Inchgower 33 yo 1980/2013 (52.6%, Malts of Scotland for W-D info, sherry hogshead, cask #MoS 13069, 189 bottles)
This one was bottled exclusively for my friends at the ‘French forum’,
that is to say whisky-distilleries.info and its webmaster the very
excellent Jean-Marie Putz. Colour: dark amber. Nose: it’s true that the
sherry and the gunpowder that comes with this type of cask are filtering
out a part of the fruitiness that was to be found in the 1982s, but on
the other hand, they dance well together. All that means more cigars,
leaves, cured ham, damp earth and just hints of truffle oil. With water:
it became very tertiary, between a very old balsamic vinegar and a
high-end sangria (perhaps.) Mouth (neat): the zesty fruits are having
the upper hand this time, and that fruitiness is rather unusual, that is
to say more tropical, so to speak. Tamarind, cranberries, overripe
papayas… Fun palate, very faintly sour, not unlike some eaux-de-vie.
Also the obligatory raisins. With water: works a treat. It became
smoother, with more fresh fruits, raisins, dates… and a drop of sangria.
Olé! (oh come on, S.!) Finish: of medium length, very fruity, fresher
than expected. A lovely aftertaste on ripe peaches. Comments: loved the
ripe peaches. This baby loves water, which isn’t always the case with
heavily sherried whiskies. SGP:651 - 87 points.