The Exceptional Grain

The Exceptional Grain

(0.75l, 43%)


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Two men, three casks, and a thirty-year dream come true.

You have to be a bit cheeky to name your Whisky “The Exceptional.” Not just “Exceptional Whisky” or “Exceptionally Good Whisky”… but “THE Exceptional.” Well spirits industry veteran Don Sutcliffe founded Sutcliffe & Son to fulfill his thirty years of producing his own line of Scotch. He partnered with Willie Phillips — managing director of The Macallan for 23 years — to create The Exceptional brand. Based in America, they use their exceptional connections to acquire exceptional barrels of spirits and finish them in exceptional Sherry casks to make their Exceptional Whiskies. And they all are… exceptional, that is.

The Carsebridge Distillery closed in 1983 and was completely demolished by 1992. How Don and Willie got their hands on a cask of 30-year-old Carsebridge grain Whisky we’ll never know. But they did, and this signature grain spirit forms the flavorful center-point to The Exceptional Grain. Blended with a cask from the North British Distillery, one from Strathclyde, and another one from Loch Lomond, these lovely spirits are married and finished in first-fill Sherry casks without a hint of artificial coloring. Being decidedly “small batch,” there will only be ~1500 bottles of The Exceptional Grain in this latest batch.
  • Category
  • Style
    Blended Grain Scotch Whisky
  • Region
    Scotch Whisky
  • Country
    Scotland
  • Alcohol
    43%
  • Distillery
    Blended
  • Age
    NAS
  • Maturation
    First-fill sherry casks

Flavour Spiral™

About The Flavour Spiral

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vanilla cream
cinnamon
zesty
berries
truffle
rancio
sweet
grain
milk chocolate
What does The Exceptional Grain taste like?

The Flavour Spiral™ shows the most common flavours that you'll taste in The Exceptional Grain and gives you a chance to have a taste of it before actually tasting it.

We invented Flavour Spiral™ here at Flaviar to get all your senses involved in tasting drinks and, frankly, because we think that classic tasting notes are boring.
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Categories of Scotch Whisky: Single malt, Blended malt (formerly called a Vatted malt), blended, single grain and blended grain Scotch.

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Warm amber.

Nose / Aroma / Smell
Berries, cinnamon, and zest.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
Vanilla cream truffles, sweet grain, light rancio, and a hint of barrel char.

Finish
Long and delicate.

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Ratings & Reviews
Raymond
Raymond,
Surprising sweet tip, then BANG! Strong, bold finish. I love the supplied flavor image. It really helped me explain it to my brain! I really likes this one.
 
Derreck
Derreck,
Smooth smell and finish
 
Jesse
Jesse,
Insanely smooth and easy to drink. Still complex and balanced.. but damn that is delicious.
 
Wesley
Wesley,
I found it thin and single dimensional. I thought the finish was short and a little tart. Regrettably I could not detect any of the vanilla prominently featured in the flavor spiral shown here. The flavor spiral included in my sampling was more accurate to what I tasted. It featured beer as the largest flavor. I agree. If you like a rich, thick, sweet whisky this one is not for you.
 
Matt
Matt,
Smooth and complex. Truly exceptional.
 
Antti
Antti,
It is a very good, delicate Blended Grain Scotch Whisky with a long milk chocolate death.
 
Shawna
Shawna,
Strong nose. A little thin on the mouth. Taste is smooth and vanilla-y.
 
Jefferey
Jefferey,
An excellent dram, light on the nose and palate but complex, opens up very well indeed with a drop of water. Very long finish that opens into orange zest and honey
 
Jeffrey
Jeffrey,
Good! Smooth. Could not taste the beer or port. Would buy this one
 
Eleazar
Eleazar,
It has burst of flavor in each sip. A bit intense at first but great drink all the way through!
 
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