Whisky Review: Invergordon 30 Years Old 1984 Treasurer’s Selection

Category: Single grain scotch whisky

Origin: Invergordon Distillery

Bottling: Robert Graham

ABV: 64.1%

Cost: £135 buy from Robert Graham

Invergordon-30-Year-Old-Robert-Graham

What they say:

Winner of Gold Medal at 2015 Independent Bottlers Challange!

Age – 30 year old
Year – 1984
Cask – no. 13
Limited to 240 bottles
UnChill-Filtered Treasurer Selection

From our single-cask cask-strenth “Treasurer’s Selection” range. Long in the shadow of malt, single grain whisky is now making a name for itself, thanks in no small part to bottlings of this quality.

An eye-watering 64.1%, even at 30 years old, it is distinctly grain on the nose: turpentine, shoe polish, and a touch of wasabi gives way to brown bread and bitter almonds on the tongue, with a silky, blubbery thickness to remind of its considerable strength and age. Dries the mouth to a point, with sugared almonds and spices lingering afterwards. The whole story of whisky, from youthful new-make to the influence of 30 years of oak, can be teased out from this enormous dram.

What I say:

Sampled at Robert Graham Cannongate store during one of our after hours sessions there thanks to Tom & Steve at Robert Graham. This single cask Invergordon single grain whisky has been matured for a full 30 years and is presented at a whopping 64.1% so should be approached with a little caution neat, indeed the spirit burn may easily overpower the senses, however I had the good presence of mind to serially water this until I could get the best from it and it is well worth it.

Appearance:

Gold (8/20) medium tears finer legs

Nose:

Sweet, fusel oil, balsa wood, cigarette smoke, vanilla, toasted coconut, cherry shoe polish

Taste:

Nippy/spirit, icing sugar vanilla, cereal popcorn clean flavours

Finish:

Medium spicy, cherry, caramel

Overall:

Old grain whisky, without any frills but beautiful in its simplicity!

Score: 87/100

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