Dram Review: The Grove Single Grain Single Malt Cask 3

[50.0%・NAS・Bottled Circa 2014-2017・ Official Bottling・Single Cask Release of 86 Bottles]

Nose:

Heavy on the butyric acid to begin, teriyaki beef jerky, prawn broth, paw paw, green papaya salad.  Incredibly though, beneath the elaborated display of distillery identity, it’s still quite new make-y with a soured barley note.

Palate & Finish:

Green and spicy, very young and full of new make characters, sour plums with more cream powder and butyric acid, the Bourbon for cask only imparted minimal influence.

A swift gingery finish with some crushed pills bitterness.

Thoughts:

For years, friends have spoke of “the Grove Experience” and indeed this is spectacular, from the nose to the palate and finish, it’s even visually stimulating as the dram turns cloudy after being poured into the glass.

To call it the Loch Dhu of the South doesn’t quite do it justice, this may give the Whisky Castle Glenallachie a run of its money..

-Nicholas