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Girvan, Milroy’s of Soho Single Cask Single Grain 1988
Unless you happen to live in the ‘Kingdom of Fife’ in the east of Scotland, where the locally-distilled Cameron Brig can be found on optic in many bars, you are unlikely to have regular access to single grain whiskies. Independent bottlers occasionally offer single cask, single grains, with the likes of Port Dundas, Strathclyde, Invergordon, North British, Cambus and Carsebridge currently being available from specialist retailers, but the ‘rarest of the rare’ is surely Girvan. Distilled by William Grant & Sons Ltd in their distilling, blending and maturation complex on the Ayrshire coast, Girvan very rarely sees the light of day, except as a constituent in blended Scotch whisky, and hardly ever makes it into double figures in terms of age. Milroy’s latest 21-year-old single cask bottling therefore wins points for exclusivity as well as for quality. It offers cereal and spicy banana on the slightly oily nose, while the well-mannered palate is textured, with notes of vanilla fudge and hazelnuts. Then steadily drying, with a lengthy, spicy finish. A very reasonable price for a real whisky rarity, and definitely worth a dram! (309 bottles) 46.0% ABV, 70cl, £49.00, Milroy's of Soho.

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