I’d been looking forward to trying this sample for a while. Last year I managed to try the Inchgower that was released as part of Diageo’s uber-premium Manager’s Choice. It was a lovely 15 Year Old matured in a sherry butt and it was delightful. This gave me great hope when I spotted this bottling on the Master of Malt website; the 70cl was out of stock but it was available as part of their Drinks by the Dram range.
The actual whisky was distilled in 1974 and bottled at a cask strength of 53.4%. The pour was golden in colour and I allowed the nose to develop in the glass. What a smell; lots of vanilla and marshmallows for me – the smell of an old fashioned sweet shop. It was very creamy before strawberries and toffee started to come through. An incredibly well balanced whisky that I would have been happy to sniff all night long. It’s a great thing when the taste of the whisky backs up the nose and I was first hit by the oakiness and vanilla that came through. It developed on the palate into a rich toffee drink with a surprising about of pepper coming through. While the nose had been all about the sweets, the taste was definitely more late night and one for the adults in the room. The whisky carried on into a slightly dry but incredibly long finish with the initial creaminess coming right back at the death. Lovely.
Overall this Inchgower is a cracking whisky. It’s very moreish and I was sorry to see my sample disappear. Full size bottles have long sold out, however you can still snap up a 3cl from Master of Malt here for not much more than £5.