Girvan No. 4 Apps Single Grain
William Grant & Sons // Lowlands, Scotland
Girvan is a single grain distillery owned by William Grant & Sons. The distillery, built in 1963, has been producing whisky ever since for their blended whiskies, but this is the first time the distillery has put out a distillery bottling. The No. 4 Apps (named after the distillery term for "apparatus") is distilled using vacuum distillation, something they have done since 1992. This is a wheat and barley mash and is aged (for an unstated time) in first fill and refill American oak.
Single GrainDistilled from a grain or mixture of grains, usually corn, wheat, or barley from one distillery, if Scotch or Irish must be aged for at least three years in barrels.
Cask Typefirst fill American oak
"Sweet cereal notes and a touch of barrel spice are detected along with a dollop of vanilla. The whisky has some roundness and softness on the mid-palate, so is not as sharp and angular as you might expect from the color (which is unadulterated). It is quite a delicate whisky; if you are looking for a big, bold, bruiser of a whisky, this will not be the whisky for you. That said it is a lovely start to the evening and would be a good sipper for someone who is just dipping their toes into the whisky waters."