This one was on the table at a recent meetup of our whisky Club, Malt Mongers Israel, which was centred around Scottish grain whiskies. Invergordon is probably one of the most commonly found grain whiskies which can be found bottled as such and can really yield quite impressive results with good ageing. This one was an exclusive bottling for Wijnhandel van Zuylen, a well renowned Dutch spirits retailer by Whiskybroker.
Aged 43 years. 52.2%ABV. No colourant added, non-chill filtered and bottled at cask strength from a single cask.
Nose: Super glue. Tamari. Slight not of Tabasco. Honey. Woodspice. Wet oak chips. Caramel. Brown sugar.
Palate: Rummy molasses. Very woody vanilla. bitter wood tannins. Cacao. Caramel.
Finish: Medium-Long. Bitter wood. Cinnamon. Nutmeg. Vanilla pods. Brown sugar.
Would I buy this: No
Would I order this in a bar: Yes
Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes
These super aged grain whiskies don’t always live up to the hype made about their age, but this one was pleasant enough. It was a little unique and had some notes to it which reminded me of a good, light rum which was pleasantly unusual.