Inchgower 1990

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Diageo Special Releases 2018
Stated Age
27 years old
Refill American Oak Hogsheads
Number of bottles
55.3 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
Added on
17 Oct 2019 6:33 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 326.53

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81 × member ratings

127 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Inchgower 1990

18 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.28 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    [November, 2019] After three very good editions of the 2019 Diageo Special Releases (Glen Ord, Cragganmore and Lagavulin) I am curious about this one from last year...

    ...and it is like almost all of 2018's special releases very wood-driven. Not my style, to be honest. The profile is clean but rather simple and not very interesting (to my taste buds). I am not willing to pay more than 80 Euro for a whisky of this (drinking) quality (per bottle, of course).

    [April, 2020] I re-tasted this dram tonight and the wood is not that strong as it was with the first tasting. So the more subtle flavours shine through more brightly and I raise my score to 89 points tonight. But I leave the detailed ratings below as they were with the first tasting. By the way, given tonight's taste I am willing to pay 100 Euro for such a bottle - but never ever the 250 bucks they request(ed).
    • Nose
      87 87
      The colour is old gold and the nose offers a modern profile with significant wood impact (like almost all 2018 editions) but this one is not overpowered by the tannins, at least. There are barley sugars, honeys, spices and pine needles beside the wood and after some breathing shy fruits join in. The longer it breathes the more the wood takes over what I (personally) do not like.
    • Taste
      89 89
      The taste is sugary sweet with a lot of spices and again strong wooden notes. Some liquorice impressions and grassy notes join in quickly but overall this taste is not really interesting. It is easy to sip (if you do not think of the outrageous price tag) but hard to remember any specifics after it is gone.
    • Finish
      87 87
      The dram arrives warming and a little hot on the palate with a minor coating effect and a slight metallic touch. The finish is of medium length and turns even more to the wooden side with bitter-drying impressions that grow stronger towards the end. Water releases some more old-style aromas in the nose (waxes, olive oil) but the taste turns less interesting and less tasty - I like the neat dram better.

  2. Northern&Isles scored this whisky 98 points Expert Senior

    So far the oldest original bottling from Diageo.
    This malt ticks the right boxes everywhere.
    Top. Like it a lot.
    Mainly light fruits, a lot of vanilla, toffee, very pleasant and light oak spice, spices and herbs, mint, ginger, a little pepper.
    Full-bodied, slightly roughened, some sea aromas, saltiness, fresh sea breeze, gout.
    Very long finish.
    Clear recommendation, although the drop isn't cheap.

  3. Port Ardbeg scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    A very tasty Inchgower
    • Nose
      Requires plenty of air, then fruit cake, spices, hazelnuts, green apple, peppery, vanilla, green herbs
    • Taste
      sweet and creamy, very spicy, citrus fruits
    • Finish
      Long, endless spice, light peppermint flavors, slightly spicy and salty

  4. Horror_Vacui scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Lime and pepper form the vanguard for a full broadside of sour fruits. Gooseberry, some kiwi, with honey melon and ginger. With some time in the glass comes the smell of freshly sharpened pencil, pastry and black tea. I think of Earl Gray (bergamot), but rosehip is also in the background.
    With a bit of water, the sour notes fade into the background, and he seems a little more maritime - a slight touch of sea air blows around the nose.

    Grandma's apple pie, sprinkled with cinnamon and cream, peaches. The mouthfeel is wonderfully soft, which emphasizes the beautiful sweetness. Blossom honey, in which a vanilla pod was inserted. Over time, it becomes slightly drier and milder in the mouth (peppermint).

    The finish is medium long, and is here much spicier and tart. A touch of salt, some leather. After a few minutes a taste of a strong mocha.

  5. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur


    Nicknamed ‘‘The manzanilla of Speyside’, WF describes Inchgower’s character as: Sherry Fruits Smoky Chocolate Coffee Caramel Dry Raisins Tea Wine Oranges. At £290, this is the most expensive whisky of the night.

    Established in 187’1′, SW ‘the spicy character is driven initially by a hotter-than-usual second water during the quick mashing regime which cuts back any overt nuttiness. Fermentation is short and the steeply angled lyne arms on the stills help to capture weightier elements. An underlying waxiness flashes a signal to another coastal plant, Clynelish‘.

    N: A 27yo Inchgower, what a treat. Initially, we’ve a soft/private nose with a similar spirit-sulphuriness to the [#2] Glenallachie, but with more meaty grapey-fruit = > floral-toffee-sour sweetness and an accompanying light seaside note. With plenty of soft weight behind this one, I find it subtly very powerful yet with a warm alluring calm nature.

    T: That’s Inchgower alright, the profile speaking of huskiness, honey, toffee, tea, saltiness,.. oiliness,… popadoms? The previous Talisker still lingers, but it’s ‘corruption’ on this Inchgower is rather desirable.

    F: Same again, very ‘on-point’ Inchgower – bourbon-cask styley – peppery without being spicy. Add a little water and it’s the perfect oily sailor.

    C: Typical of a well-aged Inchgower that doesn’t rely on sherry casks, though those can be fantastic too and can bring more of a leathery toffee fruity maltiness. An excellent whisky.

  6. tommy12 scored this whisky 70 points Expert Senior

    Color of light white wine.
    Scent: cardboard, sweetness. Taste: moldy (this is very unpleasant for me and leads to devaluation), earthy, cardboard box, long finish (in this case a disadvantage), not again. Although I only have a sample of this bottling available, I can't finish the dram.

  7. Igor_Gudimov scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Aromatic and complex nose, but the taste has a lot of herbal bitterness that continues on the long finish. Not quite my cup of tea
    • Nose
      92 92
      Fragrant flowery honey, natural vanilla and cinnamon, some light herbs, a hint of pineapple on the back.
      With water - more vanilla and fruitiness
    • Taste
      88 88
      Sweet honey, and after that very herbal sweetness with a lot of fresh green fir-tree needles
    • Finish
      86 86
      Long bitter herbal barley sugar, quite spicy

  8. olegborgol scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Sound whisky 22-22-22-22
    • Nose
      Prila grass, spices, wood
    • Taste
      The taste is also sharp with sweet barely tanning sensations
    • Finish
      the finish is good, warming

  9. Kovalyoff scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Blenders Glass.
    Light, pleasant malt with a pungent and spicy aftertaste. Balance 22
    Total 88
    • Nose
      Nose: pleasant summer light nose, vanilla, hay, citrus, spices (white pepper) 22
    • Taste
      Taste: complex, sweet (vanilla, butter cream, pastry) with a transition to herbal bitterness and pepperiness 22
    • Finish
      Finish: long-lasting, pungent (spices) and spicy (herbal bitterness, but light and pleasant) 22

  10. Dhugal MacArdry scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88


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