Origin: Highlands (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing barrel: Ex-Sherry oloroso butt
Added coloring: No
Average price: € 110,00
Official website: dramfool.com/
One of the youngest grain distilleries in Scotland, Invergordon was founded in 1960 with the intention of producing single grain on a massive scale, and rapid expansion of the plant meant that in less than twenty years it had four distillation columns.
After a number of changes of ownership, the distillery was taken over by Whyte & MacKay in 1993, who use the distillate for their blends.
Located near Dalmore, Invergordon doesn’t produce its own bottlings but there are several made by independents, including Dramfool.
Limited edition of 472 bottles from single cask ex-Sherry, cask strength and natural, with remarkable ageing, available directly from the producer’s website.
Garnet in the glass.
Plums and white grapes rise to the nose, supported by a caramel and sugar paste base with hints of anise and solvent. Unripe persimmons, figs and wood cleansing product. The aromas sway between sweet pastry and bitter notes, in a continuous disorientation of the senses that defies expectations. Amusing.
A decisive peppery note welcomes the palate, teasing ripe fruit (plums, figs, blackberries) and sweet tones of caramel, chocolate, liquorice and brown sugar. Cinnamon and nutmeg creep in among the flavours, along with the roughness of leather and a caress of wood. Hints of anise and rhubarb. More sweet than on the nose, kept firmly on a leash by the less compliant notes.
The finish is quite long and spicy with red fruits, caramel, wood and leather.
A rich, lively whisky, the combination of grain and Sherry works with the two souls seeming to clash but instead finding a substantial balance like two leading characters in a Hollywood film.
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