||27 Years; Refill American Oak Hogsheads|
||100% Malted Barley|
|Distiller||Inchgower (Buckie, Scotland)|
You don’t see many Inchgowers, as they mainly go towards blends - malt madness indicates that less than 1% of its output goes to single malts, while its main uses are to fill out Johnnie Walker, Bell’s, and White Horse blends. The distillery was built in 1871 to replace the Tochieneal distillery.
Batch: Diageo Special Releases 2018
Bottling Code: N/A
Bottling Date: ~2018
A very nice, lightly herbal and fruity nose. Baked apples, applesauce, and dried thyme. That really comes out, but with some other dried herb notes like savoury. Also straw, almonds, and lots of spice - it’s also really dusty! How often do we see that? A bit of wet cardboard, like many old scotch whiskies.
The palate is rich, spicy, dry, and fruity - yet still very clean with dried herbs and flowers at the core. It’s light, yet rich. Peaches and other stone fruit, too. The finish is light and hot, with a touch of sulphury spice. It’s very unique, and the combination of herbal and dried floral characteristics is fantastic. It grew on me as I went back to it again and again.
Highly Recommended (48% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).
Value: Low, based on $600.