Monday, 22 December 2014

Whisky advent Day 20: The Girvan Patent Still No.4 Apps

Girvan is a Lowland distillery that was set up to provide a supply of grain whisky for blends, but now alongside that release various single grain whiskies.

No.4 Apps is named after the still that it is produced in, it has no age statement, however, due to its colour it appears that it may be quite young, unless the Oak used was virgin with virtually no char.

On the nose this is fairly light in body with confected sweets, pine
apple, pear, some meringue with vanilla and zesty lemon peel with perhaps the lightest tiny touch of Dr.Pepper chucked in there. The nose is really quite light and doesn't have the greatest amount of depth or complexity, but doesn't really have any off notes.

On the palate again this is light, perhaps a little watery without much body or significant mouthfeel however, the spirit isn't harsh as i had expected with it being easily drinkable and "smooth" (at least to my palate) without the addition of any water. There are notes of boiled sweets, very light caramel, some honey and a little spice. There isn't a whole lot going on here honestly no real depth or complexity and not one that I'd buy, but it is easy to drink and is interesting as a first look at single grain whisky if you want to get into that.

The Girvan Patent Still No.4 Apps is available at Master of Malt for perhaps a slightly over-reaching £43.84

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