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Overall rating
88.48/100
votes
26
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Scotia Royale (SR)
Vintage
1978
Stated Age
34 years old
Number of bottles
150
Strength
53.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
07 Feb 2013 4:14 am
Cask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 450,15

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26 × member ratings

14 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Inchgower 1978 SR

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.48 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    [June, 2019] Both the design and the packaging of this release is very similar to the standard range Loch Lomond and Glen Scotia bottlings (by the owners Loch Lomond Group) and indeed - Scotia Royale was the 'old' LLG company based near Glasgow before the new owners decided to move to Alexandria where the Loch Lomond distillery is located. Scotia Royale released a few casks they acquired in the market (among them this Inchgower) but the new owners decided quickly to stop this and fully concentrate on their own portfolio of malts (among them the stocks of Littlemill). So these bottlings are rather rare...

    ...and this one is excellent, too. It offers a fine old-style sherry matured dram without flaws and off-notes. This Inchgower is both interesting to explore and enjoyable to quaff - to me it is on eye-level with some of the best Glenfarclas Family Casks I tasted recently.
    • Nose
      92 92
      The colour is burnished and the nose offers a flawless oloroso sherry profile in a fine balance of malt, wine and wood. There are dozens of different aromas and all are delicious (use a big spheric blender's glass to catch them all). After some breathing additional waxy and floral notes join in creating a true old-stylish impression now. I could sniff this for hours...
    • Taste
      91 91
      The taste is nicely layered starting with the malt flavours, surprisingly. Then the sherry kicks in with oranges, figs and dried fruits, turning nutty later. The wood provides tasty herbal impressions and a firm structure for all these delicious flavours. This dram is greatly chewable. Water releases more floral, herbal and waxy aromas in the nose which turns the whisky even more old-stylish. The reduced dram tastes more smoother but the layers intermingle now. I like to nose this Inchgower a little reduced but prefer to drink it neat.
    • Finish
      91 91
      The dram arrives warming on the palate and instantly coats the mouth with a creamy and slightly metallic (another old-style characteristics) feeling. The finish is long and offers more chocolatey, nutty and marzipan notes that I really like. No disctracting moments at all, this was bottled at the right time.

  2. Jackson05 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Inchgower 34 year 53.1% (Scotia Royale)

    N: Lacquer, polish, challah bread, unsalted peanuts, vanilla bean ice cream, cold metal, cherry wood, orange oil, musty, stewed peach, werthers originals

    P: Creamy and thick, sourdough bread, toffee, allspice, slightly lactic, slightly tropical (dried mango, banana chips, papaya), roasted peanuts. Slightly spicy, Rich mouthfeel. Great palate.

    F: Roasted peanuts, oak spice, cashews, butterscotch, a little lactic, cherry wood, medium - long

    90/100

    Some great old bottle flavours, the palate is incredible. Another reviewer said it’s a combination of a good spirit, put into a good cask, with sufficient time. That totally sums it up. It’s just a really good malt. It still retains some youthfulness, but has some great old elements as well. Paid $360 Canadian, and it’s worth it at that price.

  3. St. Pauli scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    This is a very well-nurtured whisky. It's old and it shows, yet it hasn't lost its power and youthfullness. This is a combination of a good spirit, a good cask, and sufficient time.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Colour: burnished
      Appearance: coats to the glass like chewing gum

      It's not always easy to pin down a the nose of some whiskies. I have this relatively often with Inchgower and this case is no exception. It's a very pleasant nose though. The backbone holds the middle between malt (toast) and wood. Yet that toasted character could also be from the wood itself. It's like eating toast with salted butter. Yet it doesnt stop. There is a lovely fruitiness to this whisky. It's a strange combination, with orange, raisins, fig, but also overripe tropical fruit like papaya and banana. There is a hint of old leather and fresh coriander.
    • Taste
      89 89
      A great attack, rather powerful and quite rounded. It's more on tropical fruit now, with both tinned peach and wild peach (these flat ones) and overripe mango. Vanilla plays its part too. In the back, there is a meaty layer with old books, and a layer of dried fruit. Then the malt, oak and soft spice leave a trace. It gets increasingly spicy, but that's no surprise with a whisky of this age.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Quite a long and lingering finish. It's perfectly balanced: full, sweet, a tad acidic and hardly bitter. It's both warming on spices (allspice) but fresh on tropical fruit and vanilla. The wood influence is very good here: it's present but not overpowering.

  4. stefsel111 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  5. GJR scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  6. hans1971 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Tasted during the Inchgower III tasting of WCY on 14-10-2017
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  7. Hvdree scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  8. JacobaEd scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

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