...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.
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...
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.
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.