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1989 North British 25 Year Old Sovereign K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Grain Whisky (750ml)

SKU #1229465

Just outside of Edinburgh sits the North British grain distillery, a facility that uses unmalted grains like corn and wheat and distills them on a column still to produce grain whisky--one of the more misunderstood personalities of the whisky universe. Most of you have had grain whisky before, you've just had it in conjunction with single malt whisky in expressions like Johnnie Walker or Chivas. Grain whisky is what's ultimately combined with single malt whisky to create "blended" whisky (hence the name). What hasn't been clear to most drinkers until rather recently, however, is how wonderful grain whisky can be on its own, especially when aged twenty years or more. This 25 year old North British cask of goodness brings a mouthful of cereal sweetness, rounded fruit flavors, and a biscuity butteriness that pleases the senses in a way that only something that straightforward can do. At 57.5%, there's plenty of heat behind all that dessert-like flavor, allowing you to toss in a few ice cubes without really diluting the flavor whatsoever. If you're new to the grain whisky game, this is a great place to start.

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Price: $79.99
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Staff Image By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/26/2016 | Send Email
North British is the backbone of a few legendary blends, but at 25 years it's gained considerable complexity. The nose is not hyper exotic, instead familiar aromas of sugar candies, white chocolate, canned fruits and cream. The mouth is soft and open with the sugar candies turning to buttery sugar cookies. No heat and no need for water, the medium body reminds and the clean finish has a slight twist of lemon and a long soft finish. Killer price here!

Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/26/2016 | Send Email
Anyone out there enjoying the amazing Nikka Coffey Grain Japanese whisky? Anyone? Consider this North British expression to be a 25 year old version of that. Two and a half times the age, two and a half times the flavor, and two and a half times the concentration of oak, but for less than double the price. That's the power of direct purchasing, folks. Hot whiskies for hot prices.

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Alcohol Content (%): 57.5