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This grain Whisky distillery is located on the Clyde, in thecoastal Lowlands.
William Grant & Sons decided to build Girvan Distillery after a dispute with Distillers Company Limited. WGS decided to run a TV ad for Standfast Whisky from Grant's, DCL was against this, so WGS decided to build the Girvan distillery. They did it in just 9 months.
Original Coffey stills were used until 1995. Nowadays Girvan uses 6 column stills for its production. The distillery mainly produces grain Whisky for brands as well as Hendrick's Gin. It was also a site for Ladyburn Whisky at one point.
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Distilling our tale into a couple of minutes isn't easy, but then again we'd like to be different. In 1963, William Grant's great grandson created the most advanced distillery in the world at that time in just nine months. In the spirit of innovation which runs through the distillery to this day, we then perfected the Girvan patent still. A two column distillation system that helps make our Whisky patently different.
Fermented grain liquid, a bit like beer, is fed into the top of the first column. Where it passes through a series of perforated plates. Rising steam heats the liquid, evaporating the alcohol which then flows into the second column. Here it cools on similar perforated plates, and condenses into grain spirit that is around 94% alcohol by volume. The system allows us to vaporize the spirit, capturing every precious drop before it burns. This results and then you make grain spirit that is sweeter, fruitier, and lighter than most malt Whiskies in other grains. The newborn Whisky is then matured in cask carved from American white oak. The veneer in rich wood actually imbues the pure clean spirit of flavours of vanilla, toffee, honey and caramelized fruits.
Ours is a unique story, set in a unique distillery. A tale in which the signs of the still meets the magic of nature, to create a range of single grain Whiskies which are neither malts nor blends. But deliciously different.