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Inchgower 14 Year Old

Salt and spice

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@UisgebethaReview by @Uisgebetha

3rd Nov 2014


Inchgower 14 Year Old
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Located on the coast of the speyside region this distillery produces a salty appetising spirit that deserves to be appreciated more widely in my opinion.

This particular expression forms part of Diageo’s Flora and Fauna range so christened by the late Michael Jackson for the range of Scottish wildlife portrayed on the labels. Inchgower has an oyster catcher on the label which is quite apt.

The aroma is quite savoury in theme, not sure how something can smell salty, but there is more than a whiff of sea air in the nose. There are some more usual speyside notes too including vanilla, apple, and some white wine.

The mouth feel is unexpectedly full, salty and spicy. The spice is a rich combination of ginger like heat, cinnamon and coriander (seeds). The spicy flavours if anything improve through the finish with a salty dryness towards the end.

This dram is a perfect aperitif before something hot and spicy, curry or chilli.

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Lars commented

Great review, had a chance to try this a few months back and loved it. Hopefully I'll get a couple bought over in the new year.

9 years ago 0

Uisgebetha commented

Thanks for the feedback, I know it's not to everyone's taste (Jim Murray gave it 77) but I like it and i'm glad you do to. It's a bit different to other speysides, more like a coastal highland or island malt.

9 years ago 0

jerryclyde commented

I was preparing to write a review of this malt, but after reading your comments I really can't think of a thing to add. I think you are spot on with your description and analysis and agree with you that this is quite an enjoyable dram. I really liked its coastal character. I gave it a score of 86, so even our scoring is similar.

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sailorman commented

Almost 8 years after your post, I can confirm your notes. Just cracked open a bottle. Yes, some kind of fruit (apple) and saltiness. A nice summer dram.

about one year ago 1Who liked this?

jerryclyde commented

sailorman, thanks for your entry. Seems like our similar tastes with this malt might somehow be related to the fact that I, like you, have a degree in geography with an emphasis in cultural geography. Also, crazy about maps.

about one year ago 3Who liked this?