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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 rye was used in early whisky production in Scotland, there has been no Scottish rye whisky produced for over 100 years.
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Arbikie
£249.95
R&B distiller's are currently setting up their new distillery on the Isle of Raasay which will be up and running in 2017.
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Borders
£48.95
Cambus was famously used by DCL in the early 1900s to fight the case for grain whisky's legitimacy.
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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.
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Cambus
£69.95
An independently bottled release of Cameronbridge, the largest grain distillery in Europe.
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Carsebridge is gone. It was closed in 1983, and many parts of the building have now been knocked to the ground.
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Carsebridge
£499.95
A stunning grain whisky from Alloa's Carsebridge distillery matured for 46 years in a sherry butt.
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Carsebridge
£210.00
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 ...
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Carsebridge
£795.95
Compass Box were one of the first companies to really shout about how good grain whisky is.
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Hedonism
£67.95
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
A single cask Invergordon by the independent bottlers North Star Spirits for their Cask Series 007.
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Invergordon
£121.95
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 ...
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Loch Lomond
£62.95
Loch Lomond holds a very unusual place in the Scotch whisky industry as they produce both single malt and single grain whisky.
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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.
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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.
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North British
£26.95
A single grain whisky from Edinburgh's North British distillery matured for 27 years and bottled from an ex sherry butt by Wemyss Malts.
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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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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.
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Strathcolm
£26.95
Created by Sutcliffe & Son, an American independent bottler, this grain whisky forms part of the "Exceptional" series.
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The Exceptional
£82.95
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.
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The Tweeddale
£44.95
This peated edition of single grain whisky from unknown Highland distillery has been released by R&B Distillers who also own the Tweeddale brand.
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The Tweeddale
£44.95
Whyte & Mackay's new experimental department is releasing both classic and experimental small batch releases.
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Whisky Works
£129.95
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Ayrshire
£34.95
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.
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Caledonian
£209.95
Although now lost to us, there are still casks of Cambus in the hands of independent bottlers like Signatory.
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Since it's closure it has been a pleasure to sample some of the remaining casks produced at the lost Cambus distillery.
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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!
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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.
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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!
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Cameronbridge
£174.95
A very powerful whisky, which requires a good splash of water to get the most from.
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Girvan
£76.95
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 ...
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The oldest core expression from William Grant's massive grain distillery. The 'No.
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Hedonism
£234.95
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.
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MIchel Couvreur
£75.00

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