Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Signatory Vintage (SV)
Bottling serie
Cask Strength Collection
Stated Age
22 years old
Bourbon Hogsheads - fresh Sherry Butt Finish
Number of bottles
59.7 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
04 Mar 2020 3:34 pm by danilo
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 144.54

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19 × member ratings

46 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Inchgower 1997 SV

3 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.00 points

  1. aspa scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Sugar-sweet, strong. Burnt vanilla. Creme brulee. Malty, spicy. Now very strong, even with a little alcohol that stings in the nose. It fades a bit after 15-20 minutes in the glass, but after 22 years the alcohol does not indicate here. Apricots, pears, light fruit acid and still very sweet and vanilla-sugary. Kiwi and blackberries. A wave of Fizzers sweets comes along - so slightly sour and sweet mixed with fruit flavors. Almost a light wax note over time, the dram is getting better and better. The alcohol is not perfect, but it is well enough integrated. Brown sugar and a little cinnamon - something of the sherry finish comes through.

    It starts again very strongly, the taste immediately fills the whole mouth and is also slightly alky here with a slight tingling sensation on the palate and warming esophagus. Still sweet, but now also malty and a little oak. Vanilla, creme brulee, but also hay and mountain herbs. Mirabelle plums. Then significantly more oak and also slightly bitter. Almost a little salty, or also waxy? I don't know too much about the sherry, maybe some milk chocolate. Then a little brown sugar that is slightly reminiscent of the finish. A little cinnamon to finish.

    Long, and rather dry and tart. It's almost no longer sweet, clearly wood, oak and still slightly bitter. Salt, mirabelle plums, malty, and then again vanilla but only slightly sweet. Interesting how the nose has changed so clearly - but both facets are delicious!

    Paints more interesting, not that easy and takes a lot of time - but then you can find a really delicious sweet nose and a rather bitter taste and finish with a lot to discover and enjoy. I like the filling, and I think the PLV fits very well here.
    N-90, T-89, F-88 for delicious 89 points
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  2. Northern&Isles scored this whisky 97 points Expert Senior

    Very successful and balanced complex mix of bourbon casks with longer post-maturation and married in a sherry cask as the smallest batch.
    Balanced with light and dark fruits, oak spices, herbs and spices. Clear sea tang with salinity. Sea breeze and other sea flavors, seaweed, lightly smoked fish like mackerel, herrings, kippers.
    On top of that lies the fruity sherry.
    Highly recommended.

  3. _stefanmayer scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Very exciting. It wouldn't be for me without water. Interestingly, not because of the sharpness of the alcohol, but because the smell and taste change significantly and the finish changes a little, so that everything looks a little rounder and better coordinated. My first impulse is: The current consumer price of around € 100 is set too high. Against the background that bottling with the addition of water becomes much more attractive and you get "more" from the bottle, I don't think the price is excessive at second glance. But I wouldn't describe this dram as generally pleasing. It is therefore advisable to try a sample, especially before buying, if possible. But this Inchgower is definitely exciting.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Restrained but interesting. Slightly scented, pineapple just before fermentation, ripe pears, sweet mirabelle plums or something like that. Great, but subtle oak barrel note. Mild for almost 60% vol. The sherry finish looks a bit artificial. Would that have turned out to be a great ex-bourbon cask whisky too? After a while in the glass, the barrel note comes out a little more, I like that. Before the second round I add a few drops of water - wow! Herbs and sweet oak notes emerge. The impression of perfumedness is gone. I really like the aroma.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Fast start, dry, apple seeds, milk chocolate bar. The sherry finish looks less artificial here, but not one hundred percent suitable. Slight sweetness of mirabelle plums and some fermented pineapple. The bitterness is a bit too present for me. After adding a few drops of water, the bitterness is less present and everything looks a little rounder. In terms of taste, however, this is still not a direct hit for me personally.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Dry, the bitterness of apple pits dominates my impression. Herbal rather than fruity. Doesn't really meet my preferences here. I also like the finish better with a few drops of water. The bitterness is less in the foreground and the herbal notes come into their own. Fruity notes but only marginally recognizable with water.


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