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Grain Whisky

Grain whisky has been produced for over 100 years but it still manages to slip under the radar of many a whisky drinker.

 

As the name suggests grain whisky is a combination of different grains which are then used to create a different style of whisky. The grains used in the production of grain whisky can vary but are usually a mixture made up of maize, rye, wheat and, essentially, malted barley.

 

The other big difference between single grain whisky and single malt whisky comes in the production process. Firstly, grain whisky is made on a tremendously large scale compared to the small batch process that is used the make single malt whisky. This means that it is significantly less expensive and also means that it can be used on a much larger scale. Most grain whisky that is produced is used to create blended whisky; the economic backbone of the Scotch whisky industry. The second big difference in the production process comes in the form of distillation. While single malt whisky is distilled in copper pot stills, grain whisky is distilled in continuous stills. As the name suggests these stills run in a non-stop fashion and they tend to produce a very light, fresh spirit. The invention of these stills in 1830 by Aeneas Coffey revolutionised distilling and opened up a whole new style of whisky in Scotland.

 

Although it has traditionally been used for blended whiskies grain whisky has become a more respected spirit in its own right in the past few years. With whisky companies like Compass Box embracing the spirit as well as a raft of independent bottlers releasing expressions it seems that grain whisky is now being seen in a different light.

 

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Although now lost to us, there are still casks of Cambus in the hands of independent bottlers like Signatory. Bottlings like this make us very glad there are as it really shows just how good grain whi...
Bourbon
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North Star Spirits take great pride in bottling what they consider to be some of the finest single casks whiskies on the market - and it's hard to disagree when being presented with this 37 year old s...
Bourbon
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Cameronbridge
£154.95
An independently bottled release of Cameronbridge, the largest grain distillery in Europe. Distilled in October 1997 and aged for 21 years, only 265 bottles have been drawn out of a single refill ex-b...
Refill Bourbon
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The Carsebridge grain distillery is now, sadly, silent. Part of the 2018 Special Release from Diageo, this limited edition single grain whisky from 1970 is a run of 1,000 bottles all at the natural ca...
Bourbon
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Carsebridge
£795.95
Carsebridge is gone. It was closed in 1983, and many parts of the building have now been knocked to the ground. But, as is quite often the case with whisky, the spirit produced there has lived on. Th...
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Carsebridge
£499.95
A tasty bourbon cask of Girvan Grain whisky from North Star Independent Bottlers. Only 180 bottles of this available, this bottling has hints of coconut and chocolate.
Bourbon
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Girvan
£135.95
Bottled by Holyrood Distillery under the name Holyrood Spirits Merchants, this is a single grain Scotch whisky matured in Alligator Heavy Char Barrels (AHC) imparting lots of vanilla, toffee and creme...
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Holyrood
£39.50
Loch Lomond holds a very unusual place in the Scotch whisky industry as they produce both single malt and single grain whisky. Even better than this they release both so you can samples everything the...
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Loch Lomond
£27.95
A single cask of Edinburgh's single grain whisky North British bottled by the excellent folk from Bramble Bar. This was matured for over 4 years in a virgin oak cask meaning it resembles more Bourbon-...
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New American Oak
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A single grain whisky from Edinburgh's North British distillery matured for 27 years and bottled from an ex sherry butt by Wemyss Malts. Titled 'Caramel Apple Sauce', expect lots of divine dessert no...
Sherry
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It's been said that Edinburgh has a distinct smell of brewing on certain days. Little do people know that it is North British distillery, tucked away in Gorgie that creates this malty aroma. This expr...
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North British
£26.95
The Port Dundas grain distillery in Glasgow operated for 200 years until closing in 2011. Now demolished, all that remains of the one of Scotland's largest distilleries are the casks of whisky produce...
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This is very unusual- an officially bottled grain whisky. Originally released as part of Chivas Brothers' Distillery Reserve Collection, this Strathclyde was bottled in August 2018 from 3 casks after ...
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Refill Sherry
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Light, easy going and yet still flavourful. This grain whisky from Angus Dundee has, admittedly, rather 1980s livery but we love the fact its an age-stated bargain chance to try grain whisky. It's goo...
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Strathcolm
£26.95
Created by Sutcliffe & Son, an American independent bottler, this grain whisky forms part of the "Exceptional" series. With a huge amount of industry experience behind the company, in the form of Will...
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The Exceptional
£82.95
This peated edition of single grain whisky from unknown Highland distillery has been released by R&B Distillers who also own the Tweeddale brand. This uncommon composition of 50% wheat and 50% peated ...
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The Tweeddale
£44.95
Grain of Truth is a single grain whisky from an undisclosed Highland distillery which has used an unusual ratio of 50% wheat and 50% malted barley. It was matured primarily in bourbon barrels and then...
Sherry Finish
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The Tweeddale
£44.95
Whyte & Mackay's new experimental department is releasing both classic and experimental small batch releases. Their first 'Classic' release is the Glaswegian, a 29 year old single grain whisky from a ...
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Whisky Works
£129.95
Join us for a virtual tasting on Wednesday 10th June at 7:30pm featuring three of Scotland's most exciting independent bottlers. Our whisky buyer Arthur will be joined by Gleann Mor, Morrison & Ma...
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Indy Bottlers All Star Virtual Tasting Pack
£35.00
Although rye was used in early whisky production in Scotland, there has been no Scottish rye whisky produced for over 100 years. Arbikie distillery is the first to break this trend by releasing t...
Arbikie
£249.95
Ayrshire
£34.95
R&B distiller's are currently setting up their new distillery on the Isle of Raasay which will be up and running in 2017. In the future they plan to build a grain distillery in the Scottish Borders (w...
Sherry Finish
Borders
£48.95
Not long after the spirit made in the stills at Caledonian distillery was put into the casks for this amazing bottling the distillery was closed. The only pasrt still standing is the old chimney; the ...
Caledonian
£209.95
Cambus was famously used by DCL in the early 1900s to fight the case for grain whisky's legitimacy. This whisky was distilled in 1993; Cambus' final year of production and was bottled from a single sh...
Sherry
A single grain whisky from the closed Cambus distillery, bottled at 25 years old by That Boutique-y Whisky Company in a small batch of only 349 bottles. Cambus has had a long history since opening in ...
Cambus
£69.95
James Eadie have really had an impressive showing when it comes to bottling single malt, and they've nailed it with their first bottling of grain whisky too! This release from Cambus has matured in a ...
Sherry
Since it's closure it has been a pleasure to sample some of the remaining casks produced at the lost Cambus distillery. Berry Brother's and Rudd have used their years of expertise to carefully select ...
The Cambus distillery has now, sadly, been demolished. However there are still casks of this often overlooked single grain whisky gently maturing around the country. Light, fresh and full of depth due...
Cambus
£625.00
The whiskies from Cameronbridge distillery have been reaching a lot more people in the past few years, but we doubt that any of them were distilled back in 1984! A terrific cask strength grain whisky,...
Cameronbridge
£174.95
A stunning grain whisky from Alloa's Carsebridge distillery matured for 46 years in a sherry butt. Despite the long ageing, there is still excellent spirit character along with big dessert and confect...
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Sherry
Carsebridge
£210.00
A fun tasting set with 24 different samples of Scotch Whiskies, the best kind of advent calendar for whisky fans.
Produced in Wm Grant's Ayrshire-based grain distillery, this 1964 vintage whisky has spent 55 years sat in cask #3, before being filled into only 84 bottles. Forming part of their Exceptional Casks se...
A fantastic bottling from the Creative Whisky company. Girvan distillery was built to keep with with William Grant's need for whisky for its blends, but it is a very interesting dram to try on its own...
Sherry
A very powerful whisky, which requires a good splash of water to get the most from. The whisky has been inspired by the 'proving' of a spirit on ships using gunpowder to make sure it was strong enough...
Bourbon
Girvan
£76.95
The oldest core expression from William Grant's massive grain distillery. The 'No.1 Apps' still at the Girvan distillery was built all the way back in 1963 with it's main purpose to make whisky for bl...
Bourbon
Girvan
£114.95
The entry point to the single grain range from William Grant and Sons. It is made on the vacuum grain still pioneered by the remarkable Scottish company that have so often led the way in spirits cultu...
Bourbon
Girvan Patent Still
£46.95
It's amazing to think how far Compass Box have come in such a short time. Royal Mile Whiskies was one of the first retailers to ever stock them, with Hedonism being the first whisky that they ever rel...
Hedonism
£234.95
Compass Box were one of the first companies to really shout about how good grain whisky is. This bottling is a mixture of several Scotch Single Grains, matured in first fill Bourbon Casks. Each batch ...
Bourbon
Hedonism
£67.95
This 1974 vintage single grain from Invergordon was selected and bottled, at 46 years old and cask strength, from a refill barrel that gave up just 136 bottles. Thompson Bros of Dornoch Distillery hav...
Invergordon
£229.95
A single cask Invergordon by the independent bottlers North Star Spirits for their Cask Series 007. Distilled in December 1987 and matured for 31 years, this single grain whisky produced only 190 bot...
Refill Bourbon
Invergordon
£121.95
An unusual single cask of Loch Lomond grain whisky bottled by Murray McDavid. After twenty years in ex-bourbon hogsheads, this single grain whisky was finished for two years in a fresh ex-Armagnac bar...
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A single grain whisky from Loch Lomond distillery which was initially matured in bourbon hogsheads for 18 years and then finished in smaller first-fill ex-Koval bourbon barrels before being bottled by...
Loch Lomond
£62.95
A very unusual and intriguing grain whisky. Michel Couvreur produced some very unusual whiskies over the years, but releasing a four year old grain was certainly ahead of its time. A worthwhile exampl...
MIchel Couvreur
£75.00
A miniature whisky bottled by Murray McDavid. This 28 year old single grain whisky from Edinburgh's North British distillery was matured in ex-bourbon hogshead and then finished in two first fill ex-r...
North British
£14.95
Being based in the bonny city of Edinburgh, we're always delighted to see a bottling of the locally made grain whisky. This 1996 vintage has been matured and bottled by Hunter Laing, who have (of cour...
North British
£78.95
Another terrific release from Copper Monument. This North British grain whisky has been distilled in the heart of Edinburgh. It was matured in a single ex-Bourbon barrel and bottled at a hefty 49.7% A...
Bourbon
This is a blend of different grain whiskies, distilled in July 1982, and bottled in March of 2019. Older Grain Whiskies have a lovely richness, and lots of sweet and spicy notes. North Star have bottl...
Bourbon
Lost it may be, but there are still some amazing casks of whisky being released from the Port Dundas distillery. This 1974 vintage was matured in a sole hogshead for 43 years before being bottled at c...
Due to the closure of the distillery, there will come a day that all the Port Dundas in the world has gone. Luckily, we're not at that stage yet and there are still casks, like this one from Signatory...
Port Dundas
£99.95
A limited edition single grain whisky from the closed distillery in Glasgow. This is the oldest bottling ever in the Diageo Special Releases series, and the buzz about it is considerable, and with onl...
Bourbon
Port Dundas
£775.00
In 1885 Port Dundas was the largest producing distillery in Scotland processing 2.5 million gallons of spirit a year; which makes it comparable to the biggest producing single malt distilleries of tod...
Port Dundas
£175.00

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