Inchgower 1990

Overall rating
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
Added on
17 Oct 2019 6:33 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 320.66

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Whisky Reviews for Inchgower 1990

10 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.19 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. 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

  3. 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.

  4. Georges scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
      Fresh, tropical fruits (pineapple, mango), pine needles, spicy (ginger, pepper), honey, tea
    • Taste
      91 91
      Sweet, oily, creamy, fruity (apples, pears, oranges, grapes), nutty (cashews, walnuts, almonds), salty, citrus, mint
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long, oily, nutty, marzipan, oranges, spicy (ginger, pepper, salty)

  5. ARDBERG scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    spice, spice and spice (=wood), two yellow plums behind an alcoholic vail. Malty sweetness and something autumn leafy and floral.
    More pleasant on the palate, rather smooth, quite malty sweet (like drinking out of the underback) with a pleasing floral note that lingers in the finish.

    Nice but not more - overpriced? Yes!

    2cl sample
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  6. detachedblue scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Very decent and fruity, just lack of a little surprise.
    • Nose
      Grapes, bready, a lot of sweet malts, floral, roasted barley
    • Taste
      A lot of peaches! Fresh and sweet fruits, mints, some bitter woods, mouthfeel is very rich
    • Finish
      Medium, sweet malt and mints

  7. SilvanoS scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    A pretty unique and interesting malt that clearly stands out from the mainstream. What fascinated me most is the strong saltiness, here he does not really remember a good manzanilla.
    • Nose
      First bright fruits (compote), flower meadow and honey, Kammillenblüten and vanilla. Then something phenomenal comes through too. Except for the vanilla touch it looks like a Highland Malt.
    • Taste
      Comes oily and spicy on the tongue, also what acidic comes through. Shuttling between fruitiness and acidity, sometimes gets really salty.
    • Finish
      The finish is long to medium. All flavors are repeated. The salt is again and also the slight sour note.

  8. markjedi1 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Struck Match

    Inchgower is something of an unknown, a workhorse for Diageo’s blends. You will not come across it as a single malt very often. It even makes its debut in this year’s Special Releases and what an entrance: matured for 27 years on refill American hogsheads.

    Very full nose of ripe fruit of both the white and yellow variety (quite a bit of stone fruit) with a green edge. A hint of struck match, Earl Grey tea, almonds, pears, walnuts and jute sacks. Mustard seeds? This is very aromatic and inviting and an absolute pleasure to nose.

    The arrival is creamy and surprisingly sweet. Apple sauce, orange marmalade, mint… and something bitter that reminds me of grapefruit or a grape pith. Quite quickly, this Inchgower turns somewhat dry on the palate, but it keeps entertaining.

    The finish is both very long and very spicy. Think ginger, liquorice and red pepper.

    Impressive, but so is the price: around 330 EUR.

  9. checkpointuk scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    straw yellow
    Peppery-hot lime is in front, but also dull, slightly sour fruit flavors of avocado, leather, vanilla and honeydew melon. Undercurrent smoky aromas of wet coal and ash. For this softened newspaper, soft green herbs and accompanied with a continuous peppery spiciness.
    Complex, spicy and balanced. Dull and tart with fresh fruits and herbs that are slightly acidic underlaid. Actually rather unusual, but great! Wet coal, avocado, vanilla, mint, sorrel, slightly bitter lettuce leaves with salty dressing and well integrated wood - very nice!
    Long spicy spicy and salty cool! With soft fruit, some leather and fresh peppermint, as well as golden honeycombs. Underground dull, green and sour fresh. Towards the end it gets a little drier and ends with a "cold coffee note".
    91 points
    N: 90P / G: 92P / F: 91P

  10. Kalleholzbein scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85


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