Blind Tasting Competition day 16: Inchmurrin 1974, 47% – Cadenhead’s Cask Ends

At the moment of writing I’ve just finished today’s dram (by now, yesterday’s) and have no idea what it is yet. I just want to get the boring bit of the blogpost (the tasting notes) out of the way so in the morning I can actually spend some time with the kids before they go to daycare.

Depending on last night’s reveal I might just drop like a brick in the rankings, or I might go up a bit. I think I’ve made a fairly accurate guess, otherwise I wouldn’t have made it. It’s interesting how bad I am at this, and maybe I need to change the way I try whiskies.

Ever since I started trying massive amounts of whiskies I just tried individual drams and saw whether or not I like them. I never really kept track of how a particular distillery profile evolves, or how drams compare to other whiskies of the same distillery. Not in depth at least. Apparently, other people do that way more and score way higher in the BTC, which (in a way) is fine.

I wish I was better at it, but it would make tasting whiskies quite a bit harder, I think. As in, now I can just have a dram and scribble some tasting notes. The other way I have to compare things, have a benchmark whisky that more or less sits in the middle of spice, fruits, wood, alcohol, and others scents and flavors.

It would mean, in a way, to start taking it a lot more serious. I’m not sure whether or not I like that. It might make for better tasting notes because you set your palate before trying anything, and also wash out any remaining flavors from dinner, a snack or anything that might interfere with what you’re about to taste.

On the other hand, I like to keep things simple and write whether or not I like a whisky and what it tastes like to me. I don’t want to take this more serious than I absolutely have to, it’s just a drink after all. A very good drink with a serious amount of alcohol and a serious price tag. But a drink.

I’m looking for whiskies that I like, and want to buy. Whiskies that I like to drink on any regular night. Mix with that a few ridiculously awesome drams to have on special occasions and take to tastings with buddies here and there, and I’m set. Nothing hard or difficult. Just fun.

Anyway, I’m rambling. Tasting notes then. The part you skip when reading this post…

Really?

Really?

Sniff:
It’s strangely light and heavy. The lightness is sweet fruits like pear, apple and lychee. The heavy part consists of oak and leather. Also slightly grassy and Irish-like.

Sip:
The palate is light and slightly drying. Quite sharp compared to the nose, with a bit of a fatty feel to it too. Lots of fruit, lychee, pear. Quite sweet with soft white oak.

Swallow:
The finish has lots of fruit again, mostly sweet pear. Quite long.

My guess went towards Tomatin. It seems to fit the gentleness on the nose and finish, the load of fruit, and the slight heaviness at first. During writing this, I’m somehow also thinking about Inchmurrin, since people told me it is very fruity and not unlike some Irish whiskeys. It would also make sense for the heaviness since, in my mind Inchmurrin is a bit of a heavier whisky.

While I am considering changing my entry on the last moment (one minute to go), I also realize I won’t be able to load the site, change everything and press submit quickly enough, so I’m not even going to try. I probably should. Or not. Who knows.

Too late now…

Anyway, I really like this dram. I taste like a lower highlander, and I wouldn’t mind having a bottle of it. It’s very, very good. I guessed a 20 year old Tomatin of just above 50%.

Results:

FFFFuuuuu…. So it is Inchmurrin. Bloody hell. I still wouldn’t have guessed anywhere near the age this thing has. I am also incapable of wrapping my head around how this can all be in this competition. This is quite ridiculously awesome.

I’m seriously stunned by the 41 years old. Apart from the fact that I didn’t even know Inchmurrin existed for that long as a brand, it’s just insane to have a 41 year old whisky in a competition like this. It’s good, but not 41 years old by the taste of it. As in, there’s not thát much wood influence in it. Which is a good thing I guess.

Another great pick. Shame I only got 20 points.

Inchmurrin 1974-2015, 41 years old, 47%, Bourbon Barrel.

PS: When grabbing the image off the club’s website I saw that the organizer named this image ‘really’. I just imagine the question mark there, and it voices my exact thoughts.

About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm a web developer at Emakina. I'm highly interested in booze, with a focus on whisk(e)y. I like to listen to loads of music and read quite some books. I'm married to Anneke, have a daughter Ot, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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