I think we could be called ‘frequent flyers’ of That Boutique-y Whisky Co’s stand at the London Whisky Show. which meant we made it into being offered a ‘nip’ from Dave’s hip flask… Over the two whisky festivals, he had kept aside some extra special grains from:
- Port Dundas 8 year old
- North British 26 year old
- Invergordon 44 year old
- Cameronbridge 39 year old
We were fortunate to try an Invergordon grain – wow!!! Until this point, I had only tried Invergordon once before – a 28 year from Douglas Laing’s Old Particular series which was a bit of a mixed experience.
However, TBWC did not disappoint!
Invergordon 44 year (Aug 2018) Batch 18 47.6%, 305 bottles RRP £142.95
- Nose – A curiosity box! Toasted coconut, roasted hazelnuts, then cream… reminding one of a frothy milky caramel coffee concoction!
- Palate – Liquid gold! Complex, balanced, the complete package! Again… I was reminded of an indulgently sweet dessert or maybe even a Mars bar!
- Finish – Soft yet firmly remains, long and lasting
We were completely smitten! It was such a beautiful, elegant whisky and such a remarkable to have an opportunity to try a slice of history.
What do the folks over at TBWC have to say?
We love tasty single grain whisky, which is why we were more than happy to bottle even more from the Invergordon Distillery in the Highlands! For a short while, there was a malt whisky distillery in the same complex as Invergordon, but these days Invergordon produces top quality single grain which ages in the cask very well indeed. Invergordon used to be home to some beautiful Coffey stills, so we thought we’d include a technical diagram of a Coffey still on the label of our Invergordon. A very technical, scientific and completely accurate diagram. Sort of. Look, “Coffee” sounds a lot like “Coffey”, ok?
- Nose: At first there’s warming cinnamon, hazelnut and burnt caramel, followed by hints of milky coffee.
- Palate: A thick mouthfeel with nutty praline and wintery spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom.
- Finish: The creamier flavours disappear to reveal a crisp and fresh finish with citrus and peppery flavours lingering.
Would we agree? Definitely!
And with that, our remarkable “select” journey through TBWC offerings at The Whisky Show in London, 2022 was done! With a HUGE thank you to @BoutiqueyDave both for this beauty and also for helping us explore under his guidance:
TBWC European whiskies:
- Denmark’s Fary Lochan 6 year (2022) Batch 1 60.7%
- Finland’s Kyro 4 year Rye (2022) Batch 1 53.1%
- Finland’s Helsinki Distilling 6 year Rye (2022) Batch 2 58.9%
- The Netherland’s Millstone 25 year (2022) Batch 5 46.5%
- Germany’s Elsburn 7 year (2022) Batch 3, 48.7%
- France’s Armorik 8 year (2022) Batch 3, 59.5%
TBWC Scottish drams, including two beautiful blends:
- Speyside #3 (Glenrothes) 6 year (2022) Batch 2, 49.3%
- Cutler & Stubbs 42 year Blend Batch 1, 44.1%
- St. Thomas 32 year Blend Batch 1, 40.1%
And even tried Christian Drouin’s 21 year Calvados!
Which meant we managed to work our way through 10 of the 21 bottles on offering (plus this bonus!), skipping those I had tried the previous weekend in Paris… wow!!!
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