Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Grain
Meadowside Blending (MBl)
Bottling serie
The Grainman
Stated Age
45 years old
Bourbon Cask
Number of bottles
49.4 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
02 Feb 2018 5:33 pm by Tauti
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 301.83

37 × in wishlist

95 × member ratings

165 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Invergordon 1972 MBl

18 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.90 points

  1. knopfler99 scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    A top grain with great integrated aromas. Nothing bothers, no exaggerated sweetness, no alcohol. A nice experience, which you can treat yourself more often at this price.
    • Nose
      95 95
      Dates, oranges and apples rise to the nose when you first try. A herbal note is behind it, not quite typical you could also have a cognac or rum in the glass. I like to spend some time with this Invergordon, it's fun. After a while, a trail of coconut appears at the very back.
    • Taste
      95 95
      The first sip spreads very mildly in the mouth, the 45 years have done a truly good work. The apple and date notes from the smell have disappeared and make room for exotic aromas. Passion fruit, pineapple and also the coconut plays with it again. All this is surprisingly pleasant - not too sweet, though exotic. Like a nice sunny day on the sandy beach and then this pleasant refreshment from exotic fruits. Right - just great!
    • Finish
      94 94
      A medium-length finish brings the day to a close in the sunset - the flavors soften slowly and allow a few moments to remain with a view into the distance.

  2. Drk Neknul scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Grain? A 'grain whiskey' for the production of which not only varietal barley malt may be used. By the way, at least one single (Invergordon) Grain from a single barrel. After all! All sorts of grains such as oats, wheat, corn or rye may be used for mashing alongside barley. Malted, as usual in malting, but above all also unmalted. 'Cost optimization' is the maxim for Grain, it serves in the well-known blends of Chivas, Ballantines or others but primarily as a cheap filler to complement the taste-setting Malt components. Perfect is the continuous distillation process in, mostly made of stainless steel, column stills, which are basically uninterrupted and therefore much faster and cheaper (industrially!) Can be produced as traditionally. This process, which was developed as early as 1826, guarantees a very pure distillate with a very high alcohol content, but which is just one-layered and less multi-faceted than traditional malt. With the classic, limited to barley malt, two or three times burning after batches in traditional pot stills, as we know it at Malt, this all has rather limited in common.

    Back to Invergordon. As you know, experimenting is about studying and so I used the minutes that I used for the previous lines to bring the Invergordon a little bit to temperature and let it breathe, as befits a 45 year matured whiskey. Let's see what Donald Hart has filled interesting things for us.

    Eye / nose
    Strong amber, very nice oily, with numerous long spider legs, which are visible on the Glencairn, evenly drip the drops along the inner wall of Glencairn along. I note down fresh, fragrant caramel notes, vanilla pulp, orange juice, honey and freshly sawn wood. Some rum impressions, which are known heavy sweetness and some sharpness. No glue, which is common in younger grains.

    The oily streaks from the rim of the glass are reflected in a fabulous, warm creaminess that is extraordinary even for such a long-matured whiskey. Powerful, with cleanly integrated 49.4% ABV. Very delicious honey sweetness at the tip of the tongue. Powdered sugar, warm butter, dough, canned peaches. In the combination I think of steaming, warm apricot dumplings. Then caramel, orange zest and red apples. The rum from the nose has given way to sweet Rumrosines. Beautiful oak influences, with a barely noticeable, fine bitterness, reminiscent of almonds rather than an excess of unpleasant tannins, despite the decades in the barrel. Good balance of the individual components. Fine drop!

    Finish / Conclusion
    Caramel toffee. Werther's Original? Rather not. White chocolate and warm crème brûlée, again caramel and freshly cooked pear sauce. The aftertaste also knows how to convince. Very nice intense, multi-layered for a grain, just delicious! What's not to like? I have no real criticisms. I have tasted many old grains over the years, few have convinced me more than this delicious Grainman.

    Why are some Grains, which in the first decades of their maturation often seem so interchangeable, with very long storage, usually more than four decades in the wood necessary, so great? Maybe there are other reasons, but at least two are close to me. On the one hand, the more neutral New Make naturally has much less tension than is usually the case with malt. It takes extreme maturity to score points over the barrel flavors. On the other hand, the cheaper grain, which is primarily produced as a cheap filling agent, is usually much less troublesome in barrel management than in the malt. The used (refill) barrels therefore take longer to convey really independent character. If it is true that about 60% of all the flavors of a finished whiskey depend on the barrels and not on the used new make, there might still be potential, you might think. But the bottleneck is usually not the new make, it's just the good barrels that are lacking.

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    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  3. hs305 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    [July, 2018]  Many, many very high scores at 94+ points but also two very low scores by experienced members - so this is a clear case to check this dram by myself.  

    The colour is amber and the texture shows many small tears with rather fast legs (a light oiliness).  The nose is typical grainy with lots of different ripe fruits, sugars, honeys and tons of vanilla with hints of peppers.  Bold and impressive (but you have to like this profile to be impressed) - to me it is somewhat unbalanced with too much vanilla and grainy aromas.  The (grain) whisky arrives light and without any significant mouthfeel on the palate (neither warming nor coating) as could be guessed by the light texture already.  There is an increasing bitter-astringent feeling from heavy tannins (no wonder after 45 years in an oak cask).  The mouthfeel is not to my liking at all (thin and bitter).  The taste is very sugary sweet with again a dominating vanilla flavour beside the fruits, spices and bitter wooden notes.  The vanilla spike indeed reminds me of (bad quality) old rum where they deliberately added a lot of sugars and vanilla flavours to enhance the taste (and to mask the rather young stuff in these rums - you know, in many rum countries you are allowed to state the rum's age at the oldest drop of rum in a batch, even if it is really just one drop only).  Sorry, but this is not balanced according to my taste buds.  The finish is short and predominantly bitter-astringent due to the heavy wood influence (tannins).  Water turns the dram even sweeter and more bitter so I advice not to add any (especially the bitter notes drastically increase).

    I can understand that many members score this high if this is their first very old grain whisky (that provides a completely different profile than malt whiskies - and who can afford a 45-years old malt whisky these days…).  Fortunately, I have tasted many old grains before and hence I score this average best with the nose a little above and mouthfeel/finish below.  If you look out for a truly balanced and excellent old grain go for this one https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/10113/carsebridge-1979-dt - you can find it for very reasonable prices at auctions...
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  4. lincolnimp scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

    I was expecting this to be much better judging by the scores already posted.
    • Nose
      Quite soft and light but in a good way, white fruits, vanilla & honey.

      Notes of buttercream emerge with some coconut
    • Taste
      Very creamy and a very noticeable bitter note at first which is not good.

      The bitter/sour note persists with some cream, wafer,  a little pear and faints hints of fresh pineapple but you can taste the wood in this one.
    • Finish
      Not that long getting slightly sweeter but overall the cardboardy bitter notes persist.

  5. lincolnimp scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

    I detect a lot of bitter and sour notes with this and had quite a bit and it still did not improve.

    On enjoyment I would pay no more than £75 for this, the nose is quite nice but the palate is a let down

    Edit, on reflection maybe even less than £75 but then again it is a massive 45 years old but as is the case here grains suffer just like malts with being in the cask too long and this is an example of that, should have been bottled at least 5 years earlier IMHO.

    This is not worth the money.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      72 72
    • Finish
      75 75

  6. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Delicious grain. Provided you like old grain. Compared to the 1973 Mancarella Invergordon (WID: 117891) dustier, drier and less fruity. Just a little bit more oak.
    I like both. Are similar but somewhat different. I tend to like the Mancarella a little better.
    • Nose
      Dusty wood. Wood sanding dust. Rum balls with grated coconut. Apricots, but not really sweet. Rhubarb cake with custard and meringue. Everything carried by oak notes.
    • Taste
      Molasses. Apricots again. Now sweeter. Amarettini too. The oak now makes it significantly spicier but not uncomfortable. However, it already tingles on the tongue and something starts to flow. I also feel a hint of incense.
    • Finish
      It's getting drier. Apricot shell. Almonds. Tree bark. Cornmeal.

  7. Dris scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  8. IIIZIII scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Lots of caramel on first contact, a little sour wood sap, toasted bread. Stonefruit sweetness and coconut.
    • Taste
      Yes, the taste has that singular, mature grain profile that does not show any overt woody notes to me. Quiet a lot of soft caramel aside from that, it does not particularly complex. Although the coconuts and peaches are really quiet tasty.

  9. checkpointuk scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur


    A full honey pot embedded in rope and hemp! In addition, vanilla, cereals, some fruit gums, caramel, butter and grains of sea salt. Completed with fresh orange extract, mild lemon and hints of leather and candle wax - a harmonious structure of the nose.
    Soft, spicy and harmonious all round here too. Salt, pepper, paprika, Chinese grass, leather, ship rope and generally kept quite mild with creamy cocoa, butter, cereals, nut nougat and a little mocha - great!
    Long - spicy and fantastically dark and creamy. Salty chocolate, mocha, espresso, vanilla and cream. In addition, notes of leather and wood and - simply delicious!
    92 points
    N: 91P / G: 92P / F: 92P

  10. Mapl scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      85 85


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