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Inchgower 14 Year Old

Average score from 2 reviews and 6 ratings 85

Inchgower 14 Year Old

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  • Brand: Inchgower
  • Bottler: Distillery Bottling
  • Series: Flora & Fauna
  • ABV: 43.0%
  • Age: 14 year old

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Inchgower 14 Year Old

Around 99% of the production from Inchgower is meant for the blending industry, so you will not encounter this malt easily in official bottlings. There are a Manager’s Dram a two Rare Malts, but we try the easily obtainable one, the Inchgower 14 Year Old in the so-called Flora & Fauna series.

The nose is quite fresh and fruity. Think apples – make those cider apples – gooseberries and pineapple. Loads of breakfast cereals too. This is nice.

The palate is mild with some lemongrass and pepper, joined by citrus (think lemon and lime), some ginger and a touch of oak. Mildly drying.

That drying effect continues in the rather short finish.

A lovely spring whisky, no more, no less.


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.

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.

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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