By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/20/2016 | Send Email
As long as Scotland is willing to sell us 40+ year old grain whiskies for the price of 20 year old single malts, I'm going to keep buying those casks. Grain whisky is one of the most misunderstood categories in the industry and it's exactly that lack of understanding that keeps costs low. Just like Nikka's Coffey Grain or the new Haig Club from David Beckham, grain whisky is distilled like Bourbon on a column still from unmalted barley, wheat, corn, or rye, to a more neutral character before being aged in oak like single malt. It's what's eventually blended with single malt to create "blended whisky" (the blend being two different types of whisky) like Johnnie Walker. While we're used to seeing single malt as its own commodity, we rarely see grain whisky make a solo performance. When you taste this Carsebridge, however, you're going to be wondering why not? It's rich, decadent, and utterly satisfying. It's also more than forty years old, at full proof, and satisfying in a way that few 20 year old whiskies can ever be. I think you'll be pretty happy no matter what kind of whisky you like, ultimately!