Do you want a Single Grain ?
Last year Haig announced its no aged statement Single Grain with a “David Beckham” fanfare.
But at Rare Drams we have been letting the secret out about Aged Grains for several years.
What are Aged grains, you may ask?
The millions of litres of Single Malt that Scotland produces each year are not consumed by single malt lovers. In fact there is just a very small part of the whisky production sold as single malt, the greatest quantity, almost 70%, goes into the many blended whiskies on the Market, from Johnny Walker to Chivas Regal.
The Marriage partner in the Blend, and by far the largest partner in the marriage, is Grain whisky.
There will be up to 30 or 40 Single Malts in the marriage, and to “Blend” there will be the selected Grain Whisky.
Grain Whisky – is very different from malt whisky. These distilleries use a Continuous Distilling Process, unlike the pot stills of the Single Malt. These “continuous Stills” enable large, high alcohol spirits to be produced. These spirits are normally soft and mellow, and make ideal marriage partners.
Grain whisky distilleries use a mash of cereals.
This mash always includes some malted barley to kick start fermentation, but the bulk is made up of other un malted cereals like maize and wheat.
Grain whisky distilleries were never as numerous as malt whisky distilleries, because it’s always been very easy to scale up the production. In fact, like Malt Distilleries they have also declined considerably over the last decades. At the moment, there are the only seven operating grain whisky distilleries in Scotland
At Rare Drams we are particularly fond of the Aged Single Grains and would suggest that the best are left to mature for over 20 Years .
These grains begin their life with very little distinctive flavours and no colour. However left in the dark, in their cask for a very long time, they produce new magic, they return new colours.
There is Candy Floss, Toffee, Vanilla Ice Cream, Honey & Spice.
Compass Box have released several beautiful “blended” Grains including Hedonism. Their continued experimentation with wood delivers its own creative results, however until now Single Grains have been left to mature in refilled bourbon barrels, but I anticipate that with the growing interest in this dram, there will be new expressions and finishes coming onto the market.
Perhaps it is the best time to capture some of these special older Single Cask Single Grains
Heres a few for your collection:
Invergordon 25 YO
Cameronbridge 23 YO
Cambus 40 YO
Port Dundas 25 YO
Garnheath 41 YO
Girvan 26 YO
All of these Rare Grains currently available in Alberta….and look out for a few more www.raredrams.ca