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Staff Pick

The Cally 40yr Single Grain Scotch - 1974

Item # 39305 750mL
$1499.96/ Single Bottle
$8999.76/ Case of 6
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ABV
53.30%
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Tasting Notes

This ghosted distillery once once Scotland's largest and most revered with the small Coffey still making the whisky at the time in the second half of the 19th Century dubbed, "The greatest still in Scotland," by James Grant himself. The now demolished site in Edinburgh also two pot stills, employed in the production of the most coveted wheat based grain whisky made by any distiller of the time. However, single grain bottlings have been next to non-existent making this 1974 vintage release from the original distiller's stocks exceptionally rare and especially considering the fact that the distillery sadly no longer exists, each drop lost to the angels and bottled, poured and sold means a little less of the precious Cally left in the world. We've dubbed this as the best American whisky you'll ever try. Half in jest of course but being 100% wheat grain based, the whisky's profile leans American in style with a core that is dominated by grain and oak flavors. A big difference being that no American whiskey would ever last 40 years in barrel based on the way they are traditionally aged. In the Cally's case, after 40 years in cask this whisky is still very much alive with a vibrancy, complexity and elegance you don't come across often. Notes include honey coated graham crackers, candied lemon peels, a whiff of fresh dill, milk chocolate, wood shop, allspice, smoked black tea, butter rich flaky pastries and treacle. This is the oldest Caledonian ever released from the original stocks.


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Staff Pick Notes

Wow! I was lucky enough to taste this and its by far the best Wheated Bourbon I have ever tasted..wait...er. So, I am being told this not American whiskey but rather something called Single Grain Scotch. I'll be right back, I gotta read up on this. So I see now there are at least 4 category of Scotch: Single Malt, Blended Malt, Blended Scotch and Single Grain. While the scotch that people talk about these days are either the Single Malt or the Blended, Single Grain is a rare and beautiful thing, 40 years all the more so. Here the single grain is wheat so while this has some of the notes of American whiskey the barrel and the spirit meld together for something altogether different, amazing and worth every penny.

- JGM

Astor's Glossary of Terms

Scotch

As a synonym for Scottish, some people object to the term “Scotch” – but as far as their whisky goes, the Scottish people are required by law to classify the spirit as “Scotch whisky.”

Scotland

History:
Distillation was brought to Scotland from Ireland by missionary monks in the 6th century. In 1644, the first taxes were imposed on Scottish distillers by England, with the result that most of the nation’s whisky was soon distilled illicitly. With the Parliament’s passing of the “Excise Act” in 1824, licensing fees for distilleries were much cheaper. Distilleries started to take out...

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