Sherry Cask Finish (186 btl.)
Fruity start on the nose with green apple and some grapefruit. Then there are sherry aromas, notes of cider and toffee, followed by some herbs, such as fennel and eucalyptus, with oak and a hint of menthol in the background.
Sweet and creamy on the palate with vanilla, caramel and lots of fruit aromas, such as apples, oranges and grapefruit. Pleasantly warming, despite the high alcohol content, with some white pepper, oak spice and a touch of menthol.
The finish is long lasting, creamy sweet with vanilla and sticky fruit jam. It then becomes slightly drier with oak spice, tobacco leaves and a subtle herbal note.
After the addition of a few drops, the fruitiness fades into the background and salty aromas with a light maritime touch appear. Overall, it is fresher, with sweet vanilla cream. On the palate it remains sweet, creamy and sticky fruity with caramel, vanilla and apples. The finish remains long and creamy with subtle dry oak spice and fresh herbs.
For me this is an exciting, multi-layered dram that is not dominated by the sherry cask at all. There is a lot of space left for the distillery character. The salty and slightly maritime notes, which are usually attributed to an Inchgower, are covered by the wonderful fruitiness and vanilla/toffee sweetness, but shine through after adding some water. A well matured Inchgower. I am not surprised at all that the only 186 bottles were sold out very quickly.
I thank whic (Whiskycircle) for the complimentary sample and the image!