1991 Cambus 21 Year Old K&L Exclusive Signatory Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Grain Whisky 750ml

SKU #1142683

Here we go! After two years of hunting for a replacement to our wildly successful single grain Girvan, we've finally found a cask of grain worthy of our discerning customers. Cambus is among the most difficult-to-find grain distilleries, for a couple of reasons: it's been closed since 1993, and it's rumored to be at the heart of the Johnnie Walker Blue bottlings. No surprise that it's difficult to find--if Diageo is relying on this whisky to produce one of its most sought-after blends, it will certainly be controlling as much stock as possible. Occasionally, small lots slip out of the blender's grasp and into our glass! Here we have a super-high quality grain in all its awkward splendor. This nose is all oak spice and vibrant fresh fruit. Clove, coriander, freshly grated nutmeg, apple skins, under-ripe mango. On the palate, the fruit takes over, plus vanilla cake frosting, and the baking spices remain subdued, with a bit of coconut and some fresh oak notes. A perfect example of why sometimes, we must not blend all of the grain. (David Othenin-Girard, K&L Spirits Buyer)

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By: Steve Greer |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/23/2014  | Send Email
I am surprised this 21-year-old single barrel and single grain whiskey from the defunct Cambus distillery is still in stock. This whiskey is very elegant with layered flavors of vanilla, spices and a savory finish. I have learned that the more bottles of whiskey I have on the bar the longer each one lasts and this is a must have.

By: Jeremy Bohrer |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/6/2013  | Send Email
Single grains aren't found too often which is a shame because they can be very tasty. This one in fact is VERY tasty. Soft and supple from the grain with some enticing floral aromas on the nose. The palate is smooth and easy but definitely doesn't lack complexity. Hints of citrus, baked grains and fruit balance out the finish. Looking for something delicious but not as "in your face" as some single malts can be, then this is your baby.

By: Kyle Kurani |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/4/2013  | Send Email
I love when our inner Whisky geek can come out into the light of day and show off a little bit. This rarely found bottling shows just how good something can be and still not be a household name. This off the beaten path Scotch is so darn good, and will certainly change peoples opinions of how good high quality grain whisky can be. There are so many layers to this dram I don't know where to start, it is supple and soft, baked apple and toffee, a hit of vanilla from the time in barrel, and a light effortless mouth feel all combine to create an extraordinary sip of Scotch!

By: Ryan Woodhouse |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/4/2013  | Send Email
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If you have never (knowingly or otherwise) experimented with Grain whiskey before now, there couldn't be a better time or bottle to start with. The weather is turning more wintry by the day and everyone needs a little something warming to sip on during the colder months. This whiskey has such great texture and softness. Lovely toasted barley notes, some sweetness and caramelization balanced with a good fresh baking spices perfect for the holiday season. This is so likable and drinkable I think it will be widely enjoyed by Scotch and Bourbon drinkers alike. Besides how good it tastes, the chunky Signatory bottle makes it a little more special for a gift also. Classy stuff inside and out.

By: David Driscoll |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/4/2013  | Send Email
We've managed to build a steady following for single GRAIN whisky here at K&L, along with our MALT program. Grain whisky, much like Merlot after Sideways, has always had a negative reputation because it was considered the cheap slop used to cut single malt into blended whisky. Because it's made from unmalted corn, wheat, and barley and distilled on a column still, rather than a pot still, it's much cheaper to make. That doesn't mean it isn't delicious or of high quality, however. This Cambus is so soft and smooth you'll think you're drinking Johnnie Blue. And, in essence, you are. Cambus was the original grain whisky used for the Walker expressions before the distillery was closed in 1993. Caramel, soft toffee, and a supple mouthfeel carry on to the finish. You'll see exactly why we're converting people over to grain whisky with this selection.

By: Jeffrey Jones |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/29/2013  | Send Email
This grain whiskey has a lot to offer. It is round , soft and delicious. Don't be put off by the fact that it is not a single malt made only with barley. The grains in this whiskey provide plenty of complexity and flaovr.

By: Keith Wollenberg |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/16/2013  | Send Email
Intriguing as the nose is on this grain whisky (and it is!), where it really shines is on the palate. Harmonious, round, and just slightly on the softer side, this is a truly delightful tipple. Have a friend who does not like the peaty style malt whiskys? This will convert them to a Scotch lover.
Top Value!

By: Mahon McGrath |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/11/2013  | Send Email
Citrus and orange peel show up prominently in the nose, set against cracker-ish baked grain, and spice that seems to be pulling in a caraway-dill direction. While the palate is more linear than what you'd expect from a malt, the age shows in the intensity of flavor here, and it has plenty of easy-going charm, with more bright fruit, and a gentle dusting of powdery vanilla.

By: Joe Manekin |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/11/2013  | Send Email
Of all the new Signatory casks we recently tasted in the shop, maybe this single grain bottling from Cambus is the most intriguing? It is a singluar expression for whisky geeks, without being too challenging. Like "Dave OG" describes in his notes, I also get the exotic, tropical aromatic nuances in this whisky. It is generous on the palate, without any of the herbal or medicinal notes which single grain whisky occasionally shows. Awesome stuff.

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