The Exceptional Grain
  • Category Scotch
  • Country Scotland
  • Distillery The Blended Whisky Company
  • Age NAS
  • Style Blended Grain Scotch Whisky
  • Maturation First-fill sherry casks
  • Alcohol 43%
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.
  • vanilla cream
  • cinnamon
  • zesty
  • berries
  • rancio
  • truffle
  • sweet
  • grain
  • milk chocolate

The Exceptional

Grain (0.75l, 43%)
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Character Goatson
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 Scotch
  • Country Scotland
  • Distillery The Blended Whisky Company
  • Age NAS
  • Style Blended Grain Scotch Whisky
  • Maturation First-fill sherry casks
  • Alcohol 43%
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.
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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  • vanilla cream
  • cinnamon
  • zesty
  • berries
  • rancio
  • truffle
  • sweet
  • grain
  • milk chocolate
Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
Categories of Scotch Whisky: Single malt, Blended malt (formerly called Vatted malt), blended, single grain and blended grain Scotch.
Whisky or Whiskey? The spelling differs geographically. In Scotland, Japan, and some other parts of the world, distilleries usually spell it Whisky; in Ireland and the USA, they spell it Whiskey.
Scotland is home to more than 20 million casks of maturing Whisky. That’s four for every person living there. Nuts!
Single Malt Scotch Whisky is made in Scotland using a pot still distillation process at a single distillery, with malted barley as the only grain ingredient. It must be matured in oak casks in Scotland for at least three years (most Single Malts are matured longer, though).
Beer and malt Whisky seem to have quite a bit in common. Both drinks begin with malted barley, which deliver the enzymes and sugars needed for fermentation when steeped in hot water. The two go their separate ways at the wash stage, where they're fermented or aged to become the adult beverages you know and love.
Scotch Whisky is seldom aged in new barrels. Bourbon and Tennessee Whiskey casks are usually used for maturation. In addition to that, Whisky is often matured or finished in various wine casks such as Sherry or Port.
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Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
Categories of Scotch Whisky: Single malt, Blended malt (formerly called Vatted malt), blended, single grain and blended grain Scotch.
Whisky or Whiskey? The spelling differs geographically. In Scotland, Japan, and some other parts of the world, distilleries usually spell it Whisky; in Ireland and the USA, they spell it Whiskey.
Scotland is home to more than 20 million casks of maturing Whisky. That’s four for every person living there. Nuts!
Single Malt Scotch Whisky is made in Scotland using a pot still distillation process at a single distillery, with malted barley as the only grain ingredient. It must be matured in oak casks in Scotland for at least three years (most Single Malts are matured longer, though).
Beer and malt Whisky seem to have quite a bit in common. Both drinks begin with malted barley, which deliver the enzymes and sugars needed for fermentation when steeped in hot water. The two go their separate ways at the wash stage, where they're fermented or aged to become the adult beverages you know and love.
Scotch Whisky is seldom aged in new barrels. Bourbon and Tennessee Whiskey casks are usually used for maturation. In addition to that, Whisky is often matured or finished in various wine casks such as Sherry or Port.
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