Last in our Flora and Fauna series was the Inchgower. Our ‘host’ admitted being rather partial to this from past tasting experiences… did it live up to expectations this time?
Inchgower 14 year 43%
- Nose – A wine like quality, musty and mossy, mould and mushrooms, earthy, cork, some vanilla sweetness, nougat, Dasheri mango or cantaloupe, baked goods then shifted into something more oily
- Palate – Pungent, very dry spice, has character and kick, like the way wasabi opens up your taste buds, increasingly pronounced ginger
- Finish – A bit salty, more almonds?
This whisky got off to a curious start… earthy then shifted to fruity, lots of character, but did we like it? Hmm… it certainly is interesting and a bit unusual.
We gave it some time, returning to find it had gone back to the vegetal earthy element and got a bit of ‘smoke’?
With all of these Flora and Fauna whiskies, we were not tempted to add water… this was no exception.
What do the folks at Diageo have to say?
This 14-year-old single malt whisky is a conundrum, in which the aromatics, and even the flavour, change continually. This is a complex and interesting mix with a sweet palate and bitter finish.
- Appearance – Deep amber.
- Body – Medium bodied and mouth filling.
- Nose – Rich and deep and a hint of toffee. After a while offers some short-crust pastry and fruit, like greengage tart or damson pie. Then it settles and becomes lighter and vaguely ‘gun-metal’ – a mix of metal, gun oil and cordite, but all very faint. With water, it freshens up but gives little away. For a time there is an unmistakable scent of horse chestnuts – green and nutty – but after a while, it becomes much sweeter and more floral, like acacia honey.
- Palate – Sweet overall, but also curiously mouth-drying, with some salt and traces of oil.
- Finish – A saccharine-bitter finish that leaves an aftertaste of almonds.
Would we agree? To a certain extent…
Curious how this experience compares with other Inchgower drams? Check out:
- 11 year (July 2007 / Mar 2019) Refill Hogshead 52.5% (North Star 008)
- 13 year 46% (G&MP)
- 13 year (2005/2018) 55.1% (G&MP)
As for what else did we sample in our foray into Diageo’s Flora and Fauna range? Here you go:
- Teaninich 10 year 43%
- Mannochmore 12 year 43%
- Strathmill 12 year 43%
- Linkwood 12 year 43%
- Auchroisk 10 year 43%
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