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Overall rating
90.90/100
votes
73
Category
Single Grain
Distillery
Bottler
Mancarella (Ma)
Vintage
1973
Bottled
2018
Stated Age
44 years old
Casktype
Bourbon Barrel
Number of bottles
106
Strength
52.3 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
16 Sep 2018 9:14 pm by Schmausel
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 199,90

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Whisky Reviews for Invergordon 1973 Ma

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

  1. LDB scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    It's grain heaven!

    Nose:
    Coffee beans in brandy, cinnamon stars in rum, sweet and spicy, the alcohol is there.
    In the dark corner of an old mahogany cabinet you can still find allspice, some mint and orange marmalade.

    Taste:
    On a long, intense journey comes once again all the sweetness of the nose in perfect balance, the alcohol content just right. And flowing in the finish is joined by dark, syrupy flower juice with cloves to the fruitiness of ripe muscatel grapes.

    Conclusion:
    Great, there are hugely complex flavors and somehow a hint of best Ben Nevis spicy in the spicy floral notes.

  2. didi1893 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    The taste convinces me the Invergordon as well as in the end, the nose stands for me one step higher. More and more, lately, old Grains inspire me, for me a delicious (and affordable) alternative to old single malts. Tastes great, so today I award well-deserved 91 points!

    23/23/23/22 (91P)
    • Nose
      Strong, slightly cloudy amber rests in the glass. Sweet apple aromas and wonderful sweetness stand out of the glass while the oily drops sticking to the glass wall of my Premium Snifter find their way back into the glass in slow motion. In Rumtopf pickled fruits mix at the beginning with creamy sweetness, dark apples and peaches exude their opulent aroma, creamy caramel and a hint of cinnamon intensify the already sweet and voluminous aromas. A vanilla bean is scratched out and distributes the intense vanilla aroma in the complete nose, rasp of milk chocolate and a touch of fresh mint are added. The hints of mandarin, apricot and peach are dimmed by extremely sweet and spicy cloudy clouds, and vanilla sugar and cinnamon end in creamy caramel.
    • Taste
      Shortly I am distracted by long and impressive "legs" which still stick to the glass wall ;-) Sweet and fruity spread the full variety of flavors on the first sip on the tongue. Caramelized sugar, milk chocolate and sweet fruit flavors stick to the palate, a pinch of cinnamon drips in the mouth, mint releases its fresh bouquet. A touch of roasted aromas and dark apricots mingle with peaches and apples, slowly setting a subtle sharpness on the tongue. A green herbal note flashes briefly before vanilla, cinnamon and chocolate again provide sweet elements. The mouthfeel is slightly grassy at the moment, spicy, fresh and sweet at the same time. A really impressive mouthfeel.
    • Finish
      Tart and spicy wood tones stick to the palate, fresh mint runs through the throat, sweet vanilla and fruit aromas sparkle. The aftermath burns just a true fireworks of aromas, the mouthfeel is tart, sweet, fresh, spicy, warming, subtle spicy at the same time.

  3. DerDennis! scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Very delicious and Christmassy ... Bourbon whiskey. Extremely complex and exciting, lots of potential and room for experimentation with the addition of water, but also very good pure drinkable. He needs a lot of time and hand warmth.

    If you do not like bourbon, you may want to keep your hands off it ...
    • Nose
      92 92
      clear bourbon note, strong vanilla, sweet honey, cinnamon, eucalyptus, dark fruity notes ... rumrosines, bitter orange ... grapefruit, fresh hay, dark chocolate, light solvent notes ... impregnating spray, leather, black pepper, nutmeg
    • Taste
      91 91
      Cool, sweet, slightly spicy, spicy, oily, bitter orange marmalade, tannins, malt, vanilla, harsh forest honey, pepper, dark chocolate and cherries ... Mon cherie, clove, mint tea
    • Finish
      90 90
      medium to long, tart and fruity, pleasantly bitter-sweet Bourbon vanilla

  4. Pollenflug scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      sweet and fresh at first, overripe apples, gentle peach notes, old vanilla pods, unripe cherries, blood oranges, cinnamon, nutmeg, Christmas herbs, spicy, cedar wood
    • Taste
      soft and oily, fruity-sweet and slightly refreshing, then herbaceous-spicy, crème brûlée, white chocolate, light fruits, honey, cinnamon, cedar wood
    • Finish
      Medium to long, sweet and spicy, slightly fruity, peaches, vanilla, chocolate, cedar, gentle bitterness

  5. dRambo scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Reminds proportionally of old cognac, very good rum, something of bourbon but also the old bottle flavor of 70s Malts.
    Especially on the palate, it shows for me what he can - sweet, spicy, fruity, chocolaty without bitterness - almost dessert in the glass
    • Nose
      90 90
      Bitter chocolate rum balls, sweet lilac blossoms, orange blossom, fresh sweet cherries, noticeably vanilla, chocolate biscuits, cucumber water with dill, malt, dusty loft - sawdust, wood dust, black tea, lemon, all in all sweet and tempting
    • Taste
      91 91
      Nut chocolate, nougat, rum balls, mint, pepper, cinnamon, cardamom, aniseed and cloves - Christmas in the glass - deliciously balanced not perfumed, very long chewy, then slightly dry - woody flavors reminiscent of licorice and tropical wood, as well as deposited waxed hardwood - something Leather and furniture polish, wax, herbal tea, something noble floral - like crystalline flowers
    • Finish
      91 91
      Mint and chocolate, slightly resinous wood, fresh mint but also warming - medium to long

  6. waal scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    #feinenotes
    Invergordon, Mancarella, 44yo, 1073/2018, 52.3% VOl., Single Grain, WID: 117891
    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/117891/invergordon-1973-ma

    Aroma / Nose feeling:
    The first nose already shows the strengths of this single grain. Dark forest honey, sweetness and rich vanilla are not stingy with their charms. Already in the smell I can imagine the single grain as very sticky in the taste. Some wood in the background and the somewhat present Grain note underline the basic character. You have to like the slight bite of the grain. The impression is just not as fine as a malt.
    Coconut is very present. Likewise, I recognize a creamy caramel ice cream with chocolate pieces, rum (!) Balls and vanilla pudding. The 44 years did the Grain well. The bitterness is minimal in the nose and yet there are soft, sweet and gentle tones.
    Seasoning is only very discreet to not notice. Most likely, I feel reminded of older, resinous wood in the forest. The sweet notes like sweet popcorn and iced coffee clearly outweigh.
    93/100

    Taste / mouthfeel:
    First sipping - Fruit explosion! I am overwhelmed and can not first assign the impressions. Shortly the single grain reminds me of an Irishman. In any case, the wood is more evident in the taste and the impression is becoming increasingly bitter. Of course, the sweetness is not too short in the taste - on the contrary.
    The other sips present me melon, grapefruit, very lively peach and a little tart pear skin. The 44-year-old Invergordon tingles slightly on the tip of the tongue and stimulates the salivation.
    Also in the taste I clearly recognize coconut, chocolate, vanilla and something that reminds me of old wooden furniture.
    92/100

    Finish / aftertaste / Length:
    I like the departure least, although he does not strike me as negative! He is a bit bitter, but long and yet basically sweet. The keg has contributed a bit of balanced spice here. Slightly dry and with a little peppery nutmeg and light vanilla, the Single Grain bids farewell.
    87/100

    Overall impression / comment:
    I like best (as usual) the excellent, elegant nose, which one can not be averse. That just is not possible. Never ever!
    I strongly recommend adding water, as the single grain has gained a lot for me. It gets a lot more supple, creamier and the bitterness decreases for me. The nose has won as well - it was discreetly fruity.
    I am sure that the Single Grain will give me pleasure for a long time and will reveal something more each time. Nice!

    Points:
    91/100
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      87 87

  7. Kalleholzbein scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  8. domani scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    The alcohol is virtually absent on the palate, in the nose but rather in this form it reminds me a little of brandy or tequila. This is an excellent whiskey no question. The finish could be longer but that does not bother. He scores the most for me on the palate - 20.10.2018
    • Nose
      What a soft nose, buttery rum truffle with chocolate sprinkles, tartufo, here you could enumerate many types of chocolates, candy, nutmeg, liquid caramel, marshmellow, cinnamon bun, vanilla pudding, children's bars, Nappas.
      This creaminess is accompanied by ripe, sweet fruit flavors like apple, apricot, pomegranate, banana
    • Taste
      The creaminess and sweetness are repeated here. The whiskey is buttery and sweet as I said. Caramel, sugar, crème brulée, nougat, pocket coffee, coffee beans, roasted aromas, light ginger sharpness gives way to wide but very fast and make room for sweetened citrus fruits. Even the spiciness is accompanied and supported by a creaminess.
      At the end comes a sweet milk chocolate on the last sip of warm Schoki reminds me of the cup to the end slightly bitter because you have taken something from the dregs.
    • Finish
      medium

  9. hs305 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    [November, 2018] I just had a flabbergasting dram (WB id 117033) that I scored 94 points so every other malt now has the dead seat after that. So I turned to something completely different (remember Monty Python?)...

    ...and despite I am neither a grain nor a bourbon whisk(e)y fan this is a very fine dram. Of course it is (very) different to malt whisky but it is complex, balanced and very tasty - so exactly within my loot schematic. Usually I find young grain whisky simply unimpressive and a kind of one-dimensional / immature but once a good cask passes the 30+years maturation line (with dignity) it often gets interesting. This one is worth a try even for "malt-only-heads"...

    [May, 2019] I re-tasted this dram tonight and fully confirm my review and score. This is one of these old grains that is both interesting to explore and very enjoyable to drink - and you are right, Angus: Some aspects remind of high-ester old rum (that I like too).
    • Nose
      90 90
      The colour is russetmuscat and the nose offers the typical profile of an old grain whisky (that many people associate with bourbon whiskey - but it is rather the American rye whiskey that owns a comparable profile). It is quite complex and nicely balanced on tons of sweet vanilla, toffee and the adorable solvent aromas many old grains offer. I like it a lot, but it truly is "something completely different"...
    • Taste
      89 89
      The taste again is very grainy and very sugary-sweet with some spices and herbs. It is not really layered (a typical deficit of grain whiskies compared to malts) but it is delicious to sip. So do not over-analyse this dram, just enjoy "something completely different"!
    • Finish
      89 89
      The dram arrives warming and coating on the palate with no distracting moments. The finish is long and more spicy (mainly peppers) than the taste. There is a minor drying-astringent feeling from the tannins towards the end but this is very shy given the 44 years in oak. Another fine pick by Dino, for sure...

  10. StyrianSpirit scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Again a very fine Mancarella bottling; for me the best Mancarella-version and of course the best Grain-Whiskey. Overall, a clear 95-point pleasure. It's one of the best spirits I've had in my glass this year.

    With a bit of water, the single grain "destroys" something and becomes a bit fresher and sharper in the nose. On the palate, this "seal" continues, the whiskey is less compact, but remains fruity and spicy. In the finish, the oak is relatively more present. That's a spirit again, and I would keep my hands off the water.
    • Nose
      95 95
      After half an hour in the Premium Snifter, a wonderfully fruity-sweet peach and grape note flows directly into my mouth. This is joined by honey and a very pleasant spicy oak; Bakery flavors and dry soil on a morning forest clearing follow. The 52.3% ensure fine freshness. I like these old-fruity noses very much, the long-matured grain substance seems to fit perfectly well. A 95-point nose for me, without a doubt.
    • Taste
      95 95
      In the mouth comes the Mancarella peach-accented, supplemented with sweet oak chips, grapes and bakery; pleasant forest soil notes with a few bitter herbs. Overall, surprisingly sweet and creamy in mouthfeel, the 52.3% are extremely well integrated and give the 44-year-old single Grain an amazing freshness.
    • Finish
      93 93
      Even in the medium-long to long finish, the fruity creaminess is convincing, although naturally the oak spice becomes stronger with herbs, but without losing the peach sweetness. Very harmonious-balanced also the finish.

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