Invergordon

   

Invergordon (single grain) distillery is located in Invergordon and as I have already suggested, it is a single grain as opposed to single malt distillery.

Invergordon was founded in 1961 by Invergordon Distillers Ltd who expanded the distillery two years later in 1963 by installing a second pair of Coffey stills.

1978 Saw further expansion with the installation of a new and larger Coffey still with extra columns.

 
 

In 1988 Invergordon was subject to a management buyout and then in 1990 Invergordon was launched as a single grain bottled whisky, rather than just being used as a base for blended whisky.

Whyte & Mackay took over Invergordon in 1993 and are now part of Vijay Mallya's Empire.

 

My thanks to Teun van Wel for permission to copy & use the distillery photos

General whisky characteristics: Aromatic, light, perfumed, floral

 

 

 

 

 

Berry Brothers, Invergordon,  Single Grain, 1971-2009, 48% ABV

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Glass: Munich Whisky Festival 2010

Colour: Light, sparkling yellow gold

Nose: Extremely aromatic and floral with some perfume, newly sawn wood and just a touch of lavendar. With time, the nose opens even more.

Palate: Initially very creamy and smooth, then spreading right across the palate with a floral explosion which continues on and on and on, then fades suddenly. Whilst this floral explosion encompasses the palate, a rather unique freshness cuts straight through the centre of the palate.

Finish: Long and floral before ending suddenly.

Overall Impression: Marvellous! I love this single grain from Invergordon and that floral explosion with the unique freshness is exactly that; unique.

   
     

Bladnoch Forum bottling, Invergordon,  Single Grain, 1971, 35y, 49.5% ABV

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Nose: The nose of an olde-worlde sweet shop. Nothing in packaging, just different sweet aromas all muxed-ip together.

Palate: Not quite so creamy as the other grains and certainly not as sweet as my summary of the nose suggests. It is almost a mixture of nuts and wine, with just a little hint of redcurrant and maybe even banana.

Overall Impression: This is quite different again, but I think I like it and want to return to it.

   
 

 

SMWS, Invergordon,  Single Grain, G5.3, 18y, 65.6% ABV

Distilled May 1993, one of 246 bottles

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"Dram-atics" live review

 
 

Glass: Classic Malt

Colour: Rich amber

Nose: Fruity furniture polish, maybe even freshly polished brass. This settles very quickly to bring the fruitiness to the fore with orange (zest) infused butterscotch. Is that a suggestion of rum too?

Palate: Everything I identified on the nose just exploded across the palate, marvellous, just marvellous, especially that orange infused butterscotch.

With 4 Drops of water: It just gets better and better.

Finish: Very long with creamy butterscotch

Overall Impression: Fantastic, nay a "Great" as this is just so good.

   
 

 

Riverstown, Invergordon,  Single Grain, 30y, 64.3% ABV

Distilled Oct. 1984, bottled August 2015

Cask Ref. 2015-44, bottle 270 of 276

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Glass: Classic Malt

Colour: Deep shiny oak

Nose: My first impression here is of the oakiness of the cask, but wait, what's that in the background? Could it be some mintiness? Spearmint even? But the over-riding aroma is of that oakiness which isn't a bad thing.

Palate: This is mouth-coating. It's rich with woodiness almost to the point of being chewy. There's also some freshness on the palate but not the mintiness of the nose.

With 3 Drops of water: Much more intense now and the palate offers a suggestion of smoky toffee.

Finish: Medium length

Overall Impression: I love the woody freshness.

   
 

 

Whisky Doris, Invergordon,  Single Grain, 43y, 49% ABV

Distilled Dec. 1972, bottled Sept. 2016

Bourbon Barrel No.31, bottle 154 of 241

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Glass: Classic Malt

Colour: Oak with a hint of copper

Nose: Lots of typical grain qualities here with butterscotch and apricot, but wait a minute, there's also something light and floral in the background which is reminiscent of hyacinth.

Palate: Creamy butterscotch with just a hint of banana. It's just very woody and fruity, luvverlee.

Finish: Very long and repeating ... nice.

Overall Impression: A slightly difficult palate to determine exactly but I still love it. A 'Great', just.

   
 

 

Locomotive Breath, Invergordon,  Single Grain, 1972, 43y, 49.4% ABV

Typical cost of this bottle; Unknown

 
 

Glass: Classic Malt

Colour: Oak with a hint of copper

Nose: This is nicely fruity with suggestions of banana and something exotic, perhaps maracuja. It also has a freshness which is difficult to place as it's also almost floral at the same time.

Palate: Everything from the nose is present on the palate but it's also very dry.

Finish: Medium length and very floral.

Overall Impression: A little different but really enjoyable.

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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