- Single Malt
- A.D. Rattray (DR)
- Bottling serie
- Individual Cask Bottling
- Stated Age
- 36 years old
- Bourbon Cask
- Number of bottles
- 56.4 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Added on
- 07 Dec 2010 11:04 am
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62 × member ratings
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Whisky Reviews for Inchgower 1974 DR
7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.43 points
- The nose is really great. Unfortunately, the taste on the track. Just too unbalanced - too much wood and alcohol. You have to like this special kind of whisky.
Smells of roasted, candied nuts and the finest nougat. Just delicious! 94P
First a mild start with oranges. Then suddenly heavy, but nice alcohol, a lot of chilli and wood. 83P
Long and warm. 82P
- Good whisky, but the bitter finish indicates that it (imho) should have been bottled earlier. The nose is splendid though!
Exotic fruits, leather,
fino sherry, cognac, vanilla, honey, caramel, licorice
Vanilla, citrussy, wood, leather
Caramel, dry, vanilla, bourbon(?), salt, bitter wood
- Single dram note, 8 x Inchgower vertical tasting. 10_2012.
old books, grains, slight beeswax, slightly medicinal/aspirin, berry fruit spirit/eau de vie, woody spices & vanilla. (90)
malty, sparkly!, beeswax, some hay. (91)
turning silky, more malt & beeswax, butterscotch, slightly floral (dried). (92)
- A beauty!
Wow...very complex. Eucalyptus. Honey. Old oak. Hints of citrus. Sea air. Orange blossom.
Salty and hot. Alcohol, but not overwhelming. Menthol. Dried flowers. Old furniture.
Rather long and spicy. Anise. A bit dry.
- Written by Richard Joynson of Loch Fyne Whiskies. I found it enjoyable and interesting.
(Abridged tasting note:
Superb!, so much going on, just buy it! and now!) Here´s a theory, it´s mine (Richard J at LFW) and unresearched so please don´t try and test it?
Once long ago, if the seventies fits that description, a chap called Raymond Miquel was in charge of Bell´s Scotch Whisky Distillers, who owned four distilleries (I think, I´m not going to check this stuff) one of which was Inchgower. Mr. Miquel (who is still active in Scottish business as head of Lee´s Confectionary) was an exceptionally dynamic entrepreneur who sent a well drilled army of impeccably blazered (double-breasted) reps out into the UK market to promote Bell´s whisky, and it rather worked well, today Bell´s remains the number one blend in the UK.
So successful was the sales drive that more malt had to be made to meet demand, a demand that was not prepared to wait five years for stock to mature, ?but no matter, they thought, make it faster and pile it higher in what facilities we have, no problems´, they thought.
So Bell´s distilleries turned up production, fermentation time was reduced (as I say, not checked), stills went into overdrive and new make crammed into casks and stuffed into warehouses while new ones were being built.
You can´t rush Scotch, that´s why we love it and that´s why the boffins and accountants have been unable to streamline the production, leaving it a quality sensitive quirky hands-on process, even at state-of-the-art Roseisle.
So what is now predictable with hindsight happened, the quality of 3-5 years old malt for Bell´s plummeted and the Scottish Scotch drinker turned to Grouse. (Quality recovered by the late eighties by-the-way).
We noticed during the Rare Malts releases of ten years ago some superb old drams being offered at about 25 years matured and some were, after so many years, still at strengths of 65%alc! Blair Athol, Dufftown, Inchgower and Rosebank in particular, the Bell´s distilleries! Duff angels or concentrated filling strength? Although they forced their spirit production and stuffed it into tired wood at very high strength eventually mother maturation has done her job and produced exceptional drams.
And here at 36 years is another example.
Further reading? Business As Usual - The Miquel Way´
Flavour Map Ref: Debatable E5