Single malt whisky - tasting notes

22 Sep 2012

Inchgower 1980 (Whisky Agency)

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in Inchgower

Sometimes a whisky can really make you question yourself… am I missing something here? Sometimes it just isn’t made for you.


Inchgower 1980 Sea Life TWAInchgower 1980 (52%, The Whisky Agency ‘Sea Life’ 2012, refill sherry butt, 456 btl.)

Nose: quite a vegetal nose. Oxtail stock, rancid butter, stale water, organics… rubber, even a sulphury veil. Improves with airing, and opens up towards nutty notes and prunes. Then also fresher notes, some gooseberries and figs. In the end it totally fails to win me over , it stays on the beefy side and doesn’t reach a nice balance. Mouth: thicker, more sherried. Lots of dark, medium bitter chocolate. A dash of herbal liqueur and a certain oaky sourness. Molasses. Light salt as well. Some sulphur. Not as pleasant as the bourbon version from the 1980’s. Finish: medium length, slightly burnt, or so it seems. Again a bit salty.

When was the last time a TWA release had me wondering what to think of it, pour it back into the sample bottle to retry the next day, only to make me scratch my head even more? In fact, was there a last time for that? I spent more time with this one than other releases, but I still don’t get it. Around € 150.

Score: 72/100

Inchgower 1980 (Whisky Agency) 1.5 Ruben Luyten 2012-09-22



October 2015
« Sep    

  • Tony: The Brora at 1500 Euros seems to recognise that last years similarly priced just hasn't sold, so no increase there (and even a slight drop). Then agai
  • kallaskander: Hi there, I remember that Bacardi said all the Last Great Malts would carry an age statement. Which is true. I thought they promised they would all b
  • WhiskyNotes: It looks like this will not be part of the official selection this year. Maybe an upcoming standalone release.

Coming up

  • Bunnahabhain 1987 (Maltbarn)
  • Glen Garioch 1993 (Maltbarn)
  • Royal Brackla 16 Year Old
  • Teeling 26yo Vintage Reserve
  • Kavalan Podium

1894 notes by Ruben

WhiskyNotes - Ruben LuytenThis blog is my personal collection of impressions, written while searching for the ultimate single malt whisky.