Invergordon, Mancarella, 44yo, 1073/2018, 52.3% VOl., Single Grain, WID: 117891
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.
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.
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.
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!