Overall rating
Single Grain
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)
Bottling serie
Sweet treats
Stated Age
18 years old
Virgin Toasted Oak Hogshead
Number of bottles
65.6 % Vol.
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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5 × member ratings

5 × in collection

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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