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Aerstone Single Malt Whisky From William Grant & Sons

4th October 2018
William Grant & Sons launch Aerstone, a new Single Malt Scotch Whisky brand which aims to simplify the taste messaging in the single malt category.

Aerstone Single Malt Whisky

Aerstone Single Malt Scotch Whisky is a new single malt whisky range from William Grant & Sons which they recently launched with two very different 10 Year Old expressions the ‘Rich and Smoky’ Aerstone Land Cask 10 Year Old and the ‘Smooth and Easy’ Aerstone Sea Cask 10 Year Old.

Although this is a single malt whisky there is not an Aerstone distillery, Aerstone is simply the brand name given to the new single malt range from the folks at William Grant. Even though the name of the distillery the two new whiskies originated from is not disclosed the packaging does give us a big clue, it states that both the new whiskies were matured for 10 years in the intense environment that surrounds their distillery in the Scottish Lowlands. With this knowledge one would have to assume the whisky was distilled and matured at William Grants Ailsa Bay distillery in Girvan on the South Ayrshire coast and as Ailsa Bay went into production back in 2007 the timing for a release of a couple of 10 year old expressions is just right.

This new Aerstone whisky range aims to simplify the taste messaging in the single malt category and help new single malt drinkers navigate the flavours of the category easily through clear taste descriptors on pack. The range has launched with two different styles of whisky under the same brand, allowing consumers to easily understand the spectrum of flavours and demystify the traditional – and often complex – language associated with the category.

Sea Cask, described as ‘Smooth and Easy’ on the pack, is a classic Speyside-style single malt with nutty vanilla notes. This whisky develops its character from the time spent aging in warehouses located close to the sea on the Ayrshire coast, giving the whisky a subtle salty note on the finish.

Land Cask, on the other hand, is described as ‘Rich and Smoky’ and is a peated single malt heroing the use of highland peat in the malting. This whisky’s flavours are developed in warehouses located further inland, allowing the smoky notes to shine through.

Having now tasted both the new whiskies myself I can say I am impressed with what Brian Kinsman, Master Blender and the creative folks at William Grant & Sons has done here, they have clearly produced two very good quality single malts with very different flavour profiles but yet you still know they are related and have the same whisky DNA running through them.

Both have a clear age statement so you know what you are getting for your money and they are now on the shelves of supermarkets such as Tesco priced at £30 which having tasted them is great value in comparison to what else you will find on the shelves at this price also I am sure you are likely to see them on offer as we approach the Christmas holiday season and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend these as a gift for yourself or a whisky loving friend or relative.

No doubt we will see the Aerstone whisky range available in the future from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange, The Whisky Shop and Master of Malt but for now it is only available in Tesco

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