Whisky Review: Invergordon 43 Years Old 1972

Category: Single Grain Scotch Whisky

Origin: Invergordon Distillery

Bottler: Whisky Broker; Cask #130000003

ABV: 49.9%

Cost: ~ £80-£90 at auction

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What they say:

An independant bottling of Invergordon Grain Whisky distilled on 13th December 1972 and bottled on 14th December 2015 from a single bourbon barrel #130000003, producing 249 bottles at outturn.

What I say:

As this is our first! Invergordon review (really!? – I feel like I have tried a lot recently) here is a little background to the distillery. Pretty much the only Grain Distillery not in the Lowlands, Invergordon was established just off the Dornoch Firth in 1959 (previously the site was a Naval Base until the Navy decamped in 1956) with both Dalmore and Teaninich as near neighbours. Owned by Whyte and Mackay since 1993, they run Coffey stills and the grain whisky produced is much favoured by blenders.

Colour:

Dark amber gold (9/20), tight/small droplets with fine trails

Nose:

Lemon and lime citrus, old books/library, musty oak wood, cereals, golden syrup, oaty, hints of solvents and book bindings, milk bottle sweeties, vanilla, cream, plastic/biro ink, acetate

Taste:

Slightly thin on the palate (compared to the power of the nose), deep & woody sugars, popcorn, vanilla crème brulee, crème caramel, hints of spirit vapour/fines/feints, spicy cinnamon, pepper dust and brown sugar

Finish:

Medium-long, a little tame but with a drying bite, oak wood, sugars and vanilla

Overall:

Despite its age this was still slightly chemical/solventy in nature and quite vaporous

Score: 79/100

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