Asta Morris Girvan 13yo 2006/2020
Type: Single Cask grain whisky
Alder: 13 år
Cask: ex-bourbon cask, peated Ardmore cask finish
Aftapper: Asta Morris
Nose: a fairly normal grain whisky so far. Sweet pears and other estery notes, with hints of bubblegum. Big vanilla custard and sweet corn. Something of pine cone smoke and mulched leafs, which blend in nicely without taking the upper hand. Not the most complex nose, but quite attractive with little or no sharp edges.
Mouth: more sweet corn, vanilla and more coconut now. Hints of popcorn and banana sweets. A few spicy notes like pepper and ginger, as well as a heathery note. The peatiness grows stronger towards the end, with some earthy, leafy touches and a light pungency.
Finish: good length, on shortbread, spice and a touch of varnish.
A slightly crazy idea perhaps but bottled at the right time, resulting in a nicely playful Girvan, certainly upgraded by the balanced peaty notes. This would work as a card player’s whisky, especially at less than € 70.