Inchgower 12-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
A De Luxe Highland Malt Scotch Whisky from the House of Bell's
Stated Age
12 years old
40.0 % Vol.
750 ml
Bottled for
by Arthur Bell & Sons plc
Added on
02 Dec 2011 1:09 pm

Average value

€ 199.65

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24 × member ratings

38 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Inchgower 12-year-old

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.27 points

  1. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    This is from a 50ml mini, at 70 proof (or 40% ABV)
    • Nose
      Very first good impression! There's a crystalline, fruity tanginess right away, almost like an older Bowmore. Second impression... yup, like a Bowmore 12 De Luxe dumpy, but with a slightly extra oomph. A bit of smoke.
    • Taste
      A bit of dirtiness to this, and also some hay and plastic, but there's fruits also, albeit less obvious fruits than the nose would suggest. Guava, korean pear, sugarcane, and also bit dusty, oily, smoky, and slightly metallic -- Yup, there is OBE in this one. 
    • Finish
      Short. It's 40% ABV after all.

  2. lincolnimp scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    The nose is light and floral but in truth not that expressive.

     On the palate there are white fruits, white wine, hint of vanilla, biscuit and a little cream.

     The finish is approaching medium getting a little bitter. This is fine but as hs3045 says there is a lot of batch variation, this one is ok but I have had much better.
    • Nose
      70 70
    • Taste
      73 73
    • Finish
      73 73

  3. hs305 scored this whisky 66 points Connoisseur

    [November, 2002]  I had this dram during an "old bottles" tasting in Bonn.  It came in a red box.In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50
    - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored this 66. 
    My notes state a pale golden colour and a light texture.  The nose is full of flaws and unpleasant notes of old cheese, turpentine, rubber.  In the beginning there is a strong adhesive glue aroma too that goes away over time.  Surprisingly the nose is somewhat alcoholic despite the rather low abv of 40%.  The mouthfeel is smooth and not punchy at all, later it gets a little peppery.  The taste is again with this unpleasant turpentine notes.  With water it improves a little and gets sweeter.  The finish is short, light and drying.

    This was the worst batch of an old Inchgower standard bottling I had so far (the quality of these batches differ a lot) - sometimes you win, sometime you loose...

  4. hartist scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A little ventilation is not displeasing to him.
    • Nose
      Nose melted, in a fairly light and fragrant style. Malt, abundant honeys, sweet spices (vanilla), riffs of plant aromas (flowers and menthol plants), some green tea in addition. It is certainly complex and greedy for a 12 year old.
    • Taste
      Mouth dense and powerful with a beautiful material and a suave texture. Tasty blend of honey, pastry notes, nuts, menthol notes. Maybe a hint of bitterness (green tea) ?. It is really successful, combining the greediness of the nose with a relative austerity in the mouth.
    • Finish
      This is the weak point of this whisky, having an unfortunate tendency to impoverish too quickly. But it leaves such a beautiful and original note of freshness minty!

  5. dram-drinker scored this whisky 67 points Moderator

    • Nose
      74 74
    • Taste
      70 70
    • Finish
      59 59

  6. dram-drinker scored this whisky 67 points Moderator

    Not my favorite
    • Nose
      Old spirit, old books, cardboardy
    • Taste
      Honey, sweet, more old books and cardboard
    • Finish
      Medium short

  7. guerriero82 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    the photo of the bottle is not exact , the alcohol content correct is 43 °

  8. The Macallan scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A lovely dram as an apertif, perhaps in Winter time. Excellent!!!
    • Nose
      Rich and quite light, bourbon notes, heavy exotic aroma's and sweet (reduced: much milder and perfuming, sweet, coconut and light exotic fruit).
    • Taste
      Mellow start, creamy, spice and warm with some vanilla and cane sugar (reduced: fuller and more toffee/vanilla notes, fruity and cheescake like).
    • Finish
      Long, warm and very tasty, with some sweet fruity notes.


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