Inverleven. Is that a distillery that anyone ever thinks about? “I wish I had another bottle of Inverleven to try”. “This Inverleven has gone up in price recently”. I don’t think so. This one, to my tasting notes and palate tastes like a 15 year old Clynelish, like the entire range that was released last year from 1997 distillate.
Is that a good thing? Far from it, regarding this competition. I am slowly sliding away from being anywhere near an acceptable level of points. Two days ago I was 10th or so, now I am 26th. Only one more day like this (probably today, if past results mean anything) and I’m in the bottom half of the competition.
Fairly closed at first with a certain refill bourbony feel to it. Spicy as well, but it opens up nicely. Full, oak, with a creamy scent of wax coats. Some glue in the background.
This one is pretty sharp. Pretty is an understatement. Quite a lot of alcohol with white pepper. Some creamy honey too, with oak, on a bitter level. It does get a little flowery at some point.
A lot of wax in the finish. A lot! It’s warming and slightly bitter.
Especially the waxiness sent me towards Clynelish. This dram felt rather familiar, but I happen to know that a lot of +/- 1997 Clynelishes are pretty similar, and this profile fits, from my point of view. Not too complex, but the flavours are pretty intens (and tasty).
By now you can start making a meme out of my face with the word “FAIL” below it. I might do so myself. Anyway, I was off in ABV, age and distillery and region. No points at all. Strangely enough, the ABV surprises me most. This was an intense dram and I guessed it WAY above 49.5% (58 to be precise). Kudos for Inverleven, less so for me.
Inverleven 24yo, 1987-2012, 49.5% – Cadenhead’s Closed Distilleries. Available in Germany for about € 125.