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
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Character Dogson
Single malt stands for around 10% of the Scotch market. This is a malt containing only one grain, legally required to be barley in Scotland, and made at a single distillery.

A blended Scotch is a combination of different malts from different distilleries. It is typically made from grain Whisky but does include malt Whisky to give it a more complex body.
Can Scotch go bad? Technically, an unopened bottle of Scotch can last forever. Air is the only true evil to Whisky; once the liquid is oxidized it is no longer immortal. After opening, as long as you store your Whisky in a cool, dry place, it will last another 5 years.
Blended Whiskies are the result of years of craftsmanship and dedication. A master blender does not simply wake up one day with a profound ability to create a cohesive and enjoyable liquid. From nosing the liquid to working out quantities of each different grain and malt to go into the blend, a master blender can take years, if not decades, to train.
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.
First-class Whiskies are taxed not only by the state but also by the angels. This refers to the 4% of Whisky that evaporates from the barrels every year, a phenomenon known as the angel’s share.
90% of all Scotch Whiskies sold are Blends.
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Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
Single malt stands for around 10% of the Scotch market. This is a malt containing only one grain, legally required to be barley in Scotland, and made at a single distillery.

A blended Scotch is a combination of different malts from different distilleries. It is typically made from grain Whisky but does include malt Whisky to give it a more complex body.
Can Scotch go bad? Technically, an unopened bottle of Scotch can last forever. Air is the only true evil to Whisky; once the liquid is oxidized it is no longer immortal. After opening, as long as you store your Whisky in a cool, dry place, it will last another 5 years.
Blended Whiskies are the result of years of craftsmanship and dedication. A master blender does not simply wake up one day with a profound ability to create a cohesive and enjoyable liquid. From nosing the liquid to working out quantities of each different grain and malt to go into the blend, a master blender can take years, if not decades, to train.
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.
First-class Whiskies are taxed not only by the state but also by the angels. This refers to the 4% of Whisky that evaporates from the barrels every year, a phenomenon known as the angel’s share.
90% of all Scotch Whiskies sold are Blends.
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