Inchgower 14-year-old

Overall rating
82.17/100
votes
404
Whiskybase ID
WB283
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Flora & Fauna
Bottled
2000
Stated Age
14 years old
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5000281024387
Added on
15 aug 2007 10:32 pm
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 58.67

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Whisky reviews for Inchgower 14-year-old

42 users have left 50 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 82.17 points.

  1. Hegu scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    A relatively unknown 14-year-old Flora & Fauna bottle from the Diageo distillery, although it seems to have disappeared from the label.
    • Nose
      Ripe peach, apple, vanilla, herbs, grain, wet grass.
    • Taste
      Really fresh, mynthon-style but sweeter, fuller, vanilla-soft and pleasantly honey-like. A beautiful whisky.
    • Finish
      The end is beautiful, fresh and balanced elegant. It's great how whisky pleasantly surprises. This is on a Finnish summer night when the sun finally sinks behind the horizon by the lake. The clock is closer to morning than evening and the only sound is the song of the waking birds on the wooded shore.

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  3. MarcinCh scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Straw color. The whisky is quite oily.
    • Nose
      82 82
      Quite delicate, subtle. Malt, hay. Fruit. Honey. Fruit in sweet syrup. A bit of pudding. Wax.
    • Taste
      81 81
      Some sweets. Caramel. Malt. A bit of fruit underneath. Wax. Light oiliness.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Malt. Wax. Minimal spiciness. Spices. White pepper. Some barrel bitterness. Pretty intense. Minimally warming. Medium-long finish.

  4. Tomek scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    Nose: pears, wood elements, vanilla, citrus
    Taste: wooden, sweet, slightly citrusy, vanilla notes
    Finish: vanilla, bitter finish
    Rating: 2

  5. Nazin scored this whisky 69 points Expert Senior

    N: ginger, grapefruit, honey, orange, salt, herbs.
    T: sweet, honey, citruses, malt, herbs
    F: medium, honey

  6. zzqfyl scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  7. Saftkenner scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    The fresh and fine nose is definitely the highlight of this bottling. On the palate, bitter and unbalanced, it is no longer a pleasure.
    • Nose
      86 86
      A beautiful, fine, fresh maritime nose with tangy citrus notes. Oranges, limes, ginger, pepper, sea breeze, fresh wood, applesauce, apricots, hay.
    • Taste
      81 81
      Slightly watery, slightly hot and yet quite intense on the palate.
      Vanilla, ginger, tannins, orange zest, pineapple, blood orange, oak spice, aniseed.
    • Finish
      78 78
      Medium-long finish. Above all, the bitterness remains, along with a little oak spice and blood orange.

  8. hafssol scored this whisky 79 points Expert Junior

    A Speysider with a bit of a maritime strength. At first, it displays some fruit sweetness (apricot, apple pie, citrus), but soon reveals an oaky and slightly salted bitterness, already announced by the nose (bitter almonds). Also vanilla notes are present, given by the bourbon cask maturation, anyway the result is neither sweet nor smooth.
    It has its own character, bold and not immediately comforting for everyone, but surely interesting for anyone who likes to explore something a bit different.

  9. keizerjos scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    The scent of cardboard - not the annoying kind - quickly turns floral and soft. It has been (closed) in the closet for five years, waiting for the final judgment - keep it and sell it or not? Or not, so. The increase in value is negligible (see what I did there?) And the valuation on WB is not over the top.
    Okay, pop, so open now. 14 years old, at 43%. he's a smooth guy. Butterfat mouthfeel, trace of nuts and wood, a bitter edge in the aftertaste. There is something spicy in it, not very specific. It doesn't necessarily make me happy. Dry, dusty, now also cardboard in the aftertaste. I think that if you blended this with a sweet whisky like Glenmorangie 10YO, the combination would be more interesting than this whisky as a single malt. I will definitely give that a try, I still have 100 ml of that stuff somewhere.
    That said, maybe it's just me today - it wouldn't be the first time the whisky is more enjoyable the next time. Not a big deal for now, but I am disappointed.
    The second tasting is a bit better; there is a pleasant pepper in it - unfortunately the cardboard remains ubiquitous. This whisky is neither fruity nor very sweet; neither salty nor peaty; neither remarkable nor startling; what he is, I may know that the third time.
    We have had that third time now. Nuts, softly sweet, cardboard remains oxygenated for a month and a half now. I don't really believe in that myth either. Mild, friendly, minty entry-level whisky that can't really anger anyone. Unfortunately, I am not pleased either. 82 points.

  10. Squinugie scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  11. JimJaws scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

  12. YD84 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  13. sengaia scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    The nose is quite floral but also has some sweet candy as well as seaweed aroma’s. The taste adds some bitter oak as well strong grassy notes. This is a strange symphony of flavors that somehow works and is just great to either puzzle apart or simply to enjoy for the unique thing it is. The let down is the low strength, at a higher proof this would blow the house down.

    Inchgower has an oddball style that you either love or hate - I love it.

  14. MM-Speyside scored this whisky 72 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      75 75
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      75 75

  15. Totoro scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    An idiosyncratic one. Extremely leafy, vegetal, and mineralic, with soft exotic "white" fruitiness. Glad to have tried it, but I wouldn't go for a whole bottle.
    • Nose
      81 81
      Salad greens, celery, spinach, dried grasses and herbs, hay, chalk, parched oak. The fruits only show once you've taken the first sip.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Soft is understating it. Feels like the mildest 43% I've tasted yet. Interestingly and unexpectedly fruity though, with the pulp of pears, pineapples and guavas. Very softly drying, with a nicely mineralic feel at the end.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Mildly astringent, with a sprinkling of white pepper, sweet exotic fruit pulp (see above) and limestone.

  16. DocF scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Color: yellow gold

    I have no idea how the sulfur gets in the nose, quite penetrative. Basic malt whisky with a little old style that I would like to try with more age.
    • Nose
      Smells young at first, musty, no sherry and still sulphurous, asparagus pee, unripe plums, actually a little malt in the background. Burning matches and dry wood chips. After the first sip of dark, malty, a few pickled plums, block malt. Boiled apples, vanilla sauce.
    • Taste
      For 43% surprisingly oily, butter, malt beer, for 14 years a good pile of old oak. Nutmeg, orange peel, green apples.
    • Finish
      Rather short, clearly bitter. Grassy, straw, shoe polish.

  17. hans1971 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      82 82

  18. thatcher2000 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      82 82

  19. BXpress scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    sample.

    It seems this one came from a rather dark batch. Very nice actually.
    • Nose
      Rather resinous, peppery and spicy. Fruity hints here and there but this is more on the savoury side. Slightly herbal and there is a hint of sulphur in there, but it is so faint it can be ignored.
    • Taste
      Savoury arrival, this time the sulphur is a bit more prominent in the form of match sticks. Again spicy, some honey in between and overripe apples. Tiny bit harsh, and maybe a bit thin, but it is not all that bad. A certain dry freshness kicks in after a while.
    • Finish
      Medium long on overripe apples, caramel and some honey. Nice sirupy, kinda coffe-ish after taste.

  20. Calmar scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Quite a mole, very clean, transparent, very good depth and saturation for its age, the fortress is also no complaints, for 43% - very worthy, in general - woody-grassy, ​​dry.
    • Nose
      Open, dry, processed board, wood shavings, wood dust, herbal notes, light honey-floral tones, propolis, sandpaper, some fresh vegetables.
    • Taste
      Sweet-woody, a little lemon pepper, lemon zest, creamy notes, herbs and honey, slightly astringent oak.
    • Finish
      Light, airy, slightly tart oak, light plastic bitterness, herbs, weak lemon tints, lemon pepper.

  21. vojt466 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    An unobtrusive drink that takes time to develop to show off its fruit-vanilla qualities and, unfortunately, a bitter orange peel. It's not the worst, but not the bomb

  22. spigray scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    re-reviewed
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  23. spigray scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    I remembered it as a little cardboardy in the aftertaste. but tody I find it pretty clean.
    nice midday dram, I´d say. up one point
    87/100
    • Nose
      re-review:
      taste changes from time to time, at the moment I´m more into bourbon matured stuff, so let´s see, if I will change my mind. had it 86 last time I reviewed it.
      slightly grassy and floral with a substantial oaky back bone. also a malty component, let´s say croissants. thereś also a mineral, slightly coastal smell.
    • Taste
      very round and pleasing on the palate, good balance with malt, vanilla, grass, breakfast cereals.
      first slightly sweet but drying very quickly.
    • Finish
      medium to long, a bit flat now

  24. Wolv scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    10.05.2017
    • Nose
      Sofort kommen Heidekraut und Ginster zum Vorschein, dicht gefolgt von Honig und etwas Vanille
    • Taste
      weich, leicht ölig und frisch; Noten von Kräutern und Nadelholz sowie Harz; insgesamt floral
    • Finish
      lang, wärmend und leicht alkoholisch; wiederholt die Kräuternoten, floraler Charakter kommt stärker zum Vorschein

  25. Joschbert scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    The nose is very well balanced, the alcohol burns a little on the palate.
    84/100
    • Nose
      Flowery, heather, sweet and sour, pineapple, green apples, lime, vanilla, cereals
    • Taste
      Pear schnapps, herbs, sweet and sour tropical fruits (pineapple / guava)
    • Finish
      slightly bitter oak, slightly salty, citrus notes. medium

  26. Achany scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    the nose is full of fruits, plums, just wonderful. on the palate there are some spices but gentle, some nuts, fruits again, malt. nice and good balanced malt. nose does promise a lot - taste does not keep up but still very nice!
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      81 81

  27. pianoman scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Mild. Yellow apples, dry wood, sand. Wild mint, gooseberries.
    • Taste
      Honey, milk chocolate, chili. Some coffee and earth. Medium.

  28. Ana Chronist scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  29. Wolv scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      83 83

  30. domani scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    Very restrained yet round and harmonious with interesting interplay in the flavors - 21.07.2017
    • Nose
      Fruity sweetness, flowery, grassy, ​​moss, slightly musty, white chocolate, after a while it opens up more and more harmonious and develops a fine, sweet-sour aroma
    • Taste
      Malt sweetness, chocolate, coffee, end of intense forest honey
    • Finish
      medium

  31. squaadgras scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      80 80

  32. Xstream scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    A lot of vanilla,fresh fruits, malty like cereal. Nice easy sweet whisky. Biggest downside is the finish. It's a bit bitter first and then gone mostly. What remains is pleasant though. 

  33. Butz75 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  34. spigray scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    n: malty-grassy nose, initially a little shy but opening up very soon.
        still a more delicate nose with fresh croissants and pastry, freshly brewed tea.
        grandma´s kitchen :-)))
        hints of roasted chestnuts, a little vanilla and a few apples
    t:  a mellow, slightly oily mouthfeel, medium sweet. again malty, the grassy
        notes faded a little. malt candies and a few roasted nuts.
    f:  medium to long, unfortunately a little cardboardy and fusty in the aftertaste.
    comments: understatement malt very much rounded and harmonious.
                       the only flaw is the slightly dirty aftertaste.
    86/100

  35. spigray scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      84 84

  36. JacobaEd scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  37. recursiewhisky scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    This is a very closed-up whisky. Even after some extended aeration time it’s still very closed. After adding some water it opens-up a little and gives away some hidden spices and woods. Before that it’s all quite light and fresh (and overripe) fruits. The surprising touch of salt on the palate is actually quite nice.

    All in all an interesting whisky to taste but a bit too shy for my taste.

    http://www.worldwhisky.nl/review-376-inchgower-14-year/
    • Nose
      A light, sweet and fresh whisky with aromas of grains, malt, acacia honey, grapes, Floral tones of chamomile, grass, red apple, green apple skins, hay, subtle citrus, soft oak, cedar wood, hint of toffee, red currents, blackberry juice, elderberry blossom syrup and a metallic tone
    • Taste
      A creamy, light and sweet whisky with aromas of grain, honey, vanilla, malt, icing sugar, a hint of licorice root, a pinch of salt, unripe kiwi, apple, citrus, unripe pear, maple syrup, fresh cut rhubarb, aniseeds, candied ginger and a hint of angelica root.
    • Finish
      A medium long en sweet finish with aromas of honey, pineapple, sugar, apple, pear, overripe white grapes and subtle oak.

  38. markjedi1 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Spring Whisky

    Around 99% of the production from Inchgower is meant for the blending industry, so you will not encounter this malt easily in official bottlings. There are a Manager’s Dram a two Rare Malts, but we try the easily obtainable one, the Inchgower 14 Year Old in the so-called Flora & Fauna series.

    The nose is quite fresh and fruity. Think apples – make those cider apples – gooseberries and pineapple. Loads of breakfast cereals too. This is nice.

    The palate is mild with some lemongrass and pepper, joined by citrus (think lemon and lime), some ginger and a touch of oak. Mildly drying.

    That drying effect continues in the rather short finish.

    A lovely spring whisky, no more, no less.

  39. karloff scored this whisky 75 points Specialist

    • Nose
      77 77
    • Taste
      74 74
    • Finish
      74 74

  40. lincolnimp scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Having this again I got nutty notes this time which I did not get previously.

    Pistachio.

    It may have a simple profile but it is still a great dram for the money.

  41. lincolnimp scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    I really like this bottle and for me it is one of the best bang for your buck malts at just over £40. It is not complex but an easy drinking malt, that ticks all the boxes for me.
    • Nose
      Lovely on coffee, dark chocolate, menthol.
    • Taste
      Not full bodied but easy going on honey, caramel, menthol, cocoa, something biscuity (digestives).
    • Finish
       Not long but bery smooth on caramel.

  42. lincolnimp scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    I cannot understand the low marks for reviews that this bottle gets. I think for the money this is one of the best value whisky available.
    Definately another future buy. I have heard that they are not making this anymore so grab it while you can.
    Inchgower may be unfashionable but this is a gem of a bottling, not particularly complex, just very enjoyable.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      92 92

  43. Cast Olila scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      80 80

  44. Allandale scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Sweet, spicy, hint of peat.
    • Taste
      Light to medium bodied. Spicy, malty, sweet.
    • Finish
      Dark , bitter chocolate.

  45. Georges scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80

  46. Georges scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Light, delicate, sweet, citrus
    • Taste
      Fresh, hay, spicy
    • Finish
      Medium long, spicy, citrus

  47. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    N: Milky creaminess with the signature Inchgower maltiness, albeit light and oily. Particular notes include crab apples with stale Shreddies and a floral, leathery, milk chocolate maltiness with a faint maple/pecan strudel. Very light but not subdued - much like the Bladnoch F&F bottling.
    T: Surprisingly bold arrival for 43% - peppery/salty and oily spirit led with the oak presence not far behind. Sugary, sour, malty, cereal notes occupy the development. Some chewing  is to be done here for the chocolaty bourbon notes to appear
    F: Sour, cereal, crab apple, oaky, oiliness and a pleasing [tannic sour/fresh] bourbon fruit lift to finish.
    C: Very good. Another interesting and challenging F&F bottling.

    Scores a B-

  48. mmaclean scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

     You could argue that there’s an element of auto-suggestion at work when
    you pick up saltiness in Inchgower, after all, it comes from a fishing
    port (Buckie). But taste it blind and there it is; an unmistakable
    salinity on nose and palate which, when combined with lemon accents,
    cumin seed, thin fruit syrups, and green grapes, makes this an intense,
    perfect, aperitif.

  49. hsmithjr scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    I love this one.  A salty powerhouse!  Very nice, but don`t eat salty chips or peanuts with this one.

  50. tomy63 scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    Nothing extraordinary, lack of complexity, especially the nose.
    • Nose
      spices then dry and dirty
    • Taste
      sweet and malty in attack then becomes dry and dirty
    • Finish
      moderately long, salt point

  51. karloff scored this whisky 75 points Specialist

    This was a christmas present off my wife Clare. A nice steady malt
    • Nose
      Fresh and fruity with orange standing out most of all
    • Taste
      Again a fruity orange taste that is light and salty with just a kick of spice.
    • Finish
      A medium finish, Perfect for having after a meal.

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