T: Ooh yes, that maturity shows its hand straight away. We’re into more [buttered] popcorn and sweet [vanilla] sponge cake laced with toffee sugars and brown>black treacle. A most pleasing, strong and consolidated arrival and subsequent development. There’s a less desirable nub to overcome, a slightly cloggy, jarring nub. This finally sorts itself out so hold on in there because it resolves itself. Theres such an intensity here, a tight bunch of flavours, slightly bitter, a little drying but you get glimpse of complex herbs, fruits and old libraries in the interim,
F: Im really enjoying the bitter-sweet balance, mainly sweet but with the wood offering a counter weight that carries on neatly to the death. Oaked vanillas with this depth can only be attained after 40+, so it seems. There are some dry heather notes here too but its thick and awash with bourbon oak fruits, toffee, chocolate and vanilla with intense oak notes jostling around to the last.
C: Fabulous old grain that appears to vanish rapidly from the bottle, in front of your eyes like magic. Doesn’t disappoint at all. One of the best Invergorden’s I’ve tried - but this is only my eighth.
LAST FEW DRAMS
N: Predominantly, char-grilled buttered, corn-on-the-cob with deep, rich, fruity molasses - like a very well aged rum. Very similar balance to the NoS 1971 WB but with far more weight and rambunctiousness. A fabulous oak monster with a fruity, grainy and sugary complexity with more than a passing hint of carrot cake laced with armagnac and nutty vanilla ice-cream. This is a boozy affair,
T: Despite its broad arrival, its not [unsurprisingly] overly complex. Oaky sugars quickly establish themselves , bitter<sweet - very tasty. Theres lots of power here and im happy to add water, which tempers the large cask influence as well as contributing to a few more taste descriptors - like mint, sage and, yes more Armagnac. Moves hastily along.
F: Lots of cask notes jostle for position. Rather a bustling finish with oak dominating. The vanilla and bubblegum play second fiddle with a touch more armagnac & medicinal tincture freshness very much in the background. Theres a waxy, almost buttery mouthfeel despite all that dry oak. Nice transition from the palate to a decent, medium-fair finish - with chocolate liqueurs also showing.
C: Following on from the more gentile NoS, what it lacks in grace it makes up for in unadulterated and unapologetic gusto. An easy one to like and a very good grain indeed - and a mark higher than the NoS certainly.
Scores a B+