Invergordon 24yo, 1996-2020, Private Cellars Collection
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Bottling: The Whisky Cellar
Cask type: American Oak ex-Bourbon Barrel (#18278, 188 btl.)
Nose: The nose is wonderfully intense with sweet vanilla, honey, cereals and cookies. This is accompanied by buttercream, notes of coconut and a hint of pineapple fruit. In the background, oak spice and ginger remain discreetly present. Rather complex and delicate.
Palate: Wow - an unexpectedly powerful entry on the palate with spicy and at the same time strongly warming notes of ginger and black pepper. The whole is underlined by a creamy sweetness with vanilla and butter cookies. As soon as the warmth fades, coconut notes emerge accompanied by honey and creamy milk chocolate.
Finish: The finish shows a medium length with creamy notes of apricot and tropical fruit jam, accompanied by a slightly warming oak note and a touch of coconut.
With water: After adding a few drops of water, the aroma on the nose is even more intoxicating with tropical fruits - pineapple and coconut. It is accompanied by vanilla, oak spice and some cedar wood. Sweet and creamy on the palate with a clearly tamed spiciness and warmth. Vanilla, coconut, buttercream and sweet milk chocolate with some tropical fruit. The finish is still of medium length, yet sweet and creamy, with fruit jam, coconut and a little more dry oak.
Comments: Oh yes, this is another example of how wonderfully sweet, creamy, complex and beguilingly well-matured single grain whisky can be. After 24 long years of maturation in an ex-Bourbon barrel, this Invergordon combines an intense sweetness and tropical fruit aromas in a beautiful balance with spicy oak notes. Surprisingly intense on the palate, so you are welcome to experiment with water. As a result, this Grain Whisky does not lose any of its brilliance. Well done!
I thank The Whisky Cellar for the complimentary sample and the photograph!
Invergordon 22yo, 1997-2020, The Easter Edition, Old Particular
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Bottling: Douglas Laing
Cask type: Refill Barrel (155 btl.)
Colour: Pale gold.
Nose: Instant sweetness on the nose with vanilla sauce, toffee, butterscotch and brown sugar. Delightful notes of sponge cake, cereal biscuits and fruity nuances of mirabelle and apricot, with a hint of oak spice in the background.
Palate: Deliciously sweet on the palate with vanilla pudding, toffee, butterscotch, caramel and sweet cereal notes. Pleasantly warming with a little alcoholic spiciness, followed by ginger and some oak spice. Milk chocolate with a tendency to slightly dry cocoa towards the finish.
Finish: The finish is relatively short, warming and creamy sweet with vanilla, caramel, some oak wood and a slightly bitter espresso note.
With water: After adding a few drops of water, this single grain becomes more lively on the nose with a little less sweetness but more cocoa notes. Tingly on the tongue with oak spice, milk chocolate and cocoa. The sweet notes are somewhat pushed into the background. The finish is short to medium length, creamy with notes of coffee and espresso.
Comments: This is an excellent single grain whisky for the sweet tooth. Lots of vanilla, toffee, caramel and fine fruit notes, accompanied by milk chocolate and subtle oak spice on the palate, leading to a short finish, typical for grain whisky. A dignified Easter Edition that goes perfectly with the Easter chocolate bunny.
I thank Douglas Laing for the complimentary sample and the photograph!
Invergordon 50yo, 1966-2016, XOP - Xtra Old Particular
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Bottling: Douglas Laing
Cask type: Refill Hogshead (DL #11182, 261 btl.)
Nose: The nose starts off with vanilla, caramel and dark fruits, mainly plums. Delicate notes of baked apples arrive, mixed with cinnamon spice and orange oil. Oak and some earthy flavours in the back.
Palate: A sweet start on the palate with orange and caramel, accompanied by an intense spiciness of black pepper, oak, cloves and cinnamon. Once the spiciness fades, notes of dark berries and acacia honey linger towards the finish.
Finish: The finish shows medium length with sweet vanilla, dry oak, cloves and a hint of earthy flavours on the tail.
With water: Fresher on the nose after adding a few drops of water. There's more vanilla coming through, mixed with dark berries, plums and subtle oak. The bold spiciness is significantly tamed while notes or oranges, caramel and oak dominate. Less sweet. The finish is medium long and slightly warming with a lovely spicy mix of oak, cloves, cinnamon and acacia honey.
Comments: This single grain whisky has been matured in an oak cask for an impressive period of half a century! The final result is an enticing oldie, well matured with a lovely balance of oaky spiciness and bourbon derived flavours. Rich, fruity, spicy, and an excellent mouthfeel. A cracking example of a mature grain!
I thank Douglas Laing for the sample and the photograph!
Invergordon 27yo, 1988-2015, The Nose Art, Whisky-Doris
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Cask type: Bourbon Hogshead (#8096, 141 btl.)
Colour: Pale gold.
Nose: The nose starts off with loads of vanilla - custard and ice cream, complemented by lingering coconut and white chocolate. A touch of citrus emerges with a whiff of oak and gentle spice behind. Rather complex and very delicate.
Palate: Very smooth at the beginning with lots of lingering vanilla and a slight citric note. This is followed by a significant amount of oak, subtle cinnamon and German Lebkuchen spice. Very warm indeed with delicate roasted nuts, dark honey and prickling oak towards the finish. Pleasant and vibrant.
Finish: Long and deliciously sweet with vanilla and some dark fruit, maybe plum. Gets a bit dry on the tail with oak, ginger spice, and black pepper. Vibrant and mouth-coating.
With water: The delicate vanilla flavour significantly decreases on the nose with a slightly bitter touch of citrus and oak spice coming through. Water tames the warm spiciness on the tongue bringing a creamy sweetness of delicate vanilla and coconut with winterly spice to the fore. The finish is medium long and warm with prickling oak and a warm touch of pepper on the tongue.
Comments: An appetising single grain whisky, with good length and complexity. Well matured and well selected. The delicate vanilla note on the nose does pleasantly echo on the palate, with a good balance of oak and spice. A savoury experience, especially when giving the grain whisky some time to develop its full aroma. Well done!
I thank Whisky-Doris (Versandhandel Doris Debbeler) for sample and photograph!