Whisky Review – The Girvan Patent Still 30 year old Single Grain Whisky

The Girvan Patent Still 30 year old Single Grain Whisky
42% ABV
Non-Chill Filtered
No added colouring
Available for £366 from Master of Malt
  
The final in my short run of The Girvan Patent Still official bottling range. The 30 year old. What were you doing 30 years ago? For some reading this you probably hadn’t even been born yet (lucky sods). Well, over 30 years ago this liquid before me was being created through a column still, and laid to rest in a barrel. Makes you think really. 30 years ago I was actually recovering from a broken femur and pee’d off that I didn’t see Ghostbusters at the cinema because I was laid up in a hospital bed bouncing their fish fingers off the walls. Anyway I digress.  Let’s try the whisky. 
Nose.
From first pour and sniff this is obviously a bit older! It really shows it. We have lots of old oak influence. Museums, polished wood furniture, varnish, glue. Old vanilla. A touch of dunnage warehouse. Leaving it in the glass for a while. There are more fruits coming forward now. Softer fruits. Old yellow apples. Banana. Soft oranges. A little touch of the tropics. Honeycomb. Some old mint leaves. In the spice range we have cracked black pepper, some ginger and a hint of clove. 
Palate.
Beautifully sweet, oily arrival. Intense vanilla fudge and some coffee. Some rich ripe fruits, stewed and mushed down into lovely thick sticky jam. Spicy Banana bread. Thick toffee, sweet creamy Devon custard. This is just a pure pleasure to hold in the mouth and savour. Creamed rice desert and Creme brûlée. It’s reminding me of all the sweet creamy desert puddings I’ve ever had. Lovely lovely lovely. 
Finish.
Spicy vanilla, creamed corn and rich oak sticks around for a long length finish. The sweet spices are ever present and the jammy fruits stick around until the very end which turns mouth drying, with some buttered overcooked toast. 
Adding water.
1 drop. The nose has a more softer floral oakiness, losing a lot of its fruit and complexity. The palate is very much sweeter and lacking complexity. And the finish also diminished.  This is old whisky and therefore understandably fragile. DO NOT WATER. Please. 
Conclusion. 
That’s just luxury. It is an awesome whisky. Beautiful to sip slowly and savour over a long evening. This whisky will inherently go a long way because each sip lasts much longer than your average whisky due to the richness and complexity. It’s fantastic stuff. If it were in my price range it would be my purchase of the bunch. 
Many thanks to the Girvan Patent Still for providing the lovely tasting set. 

Whisky Review – The Girvan Patent Still 25 year old Single Grain Whisky

The Girvan Patent Still 25 year old Single Grain Whisky
42% ABV
Non-Chill Filtered
No added colouring
Available for £245 from Master of Malt
  
Time for another Girvan Patent Still single grain whisky. This time 25 years old. A significant jump in age from the non-aged No 4 Apps, and a significant jump in price. Let’s sip on. 
Nose.
Rich vanilla straight from pouring and touches of nail varnish and some wood glue. Immediately and obviously more aged than No4. Very evident in terms of oak spices present. The fruit is more boiled bad own. Apples, pears and some oranges. Some light pepper and a hint of cinnamon. Touches of spearmint. Some thick caramel and a whiff of grated white chocolate. There is more prominent oak, some sawdust. Nice, complex stuff. 
Palate.
Thick, rich and sweet arrival. Deep boiled fruits, apples, some berries, oranges. All smothered in thick melted toffee. The fruity spirit is still very alive amongst the cask influence, and the cask has done wonders to round things off and give off those vanilla spices, and beautifully oily complexities. Dangerously easy to keep sipping. Some lovely pastry notes as well, intermingling with the cinnamon spices, it’s almost like drinking a Cinnabun.  
Finish.
Long length finish of Baked apples, pears, thick toffee, caramel, white chocolate. Ginger and cinnamon. A touch of coffee.  Drying over time and leaving some more bitter chocolate and oak behind, but those boiled apples, still there. 
Adding water.
1 solitary drop. The nose has a little added floral and extra sweetness to the spices. The palate is also sweeter, more rounded and downright delicious. Water does definitely re-vitalise the spirit within.  The finish a little shorter and more oak influenced. Personally I would probably leave this without adding water. But I can understand and respect the variation of experience. 
Conclusion. 
Well….dilemma time. Honestly it’s very expensive. But there is no denying this is a lovely whisky. Very tasty, honest stuff. If you have the money, and want something luxurious and different to the normal malts then this is well worth the shot. 
Many thanks to the Girvan Patent Still for providing the lovely tasting set. 

Whisky Review – The Girvan Patent Still No. 4 Apps Single Grain Whisky

The Girvan Patent Still No. 4 Apps Single Grain Whisky
42% ABV
Non-Chill Filtered
No added colouring
Available for £43.84 from Master of Malt
  

 

After a superb start with the new make spirit (read here), I’m onto the entry level in The Girvan Patent Still’s range. The No. 4 apps. Named after their still installed in 1992, the No 4 Apps (Apparatus) is a unique still, operated under a vacuum, permitting distillation and low temperatures.  The whisky in the bottle is distilled from the No4 and No5 Apps (Stills). 
Nose.
Subtle. Lightly sweet. Cream caramel, with some runny toffee sauce. There are some crisp apples in the background. Popcorn. Jellied soft fruit sweeties. A little touch of oak here and there. 
Palate.
Sweet and creamy arrival. Lots of vanilla, caramel, toffee and runny honey. Some buttery corn comes through in the development, some drier toffee and tinned apples in syrup. There is a nice light oiliness to the mouth feel enabling the flavours to travel. 
Finish.
Sweet turning dry with some oak tannins.  The vanilla shines now, some ice cream and bittersweet toffee coating. Smooth as silk. No ABV burn across the board. Just creamy, smooth, easy going lushness. 
Adding water.
4 drops added. Much more fresh fruit (apples – it’s awoken the spirit) on the nose now, with the creamy sweet notes diluted down. On the palate the fruit is more upfront as well, but there is a delicious vanilla ice cream running through the fresh apples. The finish has a little more oakiness, but those lovely crisp apple skins and custard notes stick around for a fair while considering the whisky is so young. 
Conclusion. 
This is lovely easy going stuff. If you want complexity then I wouldn’t say your going to get it, but if you want a lovely, easy going, drinkable (in fact to the point of dangerously so) whisky, then look no further. This is good stuff.
Many thanks to the Girvan Patent Still for providing the lovely tasting set. 

Whisky Review – The Girvan Patent Still New Make Spirit

The Girvan Patent Still New Make Spirit
42% ABV
Non-Chill Filtered
No added colouring
Unavailable
  
Coming off the stills at 94% ABV, this would be more than hazardous to try at that strength.  I can’t help wanting to have a sniff though.  However, no chance right now. But I do have a curious test tube of the new make diluted to 42% (the same strength as the Girvan Patent Still’s official bottlings). 
I’m having a Girvan session. Let’s start with the new stuff. 
Nose.
Spirity! Doh!  It’s actually fascinating. I came into this expecting a vodka like experience. But no. There is some very crisp apples, buttery pop corn and Creme caramel.  There is very little to no alcohol burn on the nose
Palate.
Wow. Apples. Apples. Apples. Juice! Again, hardly any alcohol burn. Very very juicy apples, freshly pressed. Straight in at the arrival, very sweet, through development. Touches of popcorn. Later on some apple pulp and peel. 
Finish.
Apple skin, drying out. Like chewing on apple skins. Touches of sweetcorn. 
Adding water.
I really don’t want to. But adding a drop.  Creamier now, with some more corn influence. Some custard with your freshly sliced apples. Palate reflects this, less intensity to the apples now, but more of a creaminess coming through. The finish is creamy and quite delicious. 
Conclusion. 
Why the hell cant I buy this?  Or I’ll rephrase.   Please sell this! It’s very very nice!
Many thanks to the Girvan Patent Still for providing the lovely tasting set.