T: Sharp, salty, spicy spirit arrival with a medium/light body.The oaky, fruity fudge sugars are bullied by the persistent and peppery [immature] spirit. After a week, the ethanol is much less aggressive now, its still dominant but more subdued. Later theres more of a malt presence starting with a Shredded Wheat & Shreddies arrival which helps to delay the inevitable spirit dominance which has an astringent, sour fennel and spearmint freshness to it. Butterscotch seeps through now. The development is fairly long as the whisky clumsily unwinds. This needs high maintenance water wise, but doing so will improve things albeit marginally.
F: Only moderate sweetness lives here as sour, fresh, astringent spirit and waxy, drying [black tea] tannins prevail. After a week and more, toffee malt and butterscotch starts to bleed through as the austere spirit subsides - it’s an improvement but not transformed. A young green Sauvignon Blanc makes an appearance once the brown treacle and aniseed/fennel subsides. Again like the development, theres a long but clumsy unravel to the finish line. Ovaltine, bitter oak, horseradish and soured cream has the last word.
C: Ive really tried with this malt but heres no getting over the spirit's austere nature. Another few years and certainly a better cask could have really helped this one. Overall, not a great whisky but because i enjoy the profile of Inchgower immensely, there was always something to appreciate along the way.
Scores a C[+]