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Whisky Reviews for Inchgower 21-year-old whic
11 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.68 points
- Sorry whic, but nothing really is amazing here. But price is fair. Too bad for the series, hope the whole thing is not just a marketing gimmick. The Glenrothes was good! Let's see how the series develops ...
- The question that comes up to me is when will the first "Amazing Whisky" bottling appear, which will convince and withstand the high expectations that come after every big advertising promise on the part of whic. I'm afraid we have to wait much longer ...
- Northern German whisky ramblers # 7
Today there is the new Inchgower from whic.de from the Amazing Whiskys series! It is number 2 in the series and thus the successor to the much-discussed Glenrothes.
The Inchgower comes at 21 years and 59.3% - matured in bourbon casks and finished in sherry casks!
Pretty staid. Not that much comes - subtle apple and cinnamon. Leather, vanilla and cranberries are added. Overall, very reserved.
Super strong start! Spicy, very spicy - caramel, brown sugar and some tobacco. The second sip is much fruity - orange peel, apples, bananas. Salivation is mandatory.
Short finish with lots of vanilla and toffee.
I like it better than the Glenrothes. A solid inchgower, but without corners and edges - easy to drink without being carried away.
I find the price a bit ambitious (€ 94.90), especially when comparing the Inchgower SV bottlings, which I liked much better.
- For me this is an exciting, multi-layered dram that is not dominated by the sherry cask at all. There is a lot of space left for the distillery character. The salty and slightly maritime notes, which are usually attributed to an Inchgower, are covered by the wonderful fruitiness and vanilla/toffee sweetness, but shine through after adding some water. A well matured Inchgower. I am not surprised at all that the only 186 bottles were sold out very quickly.
I thank whic (Whiskycircle) for the complimentary sample!
Fruity start on the nose with green apple and some grapefruit. Then there are sherry aromas, notes of cider and toffee, followed by some herbs, such as fennel and eucalyptus, with oak and a hint of menthol in the background.
Sweet and creamy on the palate with vanilla, caramel and lots of fruit aromas, such as apples, oranges and grapefruit. Pleasantly warming, despite the high alcohol content, with some white pepper, oak spice and a touch of menthol.
The finish is long lasting, creamy sweet with vanilla and sticky fruit jam. It then becomes slightly drier with oak spice, tobacco leaves and a subtle herbal note.
With water: After the addition of a few drops, the fruitiness fades into the background and salty aromas with a light maritime touch appear. Overall, it is fresher, with sweet vanilla cream. On the palate it remains sweet, creamy and sticky fruity with caramel, vanilla and apples. The finish remains long and creamy with subtle dry oak spice and fresh herbs.
- Color gold
Dram: diluted and undiluted
So this malt belongs to the Amazing Whisky's - is that pure marketing or is there something behind it? I wanted to find out. Overall, it can be said that this is absolutely not a bad whisky. Beautiful complexity and the sherry finish does not overlay the malt, but complements it very nicely. The distillery character can even be tickled with water. However, it shouldn't have stayed in the barrel longer and the malt is more on the woody side. I find it annoying, however, that the malt remains very sharp, even with water. In addition, some missing notes can be recognized after lactic acid and chlorine. Amazing is perhaps a little over the top. However, the malt is a lot of fun and you can spend an evening doing it. However, he barely fails to make it onto the top whisky podium.
My rating system:
100-95: Exceptional whiskys
80-94: top whisky
50-79: standard whisky
Strong sherry notes and a good start on the nose, light alcohol notes that trigger a cooling effect, liquorice, slightly woody notes from the old wall unit, cinnamon, but also fruity notes, rum pot, dried dark fruits, raisins, dates and figs, burnt marshmallows, Popcorn, strawberry jam, cranberries, blackberries, black currants, slightly tart, lemon zest, grapefruit, toffee candy, eucalyptus and menthol, herbaceous notes of tarragon, thyme, but there are also bright fruits that are reminiscent of green apples, gooseberries and light grapes, whiter Pepper, crushed dried chilli, bitter orange jam, spicy gingerbread, slight lactic acid moments and chlorine, with water the aromas already described remain, but there are more maritime notes, sea air, sea salt and some iodine, grease like in an old workshop
Strong start followed by a very nice depth and strong sherry aromas, rum pot, Mon Cheri, milk chocolate to dark chocolate, liquorice sweets, star anise, slightly bitter after mocha and espresso, dried fruits, plums, dates and raisins, light leather moments, cinnamon rolls, all in all very deep and rather woody dark taste tones, bottled at exactly the right time, it should not have stayed in the barrel longer, nutmeg, light pepper notes, forest honey, brown sugar, tobacco, mint and eucalyptus, with water much fruity after candied apple, but it remains Sharpness, bitter orange jam, licked pencil
The finish is rather medium-long and the deep sherry aromas remain paired with bitter notes of espresso and dark chocolate, but the fruity notes tend to remain in the background, if then more of raisins and prunes, nutty moments of hazelnuts, almonds and Brazil nuts
- You can drink this. Especially without thinking. The sherry barrel played a minor role. He doesn't really convince me. A small highlight are perhaps the three different types of spice that I recognized. Full review (german): https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2020/07/13/die-speyside-im-glas/
The malt has a slight alcoholic tinge at first, then there are a few restrained sherry notes, a bit spicy, some marzipan and almonds, eucalyptus, a little oak. I add a little water straight away: it becomes a little drier and more sedate. Grain is added.
In the mouth, despite the addition of water, it is still very strong, slightly hot, very spicy, honey-sweet, oak, brown sugar, slightly bitter, not exactly balanced for 21 years of ripening.
The finish is very dry with a clear bitterness, medium-long.
This malt is definitely not amazing, since I drank much younger whiskys with more alcohol percentages that were softer. I also find nothing of the set flavors and the old books, as the bottler advertises. Too bad.
- I like the second bottle from whic's Amazing series better than the 22y Glenrothes. It takes less time to open. The sherry finish, the length of time it is stored in the sherry barrel, is not known to me, has had an influence on the nose and the taste. The mixture between the fruit compote and the spices - especially pure, is very nice. It can be enjoyed very well without water. Be careful when adding water, you have to be careful not to make it too flat.
The color of the 21 year old Inchower is a bright gold. Due to its high alcohol content, the legs move down the edge of the glass rather slowly and less elegantly.
The nose starts immediately with ripe pineapple juice along with the smell of yellow pome fruit, like apples and pears. Very fruity and sweet. Behind it is the sherry finish with the well-known red fruits such as Berries and old leather. Along with the sherry aromas, a clear herbal note comes to the fore. I can't quite understand what the spice is. Slightly stinging in the nose, the alcohol of 59.3% says kindly short Hello, a little mint.
With a few drops of water added, the alcohol noticeably fades into the background. The whisky becomes softer on the nose. The tropical fruit aromas are reduced, the pome fruit changes from yellow to green. The sherry side now surprisingly takes over.
The first sip without water starts very sweet, but then quickly becomes spicy and tangy. Dark chocolate with cinnamon and nutmeg then dominates the mouth. A little smoke association and leather is also present. Little fruit in the taste professional. The alcohol is well integrated in the mouth.
With a little water, the peppery component decreases, the sweet side gains in fruitiness. The spices remain noticeable.
The spices together with the dark chocolate meet in the oak finish. The finish is medium to long. The reverberation is still aromatic. Bitter components remain in the background. With water, the fruit from the mouth remains present even in the finish.