Great Drams bottles 30-year-old Girvan whisky

Independent bottler Great Drams has released three limited edition Scotch whiskies, including a 30-year-old single grain from Girvan Distillery.

Founded by husband and wife Greg and Kirsty Dillon, Great Drams was launched with the aim of making “great whisky more approachable and available”. The firm has unveiled three new limited edition single cask single malt whiskies as part of its winter 2020 run. All of Great Drams’ releases are non-chill-filtered and bottled without caramel colouring. The first expression is an eight-year-old Knockdhu single cask whisky, which was matured in a first-fill ruby Port barrique. Limited to 183 bottles, the whisky has an ABV of 48.2% and was distilled in April 2012. The expression has notes of berry and dark chocolate along with a “thick, creamy mouthfeel”. It is priced at £65 (US$85) per 500ml bottle. This year’s Christmas release will be a single cask single malt whisky from Highland distillery Blair Athol. The nine-year-old whisky offers “big winter fruit notes, some zesty orange and lime, and subtle, soothing spice and a hint of marzipan notes”, and is said to imitate the flavour of Christmas cake. It is limited to 150 bottles and has been bottled at 46.2% ABV. The whisky is priced at £50 (US$66) per 500ml bottle. Great Drams also unveiled its oldest release to date: a 30-year-old single cask single grain from William Grant & Sons' Lowland distillery Girvan. The whisky was distilled just after Christmas day in 1989 and is limited to 96 bottles. The 54.5% ABV expression is said to offer fruity and buttery notes and a vanilla sweetness on the palate. It is priced at £180 (US$237) per 500ml bottle. The whiskies are available to buy in 200ml or 500ml bottles from the Great Drams website.