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Overall rating
89.56/100
votes
18
Category
Single Grain
Distillery
Bottler
Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)
Bottling serie
Sweet seduction in a car-wash
Vintage
28.05.1984
Bottled
2015
Stated Age
30 years old
Casktype
Refill Hogshead
Casknumber
G7.8
Number of bottles
264
Strength
59.5 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
23 Apr 2015 4:31 pm by RoyC
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 124.94

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18 × member ratings

10 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Girvan 1984 SMWS G7.8

10 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.56 points

  1. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
      Very spirity. Stings my nostrils and almost made my eyes watery. And mind you, this is my 5th dram of the early morning (1-2am, not 7-8am!).
    • Taste
      89 89
      Salty, dry, sweet, and yes, a bit sour. Still very spirity, but with a nice, heavy mouthfeel. A bit of metallic machinery here (have you seen what Girvan distillery looks like?). Very bourbon-y. I do find that some of these Scotch grains, especially at high strength, resemble bourbons, but of course, that is not surprising.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Very, very long. Definitely got that bourbon feel to it, except that this is sweeter. Not complex but it does its thing well. Its high ABV probably gave it an extra 1-2 points overall to be honest.

  2. lincolnimp scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    The nose smells like a really sweet full fat quality 60`s blend.
    There is coconut, nutmeg, milk chocolate, and cream on the nose, really nice.
    Full fat, creamy, and a little spicy on the palate then there is pineapple, and lemon sherbet.
    Finish is reasonable length remaining sweet.

    Almost too sweet, I am no fan of aged grain, most of the time I find it a little boring but this is really good.
    Tried with a little water
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  3. Maurice_casqueteer scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      88 88

  4. Dre73 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  5. Dre73 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Great grain this. Full of smell and taste, strong by the high Abv, but with a delicious sweet taste. Really enjoy this.
    • Nose
      Sweet and fresh, alcohol also prominently present. Fruity, citrus. Learn. Nuts, vanilla. Light glue air in the background. Full smell.
    • Taste
      Warming, sturdy! Full of creamy, sweet. Vanilla, honey.
    • Finish
      Long and sweet. Light pepper. Vanilla, honey, caramel. Some wood influences at the end.

  6. squaadgras scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  7. Defeatless scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Nose: ooooohw dear, this is good! Very nice fruity nose, but also with the leather polish for your sofa of horse seat. There is some wood in here, some vanilla and other bourbon influences. I think the nose is one of very much depth, but also a very good balance between spirit and wood. There is toffee and almonds, but also fruit cake!

    Taste: Sweet, sweet, sweet. Fondant, confectionery, icing sugar. The alcohol can be reduced a bit but it is also very good without. There is also the note which we call umami in here, it's rather clear in this one.

    Body: very creamy and oliy!!

    Finish: Long. Lingering bourbon notes like vanilla and toffee, but also a bit of citrus, maple syrup and nuts.

    Price: well, For this quality I think 125 euro's is a bargain.

    Presentation: Don't know this was a sample, but SMWS is always good

    Comments: Very, very good grain.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  8. St. Pauli scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Just terrific. 
    • Nose
      A very remarkable nose I must say. Old leather, dried fruit (dates, figs), banana, sandal wood, but indeed also some car wax and polish. It's mildly savoury and nutty too. The glue-ish and pine needle character of the spirit goes well with this kind of maturation. 
    • Taste
      Very soft, gentle and oily at the start, giving ample waxy and sweet impressions of orange blossom honey, creamy vanilla/banana milkshake, cinnamon, figs, tea chest and a bit of walnut Towards the finish, the spice (cinnamon, ras el hanout, pepper) gets a larger stake in the play. 
    • Finish
      Long, warming and spicy towards the end, though it doesn't lose it's creamy and waxy side. 

  9. Hvdree scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      92 92

  10. John Barleycorn did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    SMWS Tasting Notes

    Colour: Coppery fox tail

    Flavour: Old & dignified

    The nose reminded some panellists of car-wash day – polished leather and wood, chamois cloths, wax and T-cut – but sweetness rewarded their labours – marmalade on toast, caramel sauce, dark toffee, raisins, Demerara and Danish pastries – fruit salad, peppercorns and pine lent complexity. The neat palate was casked in spicy wood (pepper, chilli, charred oak) – but finely balanced by mysterious sweet seductions – oloroso sherry, dark chocolate, spun sugar and cinder toffee. The reduced nose discovered hoisin duck, teriyaki stir-fry and incense smoke. On the palate, chocolate fudge and tablet countered salted but juicy seared steak – complex and delicious stuff from Ayrshire’s grain distillery.

    Drinking Tip: When you want something different – or a delightful puzzle to fox your friends

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