In September 2022 I visited – together with Dearly Beloved and my buddy Manny – this grain distillery. Well, we weren't allowed to go beyond the entrance to take some pictures, but still. That makes tasting this Invergordon just a little more interesting. Belgian bottler Brachadair already bottled a 44-year-old from 1972, so this is not their first rodeo with this grain. And together with Manny I also bottled a 29-year-old Invergordon from 1988. So yes, reason enough to put this one on the lips, I think.
Beautiful notes of green banana, white chocolate, boiled rice and vanilla. A hint of popcorn and honey, but the typical notes of wood glue are omitted, which I honestly find an advantage.
The body is fine. Coconut and vanilla come first, followed by a creamy touch of white chocolate with some soft pepper. Cinnamon and black pepper peek around the corner, while a hint of tropical fruit (young pineapple and mango) appear on the horizon. Beautiful!
Although the finish is a bit on the short side, it still offers a nice touch of coconut meat and pepper before dying a sweet and slightly drying death.
If grain is given time to mature and is in a good cask, then that often results in a delicious whisky, as is the case here. Taste it with a piece of white chocolate. You will understand what I mean.