Let me be honest with you, I haven’t actually tried an Inchgower before today. Many thanks go to the “Highlander” who gave me a sample of this beautiful whisky and in doing so introduced me to this Speyside distillery. (Since I’ve only got a sample, there’s no bottle photo of this one. Sorry.) I can’t say whether it’s this particular bottling or Inchgowers are generally this good, but boy, what have I missed thus far?! This tasting note is for the Inchgower 1980 bottled by Signatory Vintage in 2007 as part of their cask strength collection.
Colour: Old oak (Really, what a deep, beautiful colour this is! Thick liquid legs running down the glass, great expectations.)
Nose: Rich aromas, old sherry with raisins and walnuts. Hints of orange peel. Very pleasant, no burning alcohol but not boring either.
Taste: Thick, salivating mouthfeel. You get what you expected after the sherried nose, but the Inchgower 1980 is even more intensive on the palate. Deep sherry dominates the taste with lots of sweet dried fruits. Earthy walnuts and a wonderful barrel influence give it depth. Not complex, but extremely well-balanced with the alcohol and, well, just damn yummy!
Finish: Long and sweet with raisins and oak.
Comments: If you don’t get the fuzz about sherried whiskies but you’re still open to the idea of being won over by the sherry fanatics, give this whisky a try. It is a perfect example of a typical sherry whisky, well-made without unwanted complexity that distracts from its deep, rich taste. Highly recommended!
Rating: I rated this whisky 92 out of 100.
(Nose 23, Taste 24, Finish 22, Balance 23)
Special whiskies call for special music, which in this case has been Neil Young with Promise of the Real, performing a great version of Cortez The Killer in 2016: