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Inchgower 28yo 1982/2010

(56.6%, Whisky Doris, Bourbon Hogshead, C#6971, 192 Bts.)
Average Score: 80
Bottle Profile
TypeScotch Single Malts (Disclosed Distilleries)
BottlerWhisky Doris
Brand NameInchgower
Year Distilled1982
Year Bottled2010
Alcohol By Volume56.6%
Other DetailsBourbon Hogshead
Cask Number#6971
Average Score80

Maniac Ratings
Johannes van den Heuvel75
Robert Karlsson88
Konstantin Grigoriadis72
Ho-cheng Yao85
Krishna Nukala69
Rich Howard72
David Wankel80
Oliver Klimek90
Ralf Mitchell80

Retired Maniac Ratings
Keith Wood85

Tasting Notes
Johannes van den HeuvelA little grainy with some citrussy and oily notes. The faintest hint of something peaty? Grows sharper after some breathing. It grows a little more complex with water - but not much. Oy... At cask strength, it's quite sharp on the palate - but flat at the same time. A thin finish - this cask must have been very tired...
Robert KarlssonSomewhat buttery vanilla and hints of raisin. Hm, very vague smoke? Candied fruits? Some lightly raspy maltiness too. Complex but a bit low in intensity perhaps. Very big taste. Surprisingly so! Mandarins? Citrus? More. Candied oranges. Intense excellent vanilla. So lively, white pepper also. With water more compact and a bit darker toffee. Clearly recommended.
Rich Howardinitially a fairly dusky and somewhat musty dram. after some time, some pears and vanilla tentatively emerge, but the nose never fully shakes that musty antique armoire with vintage neckties. the palate is unexpectedly sweet with caramel candies, and now i'm finding that on the nose as well. a drop of water releases a wash of musty wood, but that hint of caramel sweetness remains. the palate is on kind of a spicy rum raisin cake now...? summary: a strange, somewhat musty dram... oddly unsettling. [tasted blind for the 2011 Awards]