Kintra has three new bottlings: a 6 years old Aultmore, a 15 years old Auchentoshan and this Inchgower 1990. Nice to see they’re going against the flow: these expressions don’t seem to be very popular among bottlers these days.
Inchgower 23 yo 1990 (48,3%, Kintra 2013, bourbon hogshead #6746, 108 btl.)
Nose: starts creamy with hints of almond milk. Or coconut water? Moves towards nougat and soft vanilla. Then green tea with citrus. Overall quite subdued, you need to work in order to get the flavours out.
Mouth: creamy and very sweet, as if someone added powder sugar. Other than that, a bit silent again. Malty flavours, sweet lemon and pear. Some vanilla. Goes on with marzipan and a kind of vague fruitiness. In the end a bitter edge from the oak sets in.
Finish: medium long, sweet like lemonade, with pepper and other spices from the oak.
A mixed bag. The hints of tropical sweetness are charming, but it lacks focus and depth. The nose was the best part. Kudos to Kintra for presenting something different. Around € 105.