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CASK No. G7.8

Old & dignified

Sweet seduction in a car-wash

Age 30 Years
Date Distilled 28th May 1984
Cask Type Refill Ex-Bourbon Hogshead
Region Single Cask Grain Whisky
Outturn 1 of 264 bottles
ABV 59.5%
Colour Coppery fox tail


The nose reminded some panellists of car-wash day – polished leather and wood, chamois cloths, wax and T-cut – but sweetness rewarded their labours – marmalade on toast, caramel sauce, dark toffee, raisins, Demerara and Danish pastries – fruit salad, peppercorns and pine lent complexity. The neat palate was casked in spicy wood (pepper, chilli, charred oak) – but finely balanced by mysterious sweet seductions – oloroso sherry, dark chocolate, spun sugar and cinder toffee. The reduced nose discovered hoisin duck, teriyaki stir-fry and incense smoke. On the palate, chocolate fudge and tablet countered salted but juicy seared steak – complex and delicious stuff from Ayrshire’s grain distillery.

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