This whisky is a mouthful in more ways than one. I’m not sure that it’s the catchiest name for a whisky, but we’ll go with it. The No. 4 Apps is a vacuum distillation still which made its debut in 1992. It allows distillation to occur at lower temperatures, creating a fruitier, cleaner grain spirit. It is then aged in first fill American white oak, as well as ex-American oak casks.
As always, the Girvan whiskies are made under the watchful eye of William Grant & Sons. No. 4 Apps is a Lowland single grain wheat whisky crafted in Ayrshire, Scotland.
The Girvan Patent Still No.4 Apps (84 proof)
Visual: Pale yellow.
Nose: Quite desserty, with cocoa, caramel and vanilla bean. Tropical banana fruit tones come out to play as well, with a spicy high note of white pepper.
Taste: This is like the hot chocolate of whiskies. Cocoa powder, honeyed sugar, vanilla extract and even a hint of peppery spice to top it off.
Finish: Satisfying, light, elegant and with a whiff of freshly cracked black pepper at the tail end.
Overall: Fascinating and eminently mixable, this in many ways reminds me of a vodka, and yet it still retains its Scottish heritage. Nicely done!
GSN Rating: A
For more information go to: The Girvan Patent Still