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Recommendation for a grain whisky?

Postby lincoln imp » Fri Dec 28, 2007 12:36 am

I have been thinking about buying a grain whisky for a while now but do not really know what to get. Some of the bottlings appear really old and quite expensive. Can anyone suggest a reasonably priced one to try? I dont fancy splashing out on an old Invergordan for fear of not liking it so i figured i better stick to a cheaper bottle to get me started.
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Re: Recommendation for a grain whisky?

Postby lincoln imp » Fri Dec 28, 2007 12:40 am

Sorry i seem to have done this twice and cannot seem to get rid of this one. :oops: :oops: :oops:
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Re: Recommendation for a grain whisky?

Postby woodhill » Fri Dec 28, 2007 12:59 am

do we reply on this one or t'other

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Re: Recommendation for a grain whisky?

Postby Di Blasi » Fri Dec 28, 2007 1:24 am

The first single grain that I tasted thus turning me on to them and impressed me too was a 40y 1964 Dunbarton from Clan Denny, (The Douglas Laing Brothers). Excellent whisky! I've had a few others in the meantime, also good. I had one in April at The Highlander in Craigellachie, a 15y Fuji Gotemba!!!!! (Yes, Japanese). Yowza, awesome! :thumbsup: Also a very good whisky!
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Re: Recommendation for a grain whisky?

Postby Aidan » Fri Dec 28, 2007 1:18 pm

I've had a few Invergordons. Both excellent. The Greenore 8 is ok too. Some people love it.
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Re: Recommendation for a grain whisky?

Postby pmullin » Fri Dec 28, 2007 3:00 pm

Aidan wrote:I've had a few Invergordons. Both excellent. The Greenore 8 is ok too. Some people love it.


I've also tried some Invergordon and can second the nomination.
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Re: Recommendation for a grain whisky?

Postby Spirit of Islay » Sat Dec 29, 2007 9:19 am

Hi lincoln imp,
Have a look here ,http://www.bladnoch.co.uk/whiskyprices.htm , Raymonds Invergordon is very good and reasonably priced .
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Re: Recommendation for a grain whisky?

Postby mattbuty » Sat Dec 29, 2007 8:15 pm

I have the Clan Denny Dumbarton, it is great. very sweet and tasty, and a real suprise for my guests when we talk blends
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Re: Recommendation for a grain whisky?

Postby Muskrat Portage » Sun Dec 30, 2007 6:45 am

Aidan wrote:I've had a few Invergordons. Both excellent. The Greenore 8 is ok too. Some people love it.
I'll second Aidan on the Greenore 8, it is a delightfully refreshing dram which I acquired from my source prior to it's release. Two actually.

I hadn't twigged to the fact it's grain whisky, 'though. Have to go take a second look at the label.

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Re: Recommendation for a grain whisky?

Postby Aidan » Sun Dec 30, 2007 2:10 pm

Peter, yes, I think it's the only Irish grain whiskey released. It may be distilled in pot stills, although I'm not sure about this.
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Re: Recommendation for a grain whisky?

Postby Aidan » Sun Dec 30, 2007 2:12 pm

PS, the only distilled grain at Cooley for the first few years. So while they have some much older stocks of grain whiskey. I think they'll be releasing much older Greenores very soon.
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Re: Recommendation for a grain whisky?

Postby vitara7 » Sun Dec 30, 2007 2:24 pm

you can pick up a bottle of cameron brig single grain whisky no age statment from the cameron bridge distillery in quite a few shops, including RMW and TWE very cheap too.
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Re: Recommendation for a grain whisky?

Postby hwh » Thu Jan 03, 2008 7:13 am

..haven't tasted too many grains...except our tasting club did Compass Box Hedonism recently and it was well received...pretty pricy though...$80+ a bottle or so...a John Glaser product...and he's a pretty interesting guy...imagine a scotch expert from Minnesota!!!
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Re: Recommendation for a grain whisky?

Postby Muskrat Portage » Fri Jan 04, 2008 2:18 am

Aidan wrote:PS, the only distilled grain at Cooley for the first few years. So while they have some much older stocks of grain whiskey. I think they'll be releasing much older Greenores very soon.
John:
Yep, you're right and I even knew that it was a grain whisky because I'd remarked on it when I picked them up. Must be losing memory cells. Must..drink...more...whisky! Save... what's....left....

On a side note, most of the Irish I own are from Cooleys.

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Re: Recommendation for a grain whisky?

Postby Aidan » Fri Jan 04, 2008 8:24 am

Peter, I read over my post and it does not make much sense... What I meant to say is that their stocks of malt aren't as old as their stocks of grain.

I like the stuff Cooley are making a lot. It is a worthy distillery.
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Re: Recommendation for a grain whisky?

Postby Muskrat Portage » Sat Jan 05, 2008 3:37 am

Aidan wrote:Peter, I read over my post and it does not make much sense... What I meant to say is that their stocks of malt aren't as old as their stocks of grain.

I like the stuff Cooley are making a lot. It is a worthy distillery.
I regretfully won't see much Greenore over here with the LCBO manning the gates against the barbarians. I have to agree that I really enjoy the Cooley offerings that I've been able to glean from the system here.

Now, to the Lair to see what I'm drinking next...

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Re: Recommendation for a grain whisky?

Postby IainB » Mon Jan 07, 2008 2:51 pm

I'll add my voice to those who said the Greenore 8yo. I've had 2 different bottlings at this stage, both good but the more recent one very good. Hopefully we will see this at different ages in the future.

There was another Irish single grain a couple of years ago - when Cooley were supplying the Clontarf brand the Black Label was a single grain (albeit charcoal mellowed).

Nowdays the grain is supplied by Irish Distillers and I think there may be some malt and / or pot still there also so it's a blend at this stage, but if you found a bottle for 3 / 4 years ago that should be a single grain.

I've also had a bottle of the Compass Box Hedonism which I would recommend, though I don't remember it being that expensive.

Loch Lomond also do an organic grain whisky which isn't too expensive - can't recommend it yet though, I haven't got around to opening the bottle.
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Re: Recommendation for a grain whisky?

Postby DavidH » Tue Jan 08, 2008 12:21 am

IainB wrote:I'll add my voice to those who said the Greenore 8yo. I've had 2 different bottlings at this stage, both good but the more recent one very good. Hopefully we will see this at different ages in the future.

I was wondering about that too. The Cooley website says:
The first Greenore will be an 8 year old, followed by a 10 year old, then a 16 year old and finally an 18 year old.

But John Hansell, on his blog has said:
And finally, it's only logical that Cooley would also release a 15 year old expression of their grain whiskey, Greenore. This too will find its way to the U.S. in the Spring.
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Re: Recommendation for a grain whisky?

Postby IainB » Tue Jan 08, 2008 10:57 am

Aidan wrote:Peter, I read over my post and it does not make much sense... What I meant to say is that their stocks of malt aren't as old as their stocks of grain.

I like the stuff Cooley are making a lot. It is a worthy distillery.


I agree. Cooley seem to keep things a bit more interesting, especially with Kilbeggan coming back on stream.
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Re: Recommendation for a grain whisky?

Postby IainB » Tue Jan 08, 2008 11:44 am

Aidan wrote:Peter, yes, I think it's the only Irish grain whiskey released. It may be distilled in pot stills, although I'm not sure about this.


Just thinking about this, if it was distilled in a pot still it would probably technically be a pure pot still. And if it was I'm sure Cooley would put pure pot still on the label. So I'd guess it's probably column distilled.
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Re: Recommendation for a grain whisky?

Postby Muskrat Portage » Sun Jan 13, 2008 7:15 pm

I checked out the Colley website here:
http://www.cooleywhiskey.com/_aboutWhis ... tion.shtml
This is what they say about distillation of Grain Whiskey:
Grain Whiskey Distillation in Columns

...Distillation: After fermentation, two separate distillation columns are used to produce a spirit of 94.6% alcohol which has the exact balance to produce one of the most flavoursome of grain whiskies.
Based on this, I would think that IainB is on track with his summation that Greenore is from a column still. Thank you Mr Coffey, wherever you are.

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Re: Recommendation for a grain whisky?

Postby IainB » Tue Jan 15, 2008 11:23 am

Muskrat Portage wrote:I checked out the Colley website here:
http://www.cooleywhiskey.com/_aboutWhis ... tion.shtml
This is what they say about distillation of Grain Whiskey:
Grain Whiskey Distillation in Columns

...Distillation: After fermentation, two separate distillation columns are used to produce a spirit of 94.6% alcohol which has the exact balance to produce one of the most flavoursome of grain whiskies.
Based on this, I would think that IainB is on track with his summation that Greenore is from a column still. Thank you Mr Coffey, wherever you are.

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You have to love the marketing speak though - the exact balance and all that. I'd imagine the 94.6% is about the maximum strength you can get from a column still. Which was one of the original aims of a column still anyway - the maximum amount of alcohol as quickly and cheaply as possible. Which is not to knock the whiskey, which I enjoy.

And anyway, it is, I'm sure, watered down before it's put into barrells.
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Re: Recommendation for a grain whisky?

Postby lincoln imp » Fri Jan 18, 2008 6:51 pm

Guys,
Thankyou for all your knowledgable comments so far. I am leaning towards a Carsbridge at the moment.
All posts are much appreciated.
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Re: Recommendation for a grain whisky?

Postby lincoln imp » Fri Jan 18, 2008 8:56 pm

Collector 57, can i ask which particular bottling of Carsbridge it was. ie, year and strength.
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Re: Recommendation for a grain whisky?

Postby BruceCrichton » Sat Jan 26, 2008 7:37 pm

Cameron Brig is popular in Fife.

I also recommend Greenore Irish whiskey and be sure to see what Duncan Taylor have in stock. Their 1979 Carsebridge is brilliant and other grain whiskies from them are usually worth grabbing.

Compass box also do a vatted grain whisky.
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Re: Recommendation for a grain whisky?

Postby woodhill » Sat Jan 26, 2008 9:32 pm

I'm on my second bottle of the North British 1980 single grain, and it's the best SG ive ever had!
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Re: Recommendation for a grain whisky?

Postby BruceCrichton » Sun Jan 27, 2008 3:30 pm

Who's the bottler for the 1980 North British?
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Re: Recommendation for a grain whisky?

Postby woodhill » Sun Jan 27, 2008 3:33 pm

BruceCrichton wrote:Who's the bottler for the 1980 North British?


I think it's a OB
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