Apparently a sizable batch of Invergordon casks has been released from the warehouses of Martin Armstrong. A while ago he released a few on his own WhiskyBroker label, and one was bottled for Whiskybase, for their database containing 70,000 whiskies.
Now, WhiskyNerds, a small Dutch bottler run by club buddies Bram van Glabbeek and Floris Kooistra has come out. It has been released on the Dutch market and is only available in a few selected shops. Shops that Floris and Bram have good relations with.
So, another 43 year old Invergordon, which is a nice way of comparing between the Whiskybase one and this one.
Sweet with a definite character of corn of wheat. With the way grain whisky is distilled, it’s hard to taste since most of the flavors are distilled out of the spirit. But, a real grain character nonetheless. A bit of sharp spices with black pepper and ginger. Fresh peach. It gets slightly dusty after a while.
The palate is gentle, sweet and quite grain like. Also a bit drying, but rather rich. Again, slightly spicy, and slightly fruity. Peach and pepper.
The finish mellows quickly and mostly the grain flavors remain. There’s a bit of sweetness from it, and the pepper lingers in the background too.
It’s interesting to see two whiskies that are so similar but taste quite different. They are literally sister casks (this is 13-05, and the Whiskybase one is 13-04). Where that one focuses on grain, pastry and honey, this one is slightly more fruity and way more spicy.
I prefer the spicy one, so it seems. Maybe because this one is a bit less sweet, and has a tad more depth to it. But, as with many grain whiskies, it gets its goodness and tastiness in a rather simple way. There aren’t many layers or much complexity to discover. Still, really tasty stuff!
Invergordon 43yo, 1972-2016, cask 13-05, 49.8%, WhiskyNerds. Available in some shops in The Netherlands for around € 170
Thanks to the WhiskyNerds for a sample!