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Overall rating
84.50/100
votes
12
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Hunter Laing (HL)
Bottling serie
Old Malt Cask
Vintage
10.1995
Bottled
09.2017
Stated Age
21 years old
Casktype
Sherry Butt
Casknumber
HL 14253
Number of bottles
708
Strength
50.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
24 Oct 2017 7:21 pm by Candide
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 89.90

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Whisky Reviews for Inchgower 1995 HL

3 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.50 points

  1. peatbogger scored this whisky 82 points Specialist

    Not had much more than one Inchgower before, so I'm a bit excited over this sample from karloff.
    Is it unusual, is it a weirdo? All the more excited.
    Yup, neat it's a weirdo, but it seems to straighten out and become more acceptable with a small dash of water.
    Not my "go to" bottle, but it's challanging, which make it an interesting acquaintance.
    Never before encountered a whisky which changes so much with so little water.
    • Nose
      80 80
      Very vegetal. Quite a mix of vegetal.
      Fresh lawn grass, dry leaves, musky mushroom and pine/spruce branches.
      It's not a particularly inviting nose, but rather unusual, which make it all the more interesting.
      Looking at the tasting note on the label makes me wonder how they managed to find coffee on the nose.
      With just a bit of water it becomes very much more citric.
    • Taste
      82 82
      Arrival is nowhere close to the nose.
      I don't mind, I'm not too fond of the raw herbivore diet.
      Quite oily texture, and mainly spices.
      Then there's something that would have made me wary if it was not whisky. Is it wood extract or maybe linseed oil? Slightly solvent.
      A few drops of water seems to push this into the back and it becomes quite floral.
      Again, not sure how they found raisins and chocolate here.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Neat it is a little bit dry, spicy and lingering on these solvent notes I have not encountered before.
      Not unpleasant, but neither something I would be chasing.
      Water makes it sweeter, more digestable, more "normal" and likeable.

  2. karloff scored this whisky 87 points Specialist

    I would say this is definitely not for a beginner. An experienced palette would appreciate it's strengths and even it's weaknesses.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Grass and leaves, mixed herbs and nuts,
      with just a hint of caramel. This really is a meadow in a glass then you walk into a pine forest.
      Along with the herbs there is spice and orange pith.
    • Taste
      88 88
      There is a lot of spice on first arrival followed by a mixed bag of nuts.
      The spice is actually quite dominant and sort of smothers everything else. After a few drops of water it calms those spices down and lets in some smokey notes and a stronger orange feel. Yeah a few drops of water definitely opens this up and makes it a more pleasant drink.
    • Finish
      87 87
      The finish is medium to long with more of those herbs and spices, a little toffee note and a bit of liquorice on the death.

  3. dramspotter scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Blind Tasting: I previously sampled it at a festival and had a very different experience, so much so I think I was given something other than this Inchgower - but context and company can alter impressions. It is a bit of an unusual bottling from the nose, so don't bother if you like a well-integrated delivery from nose to finish, but if you fancy something a bit quirky it has promise
    • Nose
      window putty, chestnuts, damp leaves
    • Taste
      doesn't taste like it smells; yeast
    • Finish
      medium; a little pepper

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