1995 Inchgower 20 Year Old Hepburn's Choice K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky (750ml)

SKU #1229464

Almost 100% of Inchgower's single malt whisky production goes into Johnnie Walker and Bell's blended whiskies, so the chance to taste a single, unblended cask of the Speyside facility's whisky was something we were definitely interested in. This sherry-aged beast of a malt should attract the attention of Mortlach and Blair Athol fans who have feasted on the dark, dense, meaty flavors of heavily-sherried casks we've purchased in the past. The richness of the Oloroso density is buffered by a strong note of earthy, savory, almost sulfury intensity; a brooding character that becomes more and more powerful as the 57.5% ABV begins to cut through all that sweetness. It eventually reaches a crescendo and the nuttiness of the sherry appears to take you through the finish. It's not Glendronach, it's not quite Glenfarclas, and it's definitely not Macallan; it's just Inchgower. Welcome to the new king of sherry-aged monsters.

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By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/18/2016 | Send Email
The Inchgower offers aromas of dried fruits and an inviting richness. In the mouth it is rich and soft with the sherry barrel aging showing itself in a way that is balanced and pretty. This single malt is a pleasure to drink and offers chance to try a distillery that is rarely seen here.

By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/15/2016 | Send Email
Inchgower is a magical distillery that we don't see very often. Representing one of the most esoteric styles come out of Speyside, it's not producing a fine, easy little spirit. Instead, the distillery tends to produce more robust and complex whiskies, and when we find one that's not too over-the-top weird, we definitely jump on it. Here we have a wonderful example of this special whisky in a fabulous first fill sherry butt. Absolutely distinct, yet so familiar, this is the real deal. Sweet dried fruit on the nose, pointed with complex aromatics of fresh moss, ginseng, dried herbs, and supple sherry flavors. On the palate, the considerable alcohol (57.5%) is completely lost behind nutty fudge, bright ginger, and a wonderful orange citrus note. No sherry bomb by any means, but an incredibly balanced and drinkable whisky that just DESTROYS its price point. An absolute gem that everyone will regret not snatching up when they had the chance.

By: Olivia Ragni | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/15/2016 | Send Email
Another lovely single malt from a distillery with no official bottling. The Inchgower is great for fans of Sherry influenced whisky. Rich flavors of chocolate, caramel, coffee and vanilla come across on both the nose and palate. The texture is rich but not oily, with oak spice and notes of dried dates, oranges and raisins. This bottle oozes complexity with its rich Oloroso sherry influence and 20 year age, I’m shocked at the under $100 price tag.

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Alcohol Content (%): 57.5