Invergordon 1972 Ma

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Grain
Mancarella (Ma)
Bottling serie
Single Grain Scotch Whisky
Stated Age
46 years old
49.2 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
28 Jan 2020 10:07 pm by Schmausel
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 246.75

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39 × member ratings

51 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Invergordon 1972 Ma

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.74 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    [February, 2020] It‘s (g)raining again - it seems as if Dino owns a warehouse full of old Invergordon because he releases 1972/3 vintages almost quarterly. As long as the quality maintains the high level of the previous bottlings these are great news...

    ...and it does. Even to me as a pure malt head these Methusalem Invergordon are a real treat both interesting to explore and enjoyable to quaff. Keep on, Mr. Grain!
    • Nose
      88 88
      The colour is yellow gold and the nose offers a rather shy profile compared to the previous bottlings. It demands quite some time to open up and after 15-20 minutes a delicate and subtle aromas mix enfolds. The typical grainy notes are in balance with spicy wooden and fruity-floral aromas. No off-notes that I can find but I am afraid many drinkers do not have the patience to wait until this nose enfolds and hence will be somewhat disappointed because of its shy profile. So take your time with this dram...
    • Taste
      89 89
      ...which is true for the taste as well. Chew it for a while to unlock all the flavours, it is worth it. The vanilla and barley sugars are supported by delicious fruits and spices, all in a balanced setting. It does not own the power of other grains instead it shows some kind of dignity and understatement. To be honest, I like this better than the punchy profiles that go for the quick impressions only (but often lack substance and variety).
    • Finish
      89 89
      The initial mouthfeel is warming and coating without distracting bitter or drying moments. The finish is of medium length and adds more vanilla and sugars, again without any bitterness from the woods. This was a rather inactive (leached) cask but due to the long maturation time it created a subtle and interesting dram. Water opens up the nose and smoothes the taste with even more sweet flavours but finally I like the neat dram better (because it is more interesting).

  2. didi1893 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Another wonderful and extremely tasty Invergordon! I love the typical and characteristic grain sweetness of the old Invergordons combined with the subtle and complex fruit aromas. Just dreamily to deal with such an old substance in the glass and let the aromas work on you! Compared to the 1972/2018 bourbon barrel, however, I have to admit that I find the 2018 to be minimally fruity, sweeter and a bit better ...

    23/23/22/20 (90P)
    • Nose
      Intense amber shines in the Premium Snifter, the wonderfully sweet gray notes are noticeable from afar. At the first nosing, the voluminous and fruity grainsweet characteristic of an old Invergordon rises voluminously. Vanilla and subtly caramelized sugar seduce the nose, malty grain and subtle fruit aromas in the direction of apricots and pears caress the nose, hints of whole chocolate and grated coconut stimulate the flow of saliva. In the meantime, extremely long and oily "legs" stick to the glass wall, the beguiling grain sweetness increases noticeably, the alcohol shows its voluminous yet mild side. Minimal flavors of hazelnuts and creamy butter cookies give me the rest, I just want to feel the invergordon on my tongue!
    • Taste
      The Invergordon sprinkles the tongue with wonderfully malty and sweet notes of grain. Spicy wood elements combine with the peeling of orange peel and roasted malt, the nuances of grapefruit and dried mint are minimal. A pinch of white pepper and minimal nuances of tobacco and smoke are released from old dry oak. Grilled apricots and roasted grated coconut suddenly end up again in beguiling grain sweetness and a handful of yellow fruits. Mint and vanilla sugar mix with fresh herbs and a dried spice mixture, old mirabelles appear. The interplay of flavors is impressive!
    • Finish
      Cedar wood and malted barley stick to the palate, subtle, yet cozy warmth floods the mouth while caramelized sugar and vanilla combine with the remains of apricot and mirabelle plums. The wonderfully harmonious and lush aromas linger on the palate for a long time, minimally tickling alcohol or hardly noticeable sharpness on the tongue ...

  3. waal scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Nose: unmistakable grain, honey, vanilla, sweet, intense, dark, burnt-out barrel, very deep, chocolate, alcohol noticeable, baked apple, pastries, subtle spice, sugar, very light fruit, great

    Mouth: sweet, slightly tingly, gentle, honey, vanilla, becoming somewhat bitter, harmonious spices, sticky, caramel, digestif, "easy drinking", pleasant, flawless, slightly bitter / sour, orange peel, vanilla with a dash and slightly acidic spices as well some wood

    Conclusion: a fine grain. Not too boring, but not complex either. Still a delicacy for lovers of sweet whiskeys or bourbons. For me like a good dessert. I like to access!

    90 points

  4. Dottore scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Nice grain! significantly drier, more spicy and - for me positive - less sweet than other Invergordons from the 70s. Harmonious and well balanced.
    Mouth and nose with initial "gray note", adhesive. Then nice seasoning, walnut, flower meadow in summer, pepper meal, vanilla and apricots. Slightly coconut on the finish.

  5. mema82 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  6. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Brief comparison with the 1973 Invergordon by Mancarella WID: 117891

    Maybe a little unfair, because the 1973 had a lot of time to breathe in the big bottle and the 1972 didn't.

    In the nose, the 1972 is a little less intense than the 1973. The 72 has more grain and wood notes, but less fruit.
    It's similar in the mouth. The 1973 is somehow mouth-filling, fruity and intense. Despite the lower alcohol content, the 1972 also looks a bit "sharper" or spicy and less elegant.

    In direct comparison, the 1973 just has a little more authority and depth for me. Looks more noble, so to speak.
    Now don't get me wrong. The 1972 is also a delicious whiskey. But can't quite keep up with the 1973. So I don't necessarily need a bottle of the 72, especially since at € 250 it was also € 50 more expensive than the 1973 at the time.

  7. rampah scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89


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