We’ve had lots of old Invergordon bottlings but this is the first Invergordon 1974. It was bottled by a Taiwanese bottlers called The Whisky Blues. It comes from a refill sherry butt, which is not very common.
Invergordon 44 yo 1974 (46,5%, The Whisky Blues 2018, refill butt #29, 250 btl.)
Nose: a very balanced grain, with roasted pineapple, hints of creamy coconut but also milk chocolate, raisins and nutty notes from the sherry butt. Some honeyed notes and hints of butter pastry. Whiffs of passion fruit. No chemical notes that you sometimes find in grain whisky, just great.
Mouth: tinned pineapple and coconut again, soft leathery notes, mint and vanilla cake. Sweet almonds and raisins. Butterscotch too.
Finish: medium long, a bit drier now, more towards bourbon whiskey, with fruity echoes, latte and marzipan.
Very mild and velvety grain whisky, rounded by its age but also by the cask, I suppose. Great balance. Among the best grains I’ve had, actually.