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Overall rating
88.33/100
votes
5
Category
Single Grain
Distillery
Bottler
Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)
Bottling serie
Sweet treats
Vintage
20.05.1993
Bottled
11.2011
Stated Age
18 years old
Casktype
Virgin Toasted Oak Hogshead
Casknumber
G5.4
Number of bottles
247
Strength
65.6 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
20 Oct 2011 9:21 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 60,00

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Whisky Reviews for Invergordon 1993 SMWS G5.4

2 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.33 points

  1. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    N: 65.6%, wowzers! This is from a virgin toasted oak hogshead and is visibly dark in colour - a deep bronze to amber. From nosing it, its clearly a grain for sure and its not yet near any varnish stages, but the cask shows clear signs of rancio-umami development with butterscotch, tomato ‘Wheat Crunchies’, nettle tea and clear American Rye/bourbon notes - vanilla and [barebones] charred oak. Sweet and woody overall but theres a lighter, greener savoury-sour that you often find in younger grains coupled with a depth you only get from more mature spirit in decent casks that balances this Invergordon rather neatly and provides the framework for more to come.
    T: Ok, actually works neat but takes some water. Huge arrival of oaky-grain, sweet honey-comb, caramel and waxy-buttery, vanilla-corn-candy covering the palate entirely. Theres a tannic vegetal note and toasted sweet-sour corn into the finish, salivating mouthfeel, honeyed, buttery, sometimes a little [grain] sour,….rich, tasty with much lip-smacking on maple syrup, pistachio nuts,….
    F: Toasted corn mellows a tad to reveal a chewy grain sealed in fresh yet forgiving oak. Like a bourbon finish but long and extended with vanillas, some light sour curd and tannins. Theres more savoury=sweet, buttery-fresh nuttiness, albeit dry after the fat lady has sung - with a toasted conclusion.
    C: Rather impressive cask, showing many signs of complexity as a grain favourite of mine - the Clan Denny Strathclyde 9yo WB, but with twice the maturity. Tasty stuff easily recommended. Let’s move on to an older SMWS grain, a Girvan 27yo WB

    Scores a B+ 89

    Further reading: WI90

  2. John Barleycorn did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    SMWS Tasting Notes
    Colour: Khaki bronze
    Flavour: Spicy & sweet

    The nose held sweet bourbon-like treats – banana toffee,
    golden syrup, barley sugar, pecan pie, maple syrup on pancakes, rum and raisin,
    sugar on cornflakes; vague hints of coconut, balsa wood, vanilla and felt-tip
    pens. The palate was HOT, chewy, tannic – an explosion of wood extracts with
    pears, lollies, pecan pie, toffee popcorn and treacle tart. The reduced nose
    found sultanas, cinnamon, apple strudel and bananas – the most telling comment
    – ‘I could sniff it all night!’ The reduced palate was unusual, succulent and
    interesting – perfumed, spiced and ‘insanely sweet’ – like rum baba, sprinkled
    with Devil’s Penis chilli; from Scotland’s northern-most grain distillery.

    Drinking Tip: With dessert of watching a DVD of the Dixie
    Chicks in concert

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