10 years is actually a pretty young age for single grain bottlings. The finish in a first-fill ex-PX sherry cask, however, charges the whiskey with sweet sherry in such a way that the character of Invergordon is completely covered. A feast for lovers of sherry bombs! Nevertheless, I noticed the smell of glue that is typical for me, which often bothers me a bit with single grain whiskeys.
The sherry clearly dominates the first impression. This brings an almost overwhelming fruit palette of dark fruits and dried fruits. The undertone is rather sour. I am thinking primarily of (sour) cherries, black currants and raisins. As with many (younger) grain bottlings, I notice a slight smell of glue behind the sherry. Then a slight spiciness from the barrel is noticeable. I find bittersweet, dark chocolate and baking cocoa, as well as sourdough bread and some leather.
In the mouth it is a lot sweeter than in the nose. The sweetness of the PX Sherry builds more and more in the mouth, covering everything else for the moment. I have seldom had such a sweet whiskey in my glass. I now only perceive the fruit as candied fruit. The sweet taste mainly reminds me of brown rock candy.
The finish is long and the sweetness doesn't retreat a step until the end. Fudge and Butterscotch candies remain. The oak is also completely covered by the sweetness in the finish.
Aroma and mouthfeel hardly change. However, I have the impression that the slight spiciness and the chocolate in the finish come into their own a little more alongside the sweetness.