...that is a blend of Invergordon and North British grain whiskies - but the North British has almost nothing to say (as usual). The Invergordon takes it all and this is fine with me - but to be honest: I like the greater complexity and depth of the 40+years matured Invergordon of the seventies better (anyone out there who does not?). Nonetheless a delicate and quaffable old grain, for sure.
The colour is deep gold and the nose offers the typical old Invergordon profile of solvent aromas (a trademark of old grain whiskies), home-grown fruits, honeys and spices (tons of vanilla). All nicely balanced and quite complex, but I do not find anything that I can associate with a North British (is there any such thing at all?). Not too bad, but I liked the seventies Invergordon profile a little better.
The taste is sweeter than the nose mainly on barley sugars, toffee and some over-ripe fruits with bitter-spicy wooden notes. It is very interesting to explore (especially to all that never tried an old grain whisky before) but again the seventies Invergordon are much more complex (age matters)...
The dram arrives rather unimpressive on the palate (neither warming nor coating) with no distracting feeling either. The finish is of medium length and adds some waxy-bitter flavours that get drying-astringent towards the end. Water releases these waxy-herbal aromas in the nose as well and it turns the taste smoother, hence more quaffable. I like this dram best when reduced to about 46% abv.