Single Grain Scotch Whisky Review
Invergordon 2007 Single Cask
11 Year Old
Single Grain Scotch Whisky
From the Distillery Website
Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt
Nose: Initially quite delicate and then lots of vanilla with some spicy cinnamon notes.
Palate: In a word, creamy, in three words, very extremely creamy, but there are also floral honeyed notes layered with ginger and warm spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg.
Finish: Long finish with a peppery kick at the end.
Overall: Decadently creamy grain whisky.
We haven't reviewed many single grain whiskies on our channel or website, so todays review will correct that and spoilers, this one is pretty great.
A Masters of Malt exclusive bottle, no longer available in the full size, samples, like the one we reviewed are still available for £4.50 each, link to the whisky is available over on the left of this page. The whisky is the Invergordon 2007 vintage 11 Year Old Single Cask and Single Grain Scotch Whisky.
It retailed for £53.95 when it was available. It is 11 year old, natural colour and non chill filtered. Bottled at very hot 65.3% ABV. We don't usually value score limited whiskies, but when we looked at the figures we knew this one was worth calculating, it came out at 100 out of 100 for value. But value needs to be clarified with how it tastes, after all there is no point in it being a great buy but taste like something you would clean your drains with.
On the nose, it starts quite delicate, but the alcohol isn't delicate, nose singeing and don't linger too long else your nasal hairs won't be the only thing burnt. When it allows, the nose, it does reveal itself to be floral with vanilla cream with some ginger spice, very reminiscent of a ginger vanilla butter cream sitting atop a dunkin donut.
On the palate, wowzers, the alcohol presents itself like a vicious attack dog and if that wasnt enough it is quickly followed up the spices more liken to a wild Yorkshire Terrier nipping at your extremities. The spice isn't as ferocious as the the James Eadie Caol Ila we review last time, but its close enough, there is ginger and cinnamon, it has pepper elements also.
Canine analogies aside, the flavour is a slightly citrus vanilla cream, not quite as delicate as the nose would suggest, it has a fantastic level of sweetness from the grain which helps to provide a barrier to the alcohol and spice. The texture is oily and viscous which gives extra susbstance and dimension to the vanilla cream. There is oak bitterness on the finish and a dank musty quality which adds to the experience.
Even with water added the alchol is still adding to the experience, but on the nose all the notes are intensified. On the palate, more oak and more bittness appears, but we also now get more bourbon influence and bourbon notes. It is a really very tasty dram. This is the closest we have got to a bourbon, without being a bourbon.
It would be great to know what grain was used in this whisky.
Whilst this bottle is out of stock, we very much enjoyed the experience and the taste, we would definitely buy a bottle and cask strength grain whisky is very much something we want to try more off. If we were to give it an overall score, it would be around 88-89 out of 100, we can't quite decide.