Single Grain

Grain whisky is distilled in a column still from a variety of cereals like rye, corn or wheat with a touch of malted barley for good measure. It's wood matured and, yes, it's classified as genuine whisky but rarely marketed as most of it gets mixed with single malts to create vast volumes of Blended Scotch Whisky. Today there are seven grain distilleries operating in Scotland. They're large, functional, industrial style buildings with little of the colourful history and romance that attracts throngs of tourists to the charming Single Malt distilleries. Yet taste some of the best Single Grains and we guarantee you'll be more than surprised. Older examples from Cameronbridge, Cambus and Girvan are all worth seeking out.
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Haig Club Single Grain Scotch Whisky (700ml)

Haig Club Single Grain Scotch Whisky (700ml)

$120.00 Bottle
1972 Adelphi Invergordon 43 Year Old Cask Strength Single Grain Scotch Whisky (700ml)
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1972 Adelphi Invergordon 43 Year Old Cask Strength...

$599.00 Bottle
1992 Berry Brothers & Rudd North British 18 Year Old Cask Strength Single Grain Scotch Whisky (700ml)
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1992 Berry Brothers & Rudd North British 18 Ye...

$220.00 Bottle
Cadenheads Individual Cask 19 Year Old Cameronbridge Cask Strength Single Grain Scotch Whisky (700ml)
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Cadenheads Individual Cask 19 Year Old Cameronbrid...

$150.00 Bottle
1997 Signatory Single Grain Collection North British 18 Year Old Single Grain Scotch Whisky (700ml)
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1997 Signatory Single Grain Collection North Briti...

$89.99 Bottle
That Boutique-y Whisky Company Cambus 24 Year Old Batch 2 Cask Strength Single Grain Scotch Whisky (500ml)
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That Boutique-y Whisky Company Cambus 24 Year Old ...

$175.00 Bottle
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Single grain whiskies - more than just a background canvas for blends.

We love a good single grain whisky, but they're an unusual sight even on the shelves of passionate whisky retailers like ourselves. In Scotland the style can be produced from almost any type of grain, with the resulting whisky mostly used to stretch out blends. Not surprisingly, single grains are much maligned by malt snobs. Yet this underdog category is has its place. For whisky nerds or completionists, extra matured bottlings are well worth tasting. 30 or even 50 year old expressions can be surprisingly affordable.

Making Single Grain Whisky.

The creation of single grain whiskies is broadly similar to that of malt whisky, only the raw materials and the equipment are different. The mash from which grain whisky is made uses unmalted cereals - usually wheat or maize, it doesn't matter which, so distilleries can buy at the best price - together with a small amount of 'green' malt (barley which has germinated but not been kilned). Usually about 16% of malt is added: it has to be there to convert the starches in the other cereals into sugar, so it can be turned into alcohol by the yeast. Tall column stills are used in place of copper pot stills, the former resulting in a light, clean and fruity spirit that works as a catalyst when blended, releasing the flavours of the malts.

Buy Single Grain Scotch Whisky Online.

While a wide selection is not readily available, Nicks Wine Merchants endeavour to stock at least a few examples of Single Grain Whisky which you can buy online and have delivered to most of Australia.