The folks over at Diageo share that Inchgower was:
Moved and renamed, rescued and preserved, Inchgower became more than just a distillery for its founders and his loyal workers. It was an idea – a reaction to increasing land prices, and a commitment to Single Malt Scotch Whisky – and one of the only distilleries to inspire a poem.
As usual, we sampled blind then revealed the whisky…
Inchgower 13 year 46% (Gordon & MacPhail)
- Nose – Think canvas and paint, smoky perfume, chemistry lab, Parle biscuit, plastic
- Palate – Soft and smooth, light spice, mellow, very nice, very likable with a good heart, sweet spices, something challenging to define but quite lovely
- Finish – Short finish but engaging
- Water – Not needed
What a treat! It was unfamiliar yet friendly. One of those whiskies that has enough going on to be interesting yet still be quite amiable.
And the reveal? A whisky none of us had sampled before and, no surprise, another excellent offering from Gordon & MacPhail. Matured in sherry hogshead, the bottle notes share describe it as:
The whisky has delicate Sherry influence with fresh pineapple and peach aromas. The palate is mouth warming with ripe banana and orange flavours. The finish is creamy with a milk chocolate edge.
For our host, it was unchartered territory to reverse the standard adage of lower strength to higher strength whisky… or begin with a whisky with lower peat levels then build up.
His logic was that he anticipated the Inchgower to be quite unique and wanted to leave the best for last. This was definitely a case of having the showstopper at the end!
So what was our conclusion by the end of the evening?
- #1 most interesting
- #3 most drinkable
- #2 left behind
What were the whiskies we sampled in our ‘Unchartered Territory‘ evening?
- Island – Talisker 57′ North NAS 57%
- Islay – Laphroaig PX Cask NAS 48%
- Speyside – Inchgower 13 year 46% (G&MP)
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