...that are met, again. Somehow I score all these Invergordon at around 89 points which is very high for a grain whisky (by my standards - I am not a grain head). Invergordon delivered a consistent high quality throughout the seventies, no doubt.
The colour is old gold and the nose offers that typical old grain profile with fruity, vanilla and solvent aromas. Later some honeys, nuts and wooden notes join in to create a fine and complex profile wiithout any off-note or imbalance. This is pretty good, I like it.
The taste is nicely layered on vanilla-wooden flavours first followed by sweet molten sugars and some fruits. Then the spices kick in and later some autumn floral notes. The tannins grow stronger over time but never get unpleasant. These bitter flavours are strenghtened by tobacco and nutty (walnuts, almonds) notes before an interesting salty touch pops up, surprisingly. All is pretty fine and without any flaw, again.
The whisky arrives warming on the palate and nicely coats the whole of the mouth with a creamy impression and some minor bitter-drying moments (tannins, no wonder after 44 years in an oak cask). The finish is long and adds more spices but the bitterness dominates a little too much, now. Water turns the nose more punchy and the taste sweeter, a further reduction releases chalky-mineral aromas in the nose and turns the taste rather bitter again - I like the neat dram best.