...that was perfectly selected by Carsten and the staff at TWA. This is a complex and flawless old style Inchgower with a traditional Highland profile. Very recommended to all that want to explore this old whisky style that will be gone in a few years, due to the whisky boom "designed" production (I guess). I like it very much, just the price is way too high to buy a full bottle of this fine stuff (the bubble inflates and inflates and...).
The colour is pale straw and the nose offers a fine old style Highland profile with lots of waxes and oils beside the fruity and honey aromas. The wood is about perfect - not too dominant but strong enough to provide a firm framework. After some breathing spices and herbal aromas join in creating a delicate and complex nose, but I am afraid it is too shy for many modern drinkers that are used to more bold "designed" drams.
The taste is much more fruity than the nose but still the waxes, oils and spices play a major role. It is layered and greatly chewable without any flaw or off-note. Later some earthy and mineral flavours pop up that open a new dimension in this profile - hey, this dram is fun to explore. Water releases the earthy (forest floor) and mineral notes in the nose too and it adds an interesting aroma that reminds me of the oriental hummus dip. The taste turns more waxy and oily upon reduction and hence gets even more old stylish. I like this dram both neat and somewhat reduced.
The whisky arrives warming and nicely coating on the palate with a very fine mouthfeel, I like that! No distracting bitter or drying moments at all. The finish is of medium length and adds more spicy and some bitter herbal-tea-ish flavours that are a nice counterpoint to the taste. At the end a tasty chocolate note flashes up but it stays not very long, unfortunately.