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Finally, this is cask #6964, meaning I have now tried four casks from the same series. Quite unique, I must say. This Inchgower was also distilled on 30th June 1982, but A.D. Rattray kept the cask for a little longer than Bladnoch Forum or MoS. They bottled it on 29th October 2012, making it a 30 Year Old Inchgower. The level of alcohol suggests cask strength.
Woodsmoke, farmer butter, caramel, candied sugar, toffee, butterscotch, this is a sweet one! The herbal and floral sides emerge soon, as well. Potpourri, for example. Sweet malt. Thyme and mint. Pinch of salt. Stewed apples. Cinnamon. I quite like this. Evolves slowly but surely towards nuts. Peanuts, in fact. Adding water makes it green and spicy, if you know what I mean.
On the palate, it is very sharp and spicy. Ginger, curry, mustard, thyme. Make that Cajun spices. It drowns out any fruit, making this one less sweet and seemingly unbalanced. Add water to add sweetness.
The finish is nicely long and warm, spicy and gently fades on the sweetness of the nose.
The odd one out in this quartet of casks. The nose and the palate appear to be from two different whiskies. Nevertheless very entertaining and interesting.