Garnheath 42yo (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

The history behind the Garnheath distillery is pretty short unfortunately, founded in 1964 and sadly closed and demolished in 1986,  the distillery only produced grain whisky for such a short time, and although the annual capacity was 15,000,000 proof gallons, most would have gone straight into blends.. The fact we have any liquid to taste today is testament to those who had the foresight to purchase some casks and put aside be it for the purposes of blends or single grain ( almost certainly the aforementioned)

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Todays review is an independent bottling from That Boutique-y Whisky Company of a Garnheath 42yo single cask grain whisky.. Most probably from a re-fill bourbon cask and bottled at 44.3% abv and is from only 120 bottles produced in batch 1..

Nose.. This just screams Vanilla, butterscotch and caramel all wrapped up in a soft coat of cinnamon. Gentle hints of marzipan, banana and poached pears smothered in honey,  Ginger infused chocolate mousse and freshly ground coffee beans.

Palate.. Just delightful.. Full of candy shop goodness, vanilla fudge,  wethers original sweets, fruit salad sweets and pear drops.. Gentle spices with a touch of oak coats the mouth and paves the way for soft fruits and citrus.

Finish.. It’s just a candy store !

Thoughts.. From the very second I poured this into the glass I knew the nose was going to be good, the glorious aromas just floated from the glass like an angel rising from the ashes.. The first visit to the glass made me smile, the aromas were glorious, so much sweetness in one glass ( in a very good way) got me worrying that there was no way the palate would live up to expectations! How wrong I was, this just lifted the bar on grain whisky, obviously the wood has given this whisky every last drop of goodness it had left.. If you want to know how good Grain whisky can be then try this !!

It’s damn good…..

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. sorrenkrebs says:

    The lowland distillery was originally built to produce the grain for the fast growing popularity of blends.. I can only assume the owners decided not to continue production in a time when there was a surplus of whisky, I would think the people forecasting future sales might have not got things totally right.. Many iconic distilleries were closed in the early/mid eighties.. Many distilleries were facing financial problems due to downward sales.. Hence closure and demolition..

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  2. ilovewhisky says:

    Great review Sorren. Sounds like a lovely dram.

    Why was the distillery only in production for such a short time?

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