Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Douglas Laing (DL)
Bottling serie
Old Particular
Stated Age
22 years old
Sherry Butt
DL 11920
Number of bottles
51.5 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
Germany Exclusive
Added on
15 Oct 2018 1:04 pm by art-bett
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 299.90

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269 × member ratings

463 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Inchgower 1996 DL

56 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.13 points

  1. Pollenflug scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Absolute purchase obligation in the price segment.
    • Nose
      dark forest honey, dried orange peel, black cherries, plum jam, a lot of dark chocolate, baking cocoa, Christmas spices (cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg), gingerbread, spicy oak, burnt bread crust
    • Taste
      Full-bodied and strong, dried fruits, dark forest honey, sweet pipe tobacco, crème brûlée, again lots of chocolate and Christmas spices, with a few drops of water much sweeter and a little more fruity, slightly nutty
    • Finish
      long, spicy and warm, heavy sherry, again lots of chocolate and Christmas spices, pipe tobacco, pickled raisins, a hint of strong malt beer, burned bread crust and oak, slightly drier, without bitterness

  2. EinSpatzUnterVielen scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Super delicious, no sulfur, no bitter, no trace of alcohol; especially many warming spices and cocoa, also blackcurrant
    • Nose
      dark forest honey, liquid dark chocolate, gingerbread, freshly baked, dates, raisins, cinnamon, walnuts, a little laurel

      with some fresh fruit, with lots of blackcurrant, orange, ginger, then raspberries, currant leaves, nice wood, still a lot of honey
    • Taste
      warm-spicy, creamy; thick dark cocoa, walnut, thyme, gingerbread, more and more cocoa, dark bread crust without bitter, dates, much darker spicy honey, cardamom, black currant, plum, orange
    • Finish
      a lot of cocoa and gingerbread spices, the impression of baking cocoa sticks forever in the mouth, to the blackcurrant and cooling mint ...

  3. dRambo scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    beautifully matured malt - sherry balance fits, neither too red nor too bitter, also the power is perfect for me - without water. He is rather spicy - without getting woody - than overly fruity - I think he does not meet the taste of any Sherryfan - rather the more experienced sherry friend the simple red fruit cocktails long ago boring and likes Malts with corners and character.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Begins mealy dusty - takes time in the glass to unfold.

      Tree of life hedge, juniper, walnut shells, oiled tropical wood, laurel, cinnamon, allspice, very dark chocolate, baking cocoa, dried black Johnannis berries, sour red grapes, sweet orange - candied orange peel, dried dates, again clearly fermented tobacco leaves, very clear leather belt with leather care product - keeps pretty much the balance with the fruit notes - always harsh influences whether the resinous ethereal hedges, grape seeds / nut shells or tobacco - sometimes sweet, sometimes sour - the fruit notes always have a harsh counterpart in the nose - a lot of movement, dynamics, depth - but even corners and edges - then he has also round moments where some vanilla rises and the fruit may be quite in the foreground
    • Taste
      89 89
      spicy, dry wood notes flood the palate, tartly full-bodied with a predominantly sweet antipodes with a slightly sour undertone, clear mint and ginger - warming and cooling, light berries, plum note, orange, chocolate - nut flour, some gingerbread spice
    • Finish
      89 89
      rather sweet in the finish, the wood effect will round off the chocolate bittertöne - a delicate wax film keeps a ginger / pepper sharpness (no alcoholic burning)
      runs smoothly, a little over medium

  4. didi1893 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Complex and complex. This spicy sherry bottling is characterized by dark fruit and wood aromas and is due to its spicy and "idiosyncratic" aroma composition not necessarily comparable to other "sherry bombs". The musty and musty base note in the nose and in the taste is fascinating and gives this filling in combination with spices and herbs a special character. Somehow different, but saulecker!

    23/23/23/22 (91P)
    • Nose
      Strong and creamy amber shines slightly turbid from the Premium Snifter, while immediately discreet musty and musty sherry flavors noticeable. Dark fruit flavors such as dried orange slices, old raisins and dried PX berries end in creamy milk chocolate and sweet honey. Caramelized sugar and dusty cinnamon sticks stick black currant and dried peach, a touch of leather and sweet tobacco leaves give the fruity and sweet nose a wonderfully tart and spicy touch. Christmas spices and gingerbread are perfect for the cold season and the dark fruit flavors. Blackberries and black sour cherries complement each other beautifully with plums and dates, the flavors change every second. In the background is still the initially perceived musty and slightly musty note which gives this Inchgower additionally a special character.
    • Taste
      Musty and musty, the first greetings sip flows over the tongue, immediately followed by dark fruit flavors and spicy wood tones. An intense spicy note is above all, thyme, meadow herbs and Christmas spices are distributed throughout the mouth and dress it with chubby warmth. Chocolate, oranges, cherries and raisins are supported by sweet honey and fresh mint. Also in the taste I take a minimum sulfur note in the form of muff and moder was. Anyone who knows me knows that I am "allergic" to sulfur, but at the moment I do not find these flavors disturbing but rather enriching. Old mint refreshes the palate, creamy walnuts float on the tongue, spicy and decayed wood elements rest on the palate. With a cozy warmth and tart basic aromas, the taste fades away and blurs with the finish.
    • Finish
      Long stick warming and spicy aromas on the palate. Tart, slightly dry wood tones dissolve, dark oranges and cherries end in dates and raisins. Sweet chocolate and liquid forest honey mingle, the refreshing mint note still sticks to the palate. Hazelnuts and minimal leather aromas leave spicy sweetness and creamy caramel after fading away. Here and there a hint of smoke and roasted aromas flare up, in the end I do not take any musty and musty elements any more.

  5. MrMarmelade scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    Definitely NO SULPHUR in this one!

  6. WhiskySpring did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Really fantastic stuff. I was incredibly surprised, also because Inchgower first came to my attention with the latest special releases.

    Short comparison - also priced. The special release stayed on the shelf, here I accessed.

    Clear purchase recommendation - awesome!

  7. hs305 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    [November, 2018] Just a quick review from a sample...

    ...at the first sniff I catch some sulphurous aromas (fireworks) but this vanishes quickly and a bold modern sherry profile develops that is fine but to be honest: I had better ones before... During the mouthfeel and on the palate the sulphur is back (you know, this scurfy-astringent coating that I do not like at all). No, this dram is not extremely sulphurous but it is significant, definitely and everyone who is sensitive to the smell of hell should rather shy away from this bottling... All others, enjoy!
    • Nose
      87 87
      Right after serving the sulphur is strong but this vanishes quickly after some breathing.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Rich sherry with all the flavours you wish but with an annoying significant sulphurous touch (gunpowder, spent matches) too. This is way too strong to be enjoyable (for my taste buds) but whoever is not sensitive might like this, probably...
    • Finish
      82 82
      Nice bold sherry flavours again but the sulphur grows stronger towards the end. No, I am not a hell boy!

  8. StyrianSpirit scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    This whisky actually has everything the sherry friend likes without sulfur allergy: intense sherry flavors, oak, plum, cinnamon and match sulfur. Fassstark, matured for 22 years, reasonably priced. And sold out again; no wonder.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Ok, sherry barrel, oak, juicy apricot. Some plum roaster. From the background come, next to the oak, a few matchheads. The cask strength announces itself with a typical Mentholhauch. And again plum roaster, now with some cinnamon. Fine-spicy, sherry-stressed.
    • Taste
      92 92
      In the mouth, the malt comes pleasant sherrytief and Zwetschkenroesterbetont, followed by the oak and the burned matches. Also on the palate, the 51.5% are beautifully integrated, the whole results in a fine-oily mouthfeel.
    • Finish
      91 91
      In the medium-long to long finish, the malt remains faithful to its sherry-accented line of oak and light sulfur spice. To the plum roaster with cinnamon comes a few earthy notes.

  9. Flou scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    In the nose I have a mixture of the sweetness of spicy forest honey, dark fruits from the sherry barrel with dried plums, raisins, dates but also a hint of lime peel. Unlike most old Glendronach single casks, for example, this fruitiness is not that heavy and dominant. Rather, it is the honey that plays the main role for me, along with an increasing spiciness with pepper, nutmeg and some gingerbread spice and cinnamon. Dark nut chocolate with whole hazelnuts provides the tart aromas. The whole thing is accompanied by a little earthy and leathery notes, which are wonderfully integrated into the variety of flavors. Complex, harmonious, multi-layered ... I think the whisky on the nose is excellent. The alcohol is noticeable but does not sting or burn.

    In the mouth, the whisky shows the strength of the 51.5% alcohol content, but is still very good to drink pure. The honey sweetness spreads immediately in the mouth and the spices become much more dominant than in the nose. The pepper combines with coffee notes and bitter notes of pure cocoa powder, the tannins from the oak barrel have an astringent effect, but everything in a very pleasant setting. A little ginger is added. The dark red fruits are noticeable but rather complementary and not dominant. The flavored hazelnuts tend to become walnuts drizzled with spicy honey. And that is what makes this whisky ... the different flavors result in such a complex unity that every sherry barrel lover should like. But you shouldn't expect a sherry bomb where the boiled fruits dominate. But you shouldn't be afraid of the harsher notes.

    In the finish there is an interplay of honey sweetness, some fruitiness, pepper, light leather notes, coffee and a subtle earthiness in the mouth. I have associations of dark chocolate with a cherry filling and chewed walnuts. I find the finish very pleasant and would describe it as medium.

    Well ... what can I say? The whisky is a board! Great class and a shame for me that I only had a sample of it. I would definitely buy this whisky. However, I would say that this whisky is more for "advanced" people who can handle the complexity and the tannins well. Someone who has only been drinking whisky for 3 months could be a little overwhelmed here.

    From me there are good 90/100 points with a tendency to 91 points and so the whisky is high up in the first division for me. Great whisky, compliments!
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  10. malt_fan_06 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Keeps what the color promises: pure sherry in all facets from a completely clean barrel without any junk marks.
    As described here several times while more on the (spicy) chocolaty side. Ground and balanced.
    Very tasty, good PLV, for me, however, should also be a little more fruit and volume there.


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