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Overall rating
87.20/100
votes
48
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
Small Batch
Vintage
2009
Bottled
10.2018
Stated Age
09 years old
Casktype
Sherry Hogshead
Number of bottles
582
Strength
56.5 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
19 Oct 2018 2:31 pm by Tauti
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Average value

€ 61.77

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Whisky Reviews for Inchgower 2009 CA

14 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.20 points

  1. KayMeertens scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
      Caramel, candied cherry, orange and fried banana.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Caramel, cherry, mocha, orange, spices and pastry.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Caramel, cherry, cocoa and orange.

  2. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A nice typical herbal/spiced orientated Inchgower. I like that style quite a lot. It can handle a decent amount of water.
    • Nose
      Inchgower is often on the herbal/spicy side, this is no exception. Without water it’s rather closed. Needs more then a few drops to open up. Dried herbs, a wee salty and Antique wooden furtiture at first. When adding water still mild spices. Orange peel shows up as well as a nice sweet layer of grenadine syrup/lemonade. There is also a very delicate dry freshness joining the nose which I would say reminds me of oregano.
    • Taste
      Without water it feels quite stiff and led by alcohol. It improves a lot with water (quite a lot). It gets more sophisticated, balanced and outspoken. Mild peppermix and raspberry. I like it!
    • Finish
      Rather short without adding water. With water it gets to medium length. Soft and silky. Mild spices, a trace of cherries and again that grenadine syrup/lemonade at the very end.

  3. RichardMayston scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Tamworth had been such a beautiful girl. Slaughtered, salted, and hung air dried in the backyard olive tree for the last 8 months, she was now presented in wafer thin slices, nestled on a bed of the plumpest moist sultanas. A haphazard stack of buttered digestive biscuits to one side. A nasal delight snuffled greedily for the first half an hour as the afternoon sun gently warmed the plate.

    Some fruits were brought out to balance the palate: stewed apple and pear, lightly dusted with cinnamon. Home-made Damson Plum Jam to grace the biscuits. Accompanied by a small intense shot glass of cold pressed sun ripened blackcurrants, reduced almost to the point of syrup.

    My hearts desires satiated beyond my wildest expectations, I sat back and cleansed my palate with a light peppermint and green tea, before greedily repeating the gastronomic delight in delirious cycles until the plate lay barren.

    That one so young could attain such beauty. Can it ever be repeated I ask myself, whilst looking forward to next years pig.

    Inchgower, Cadenhead, 56.5%. One ex-bourbon hogshead for 6yrs finished with 3ys ex-sherry, the other hogshead 8yrs in ex-bourbon followed by 1yr in ex-sherry, coming together for a marriage made in heaven at 9yo. Neither the bourbon or the sherry dominating, a perfect balance with many layered strata. The colour alone indicates some quality casks along the line. I’m not normally one for finishes, but this has made me swallow my pride and given me an itch for the Inchgower.

    And so economical, a shining example of Independent mastery over pedestrian Official offerings. Magnificent, thanks Cadenhead.

    Many thanks to John Sherlock of Regional Wines not only for bringing it to my attention, but also for being being such an exemplar of flights of fancy. Sláinte.

    #singlemalt #scotch #cadenhead #inchgower #emotivemalts

  4. Issie did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Strawberries, blackberries, honey, menthol, orange, some earth, cinnamon, nutmeg, minimal sulfur
    • Taste
      Honey, cereals, strawberries, currants, lime, grapefruit, some earth, some green plants, pepper

  5. Erik1908 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Cadenhead bottlings are normally at their best above let's say 15 years. Bottled at lower age, they are normally only fairly good; not excellent. This Inchgower is an exception; at least for me.
    Normally during summer I prefer whisky on bourbon casks, but this is a good alternative for this time's a year.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Very, very nice. The sherry is well integrated. Not dominant at all. Smells at least for me older then 12 years.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Again, the sherry is not dominant. Slight taste of pepper; somewhat spicy. Fruits allover the place.
    • Finish
      85 85
      The finish is the weakest part. When adding water it goes from short to medium long. Pepper and spices remain till the very end.

  6. Rien scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  7. Rien scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  8. Jackson05 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Inchgower 9 year 56.5%

    N: Raisin and nuts, cinnamon, nutmeg, plum, dry and hot, cocoa.

    P: Cinnamon hearts, hot, orange chocolate

    F: Cinnamon hearts, nutty, dry, orange zest, milk chocolate.

    Notes: Much better with water, it gets creamier, softer and more accessible. It’s a decent malt, not overly memorable for me though.

  9. dramspotter scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Blind tasting. A competent bottling and not as bitter and woody as I have read. Those notes are there but there is a lovely gentleness to the whole package that makes it an easier drinker than you might expect.
    • Nose
      sherry (obviously), a bit of shoe polish. Suggestive the abv is quite high; gentle, low spice
    • Taste
      dry, bitter, dark chocolate but soft feel
    • Finish
      medium; woodiness indeed

  10. dandan798 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Unlike anything I have ever tried. The cocoa flavour and taste is intense!
    • Nose
      87 87
      malt, barley sugar, earthy, moss, yeast, sweet, grapes, sherry, cocoa
    • Taste
      89 89
      sour, citrus, cocoa, spice, pepper, cinnamon, sweet, grapes, lemon, chocolate
    • Finish
      87 87
      sweet, sherry, cocoa, chocolate, vanilla, citrus, oak, nutmeg, sour

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