Sutcliffe & Son The Exceptional Grain
Sutcliffe & Son // Scotland
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.
Blended GrainDistilled from a grain or mixture of grains, usually corn, wheat, or barley from two or more distilleries; if Scotch or Irish,must be aged for at least three years in barrels.
Cask Typefinished in first-fill sherry
"The nose is quite fragrant with berries sprinkled with cinnamon. The cereal grain is sweet and clear as a bell with the whisky showing just a touch of char smoke. Though the whisky is slightly oily on the palate, the texture is pleasant with a vanilla cream profile. The finish is long and delicate. If you're used to rich malts, this may not be to your liking, but if you are willing to give this a go, you may be pleasantly surprised. "