Berrys' Own Selection

Inchgower

1980

ABV 46%
REVIEWED Issue 61, Issue 62
Specifications
Brand: Inchgower, Berrys' Own Selection
Expression: 1980
Type: Scotland Whisky / Single Malt
Age: No Age Statement
ABV: 46%
Country/Region: Scotland / Speyside
Bottling type: Independent Bottling
Bottled by: Berry Bros. & Rudd
Awards
Recommended
Issue 61
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Inchgower Distillery, Buckie, Banffshire, Moray, Speyside, Scotland
Taster   Arthur Motley
Nose: Fruit cake mix with cherries, ginger, prune syrup, tangerine and treacle toffee. Coffee and demerara sugar.
Palate: Gingerbread, smoked venison, prunes in Armagnac. Nice, broad mouth-coating texture on the tongue.
Finish: Traces of burnt, pork crackling.
Comment: Cracking whisky led by an intense relationship with its sherry cask.
8.5
Taster   Dave Broom
Nose: Deeply sherried. Like being plunged into a deep, dank, autumn wood. Liquorice and cold Darjeeling tea coupled with wet wool/leather. More sulphur with water. Funky and mature.
Palate: Rich and not as tannic as the nose suggests. Nutty, rich and mellow. Good depth.
Finish: Treacle toffee.
Comment: A big powerful bruiser.
7.8
Taster   Dave Broom
Nose: Plenty of stone fruit and vanilla. A Viognier like fleshy peachiness as well as a certain oiliness, but it's peaches from a parallel universe. Fruit, Jim, but not quite as we know it. Mature, with a flor-like nuttiness. Yeasty. It's all intriguingly odd.
Palate: Great age on show here, manages to balance the oak with a toffee-ed depth.
Finish: Nut shell.
Comment: Just lacks a little length. Not as pure as the 74, but I like its weirdness.
7.8
Taster   Arthur Motley
Nose: Both jammy and meaty, think of venison and redcurrant jelly. Water turned it a bit grubby, but this note settled to become like an earthy, forest floor. Some sweet, wine-like fruitness is there too.
Palate: Sweet and jammy, then drying.
Finish: Tannic, with a dry and husky, aftertaste like you get when you chew peated barley.
Comment: Choose the 1974 over this one, although if you are a fan of sherry cask led malt this may be your thing.
7.3
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