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World Whiskies Awards 2009 World's Best Grain Whisky


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World Whiskies Awards 2009
World's Best Grain Whisky

Dry, subtle and austere slowly opening to grainy notes then the soft sweetness of lemon biscuits. Sweet, aged corn liquor with a luxurious oily mouthfeel. Citric notes balance the creaminess. This one shows why blends need grain whisky Davin de Kergommeaux

Fresh clover honey in a crowded, sweaty marketplace. Honey-dipped biscuit, canned pineapple, slightly waxy Liza Weisstuch

Very light aroma; trace of acetone; sweet taste with much US oak influence. Light body and short finish Charles MacLean

Fresh, summer in the nose, standing in a corn-field, some sweetness, a bit glutinous in the mouth, leaves a mix of sugar and slight mint Bernard Schafer

Yankee cornbread (to you foreigners means sweet), fresh cream, stoneground corn grits, toffee and light toast LeNell

World Whiskies Awards 2008
World's Best Grain Whisky

Citrussy and grassy. Orange, lime. Lemonade soda. Abig whiff of vanilla. Drying hay. Very smooth and refreshing. A slight sherbety feel on the tongue. The finish is short but clean and sweet. A well structured and balanced dram ~ Martine Nouet

Very light in colour with nice light grain on the nose. This whisky is light and refreshing with perfect balance of subleties – bready, toffee, green tea, butter cookie, and lemongrass. Smooth and well balanced finish with lingering grain notes. ~ Mike Miller

Black liquorice candy. ~ Charles Cowdrey

Elegant creation with a gentle structure. Rye, sweet grassy notes with herbal dirt as well. Very good. ~ William Dowd

The nose shows Tutti fruitti ice cream, pecan pie, butterscotch. The palate is sharper and spicier than the nose, with banana skin and under-ripe peach. Ordered, rounded and pleasant finish. Some people are predicting single grains could be the next big thing. This is a fine example. The nose gives it plenty to live up to. ~ Dominic Roskrow

Michael Jackson

Fresh, lightly fruity (roasted peppers?). A hint of charcoal.
Creamy. Polenta-like. Sweet, appetising.
A hint of lemon.
Someone knows what they are doing. Who would have thought grain whisky could taste so good?

Dave Broom

Soft and creamy but with good intensity. Ripe, elegant and lush with wild strawberry, Milky Bar (white chocolate) and Butterkist popcorn. Sexy.
Soft, silky and chewy, with a spicy lift and touch of ripe cherry.
Fragrant. The chocolate comes back with some mint and cream.
THIS is innovation at work in whisky.
Whisky Magazine Issue 21

Whisky Magazine Issue 21
Whisky and art - Buying a cask - Brian Morrison - Rye Tasting.

Published February 2002.

World Whiskies Awards 2009 World's Best Grain Whisky

World Whiskies Awards 2009

World's Best Grain Whisky

World Whiskies Awards 2008 World's Best Grain Whisky

World Whiskies Awards 2008

World's Best Grain Whisky

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