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Overall rating
77.10/100
votes
12
Whiskybase ID
66784
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
05 years old
Casktype
Bourbon Cask
Strength
63.0 % Vol.
Size
500 ml
Added on
12 Apr 2015 7:59 pm by Cipidos
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 43.00

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Whisky Reviews for San Graal 05-year-old

3 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 77.10 points

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 73 points Connoisseur

    Bénédictine
    The brewery De Graal in Brakel (Belgium) – active since 2002 – is best known for its lovely beers-on-demand. Clubs, companies or restaurants can have their own recipe brewed into their own beer. But brewer Wim Saeyens like to distill as well. That is why you can find a San Graal single malt that matured for 5 years on bourbon casks. Only available at the distillery, though. The whisky is neither colored nor chill filtered.
    The nose is quite piquant and alcoholic, but once you get past that, you’ll notice it is candy-like sweet. Turkish Delight, vanilla, pineapple, banana. Lots of citrus. Reminds me a bit of Bénédictine liqueur. Adding water gives it a metallic edge, as if poured from a can.
    This is scorching hot! It simply burns and is hard to appreciate neat. Just like on the nose, it reminds me of that typical French liqueur, seasoned with ginger and pepper. Oranges galore. Slight bitterness. Water makes it sweeter, but also sharper and not better.
    Medium long finish on more oranges and caramel. Diluted, the finish is very short.
    Not bad, but blind I would not have guessed this is whisky. Around 45 EUR for half a liter is not cheap, but it is cask strength. It does not cope well with water though.

  2. WhiskyNutcase scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Nose: Cask strength alcohol at first. Adding warmth delivers intense ginger with lemon zeste.

    Taste: Heat, followed by vanilla sweetness, going to toffee and butterscotch. Then the oranges hit, going almost to Grand Marnier.Body: Gorgeous old gold leaves fine legs on the glass. Light body due to high alcohol level.

    Finish: Long warm finish, with oranges and caramel fading to a woody nuttiness.

    Price: At € 43,00 (if you buy it at the brewery De Graal), this is a remarkably well priced bottle. Yes, it's only 500 ml, but then it is a cask strength bottling, which tend to be somewhat pricier. Very good price/quality ratio in my book.Presentation: The simple, gin-like bottle is amped up with a beautiful label. The 500 ml bottle comes in a metal tin with the "De Graal" logo stamped into the lid and a repeat of the label on the tin. Comments: San Graal is named after the brewery in Brakel called "De Graal", but of course the name also refers to "Sang Real", or "royal blood" (meaning "the blood of Christ"). This 5-year old Belgian whisky never ceases to amaze me. This dram will heat you up in winter, giving warmth and cosiness. Beautiful whisky! I'm a huge fan.
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  3. WhiskyNutcase scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    A 5-year old Belgian whisky that never ceases to amaze me. This dram will heat you up in winter, giving warmth and cosiness. Beautiful whisky!
    • Nose
      Cask strength alcohol at first. Adding warmth delivers intense ginger with lemon zeste.
    • Taste
      Heat, followed by vanilla sweetness, going to toffee and butterscotch. Then the oranges hit, going almost to Grand Marnier.
    • Finish
      Long warm finish, with oranges and caramel fading to a woody nuttiness.

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