 in celebration of International Women's Day, this limited edition release features the woman which featured on their initial Hedonism release nearly two decades prior--the first time a woman was featured on a scotch whisky bottle. This whisky was created with the assistance of Jill Boyd, the first female whiskymaker in the company's history who joined the team in January 2017. It features grain whiskies from Invergordon, North British, Strathclyde, and Port Dundas distilleries along with a portion of blended grain whisky from an unknown source (the "recipe" for the whisky regarding percentages and types of barrels listed on the Compass Box website.) This blended grain whisky is bottled at 53.3% ABV, a number which reflects the percentage of women in the Compass Box business.
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    1 Compass Box Hedonism
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    Rich & Fruity
    You might be asking "what is a grain whisky?" In short, it is whisky distilled in a continuous still from a mixture of cereals, most typically wheat, corn, and barley. These whiskies generally are sold very young to other blended whisky companies. What Compass Box have done here is to take grain whiskies from a few different grain distilleries, on average 25 years old, and blended them together. The result is superb.