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Girvan Cask of Single Grain 1989 (CASK)

No reserve

Auction Closed

October 5, 03:48 PM GMT


14,000 - 22,000 GBP

Lot Details


Girvan Cask of Single Grain 1989

One Cask of Girvan Single Grain Scotch Whisky, filled in 1989. This has matured in a First Fill Ex Bourbon Barrel which has imparted a deep, rich toffee sweetness to the whisky.

Cask Number: 39679

Cask Type: First Fill Ex Bourbon Barrel

Bulk Litres: 133

Litres of Alcohol: 71.5 rla

Strength: 53.7% abv

Estimated Yield: 190 bottles at cask strength

Girvan Grain is a clean yet complex spirit with no hint of oily, feinty or sulphury notes in the new distillate. As a result the cask can focus on adding character and complexity from the naturally present oak lactones, vanillin and toasted wood chemistry over their lengthy maturation in our cool, coastal warehouses.

Tasting Notes

Colour: Rich golden.

Nose: Rich and luxurious on the nose with layers of oaky vanilla, creamy toffee and a soft spice. With a little water, there are subtle citrus and zesty caramelised orange notes.

Taste: Silky smooth with a luxurious mouthfeel and rich vanilla sweetness. Crème Brulee, toffee apple, cinnamon, and hint of stewed fruit. The flavour evolves in the glass giving more depth a rich chocolate orange and baked apple.

The finish is exceptionally long lasting, with a lingering sweetness.

1 cask (nop)


Lying with the donor. In Bond Only.

Offered with 5 years of free warehousing.

Ownership will transfer on 1st January 2024, subject to payment being received in full by The Distillers Charity by that date. Otherwise, ownership will transfer promptly after such payment is received.

No insurance for the spirit or the cask is included in this donation, and will not be provided by William Grant & Sons Commercial Limited.

The buyer must be able to show that they satisfy all relevant HMRC and other UK legislative requirements, including WOWGR approval (or appointment of Duty Representative, or be able to show why such approval is not needed). Ownership of the cask cannot transfer until this legal requirement is satisfied.

The purchaser may bottle the spirit, at their own cost, as "Girvan Single Grain" or "Single Grain Scotch whisky from the Girvan Distillery" subject to final label approval from William Grant & Sons Commercial Limited and with no other references to William Grant & Sons or brands or trademarks owned by William Grant & Sons.

Storage and bottling to be arranged directly with the donor. Sotheby's will provide an introduction between the relevant buyer and donor in order for this to be arranged.

The sale of the Property will be conducted in accordance with Sotheby’s Conditions of Business for Buyers applicable to the sale, which are available on Sotheby’s website, In addition, the sale of cask whisky will be subject to the Terms of Service of the relevant distillery in relation to the storage, bottling and delivery of the whisky to the buyer for which additional fees will apply. The relevant Terms of Service will be available on Sotheby’s website, In the event of any inconsistency between the Terms of Service and Sotheby’s Conditions of Business, the Terms of Service will prevail in relation to the transfer of risk, storage, insurance and release of the purchased lot to the buyer. If the sale of any lot of Property is subject to any further terms, such terms will be published on Sotheby’s website,

By bidding on the Property you accept and agree to be bound by Sotheby’s Conditions of Business for Buyers and, where applicable, the Terms of Service and/or any additional terms that may apply to the sale of a lot. The buyers of the cask whisky agree to provide a signed version of the Terms of Service applicable to the purchased lot immediately after the sale.

The lots of Property in this sale will be offered ‘Without Reserve’ and they will be sold to the highest bidder, regardless of the published pre-sale estimates.

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