By: Andrew Whiteley
K&L Staff Member
It's hard to put this whisky into its proper context. We've tried to explain grain whisky in so many ways over the years, but nothing ever quite does it justice. It's simply not malt and it's certainly not bourbon. While it may share some characteristics with these, the single grain we bottle deserves its own focus. I believe part of the unique character of these whiskies comes from the fact that they were never meant to be bottled on their own. They were supposed to go into blends long ago. Unlike the forgotten malts that reach this type of age - grain is often filled into quite neutral barrels - perfect for decades long aging without becoming overly woody or tannic. If you've ever had 40+ year old malt, while it's undeniably special, it can often be a little extreme and massively tannic. At 45 years of age, this grain in refill bourbon wears just enough wood to highlight the natural form in all its beauty. It's like lingerie for whisky at this point. You know it's there, but all you can see is underneath. In this case insane richness, melted caramel, fruit in fresh cream, butter pudding, orange zest and vanilla candy. It stands alone as an experience in the whisky world unlike anything else. Complex, smooth, friendly, sweet, and luxurious. All for a modest price tag considering this was distilled the same year Nixon was impeached. Any malt or bourbon that old would not only cost many thousands of dollars, it might just be undrinkable. This is why single grain truly stands apart.