Another Invergordon, this time much older. It was distilled in 1972 and bottled in 2011 in Duncan Taylor’s Rare Auld series.
Invergordon 38 yo 1972 (45,5%, Duncan Taylor Rare Auld 2011, cask #85255, 163 btl.)
Nose: vanilla cream and grated coconut. Mashed bananas and maybe ripe apricot. Hints of buttered popcorn. Other than the fact that this is fairly dry on the nose (due to more oak shavings aromas), the notes are similar to other grain whisky from different ages. Invergordon 1988 is practically the same for instance.
Mouth: very sweet, very liqueur-like. Orange syrup, vanilla syrup, pineapple sweets, bananas and hints of papaya. Its a mixture of Caribbean rum, American whiskey and a few drops of Irish whiskey. A decent amount of wood which gives this one a very light soapy edge.
Finish: long, with the same holy trinity of vanilla, coconut and powder sugar.
It’s not that I don’t like grain whisky for a change, but a blog with only grain whisky would be utterly boring. Or utterly consistent. Similarly aged bottlings are now around € 250 or more.