Long the privileged secret of Master Blenders and canny warehousemen throughout the whisky industry, well-aged Single Grain Scotch Whiskies have in recent years been growing in appreciation and popularity amongst connoisseurs.
With a history of producing luxury blended whiskies dating back many years, the Directors of Hunter Laing & Co. understand and appreciate grain whiskies and are pleased to be guarding excellent stockholdings of certain such spirits between 25 and 50 years of age.
Hunter Laing’s Sovereign range of single cask single grain whiskies are bottled at cask strength and without chill filtration or artificial colouring. Any one of these rare Sovereign bottlings represents an opportunity to enjoy a whisky experience that is both intense and uncommon.
Another stunner from Carsebridge, independently bottled without chill filtration or additional colouring at cask strength by Hunter Laing for The Sovereign range in 2018. This single grain Scotch whisky was distilled all the way back in 1973 before it was matured in a single refill hogshead cask for 45 years. Given that the distillery closed all the way back in the 1980s, expressions like this are becoming increasingly rare.
Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt
Nose: Oak-y vanilla, chewy toffee and zesty marmalade lead among stewed ginger root, pear skins and milk chocolate.
Palate: Dried apricot and bitter orange drenched in butterscotch sauce, before crumbly chocolate digestives and lemon rind emerge.
Finish: Almond pastries and a flicker of ginger spice linger.