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
    United Kingdom
  • Alcohol
    43%
  • Distillery
  • Age
    NAS
  • Maturation
    First-fill sherry casks

Flavor Spiral™

About The Flavor Spiral

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

The Flavor Spiral™ shows the most common flavors 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 Flavor 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
Johan
Johan,
Very soft and subtle. Strong vanilla but spicy enough to not be bland. Very pleasantly surprised.
 
Chris
Chris,
Jumps out on first sip but mellows after. Strong vanilla with mild orange peel. A touch of water made it softer with more chocolate.
 
Joseph
Joseph,
Not bad. Slight after taste
 
Bill
Bill,
Very sharp first sip. More vanilla appeared after that. Added a splash of water and it softened with bright vanilla and warm round tones.
 
Rory
Rory,
The first sip was harsh... nearly vodka-like. A small splash of filtered, room temperature did a world of good. The difference was astounding as this scotch transformed into a warm, inviting drink. Lots of orange and chocolate and a very pleasant vanilla finish. I'd gladly have another dram. I rarely, if ever, drink my scotch anything but neat. This may challenge me to revisit some old favorites to see what a splash will do for them.
Rory
Rory,
*filtered, room temperature water
Scott
Scott,
great
 
Frederick
Frederick,
I love this whiskey, beautiful vanilla, smooth taste.
 
David
David,
Nice and light. Smooth taste with vanilla finish.
 
Mark
Mark,
Good. Bright. Lemon zest
 
Nicholas
Nicholas,
Yes
 
Danek
Danek,
Smooth
 
Michelle
Michelle,
Beautiful. Subtle. Smooth
 
Craig
Craig,
Very smooth with great flavor.
 
Benjamin
Benjamin,
A very interesting scotch, light and sweet, but more like a bourbon than a Speyside. Nose - honey, vanilla and caramel, with some musty notes that are typical in scotch. Taste - light sweet honey, some dark fruit and a bit of orange zest. Finish - silky and sweet, fades fairly quickly.
 
Jason
Jason,
Seriously the best Whisky.
 
Mark
Mark,
Hints of vanilla and port, chocolate, nutty finish
 
Lori
Lori,
Smooth. Easy to drink. Nice chocolate note after a few seconds.
 
Richard
Richard,
Good middle choice between the Malt and the Blend, could definitely pick up the vanilla
 
Dan
Dan,
Very nice.
 
Rich
Rich,
I am a complete nube at this, referring to flavor spiral, I can pick out the vanilla, get the nutty, don’t understand the beer part. Smoother finish as I went through the tasting.
 
Nakeva
Nakeva,
Well done on blending sweet and grain. Couldn't decide what I was tasting but the after flow was nice.
 
Richard
Richard,
Smooth, buttery, sweet, delicious, in-offensive. Flavor wheel says, beer, I guess I can see that, I definitely get vanilla, and can see where milk and chocolate come from. Has orange and apple notes as well. A great dram, I would buy a bottle for the home bar for sure.
 
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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