Invergordon

Invergordon 43 Years Old 1972 (48.9%, Dornoch Castle, Cask #37, 218 Bottles. 2015)

Whisky Review: Invergordon 43 Years Old 1972 Cask #37

  • Category: Single grain scotch whisky
  • Origin: Invergordon Distillery
  • Bottling: Dornoch Castle
  • ABV: 48.9%
  • Cost: £sold out

Invergordon 1972 43yo Dornoch Castle

What they say

Specially selected by Phil & Simon Thompson of Dornoch Distillery. This is one of only 218 bottles captured at full cask strength from Invergordon Distillery, originally distilled in 1972.

“Every year try and do a small number of bespoke bottles for our humble little whisky bar at Dornoch Castle. This year we have selected a 1972 Invergordon 43 Year old. We have split this cask with our good friends Kimura Ltd in Japan.Invergordon 1972, 43 Years old, 48.9%ABV, Single cask #37, 218 bottles(100 for Dornoch Castle, 118 for Kimura Limited, Japan)

Label by Katie Guthrie.”

What I say

Another old Invergordon single grain/single cask for a brief period there was one of these being released every week it seems!

This particular cask was sourced by Phil and Simon Thompson and bottled under Dornoch Castle label during the building and development of Dornoch Distillery.

Thanks to Jason at Whisky Rover for this wee sampler.

My tasting notes:

  • Appearance: Golden bronze (11/20) quick and rounded medium-sized tears leave fine legs.
  • Nose: Caramel and toffee sauce, vanilla, slightly estery but not so sweet, more savoury in fact, I found Jason’s description of green (unripe) banana perfect here, slightly dusty, flax, linen or almost hessian rope, fruity oranges or chocolate orange and a herbality of chervil, dill and chaomomile
  • Taste: Beeswax and honeycomb, waxy and sweet, some zest from fresh limes and grapefruit, citrus, floral rose, vanilla, white chocolate dipped strawberries, bran flakes or toasted brown bread.
  • Finish: Medium, estery, toffee, lime and vanilla

Overall

A great old grain with a real intensity of flavours and not too sweet, good herbality but also distinct evidence of grain spirit origin still even after all that time in the cask. A great example of why old grains can be as full and wholesome as single malt whisky.

Score 86/100

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