After the Girvan 8 year and Strathclyde 25 year, the last of our Single Grain Trio was from Invergordon from the Highland region – at the ripe age of 28 years.
Invergordon 28 year (Aug 1987/Nov 2015) DL 11004 56.5% Douglas Laing’s Old Particular, 490 bottles
And what did we find?
- Nose – Muted varnish, honey vanilla, more wood with a sharp element too, lemon, herbs, quite musty, one even described it as a ‘dirty dish rag’
- Palate – Burnt toast like marmite, very salty, like sea water, some cinnamon and spice
- Finish – Dry roasted spicy salty peanuts, very dry
- Water – Brought out even more spice with a hint of liquorice
On 1st sip one remarked “makes an impact”… that sharp element on the nose came through as a bit harsh on the palate initially. It was exceptionally dry and it was certainly the saltiest finish I’ve ever come across. One even said “It’s like gargling salt water.”
Was it our style of whisky? No. Was it worth trying? Absolutely.
Here is what the folks over at Douglas Laing have to say:
- Nose: Opens with a spiced toffee character, with polished oak and a sweet home baked quality
- Palate: Mouth coating and sweetly spiced, with caramel butter cream and a treacle character
- Finish: A spicy, sweet and pleasantly long finish, showing late oak
For another perspective, here is what the chaps at Master of Malt have to say:
- Nose: Cinnamon and rich toffees, vanilla, resin and oak.
- Palate: Soft fudge, dates, brioche, molasses and a hint of pot pourri.
- Finish: Spicy oak.
- Overall: A rich and dignified single cask grain.
What else did we sample in our Single Grain Trio with Indian Whiskies Duo evening?
- Girvan 8 years (2006/2014) Cask 532398 46% (Berrys’)
- Strathclyde 25 year (1990/2016) DL11335 51.5% (Douglas Laing’s Old Particular)
- Sula’s Eclipse Blended Whisky 42.8%
- Rampur 43% – Courtesy of a member from another club
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