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1988 Invergordon 27 Year Old Sovereign K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Grain Whisky (750ml)

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Fresh off our most recent delivery are two new single barrels of Invergordon, a Whyte & Mackay Highland grain distillery that sits along the waters of the Cromarty Firth north of Inverness. For those of you who still can't wrap your heads around grain whisky, just imagine Bourbon distilled to a higher proof and aged like single malt in various types of refill barrels. It's basically high proof, column still whisky made from corn, wheat, or unmalted barley that's pumped out in mass quantities to mix into blended Scotch. Because of that rather dubious reputation for quality, prices for grain whisky remain low. But because of our extensive tasting and sampling in the genre, we've learned that very old grain whiskies. This 27 year old is textbook grain whisky, nothing more and nothing less. It's fruity and round on the entry with a soft mouthfeel and a lovely note of vanilla on the finish. It's no frills, no fuss whisky. It's just flat out delicious.

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Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/26/2016 | Send Email
To Scotland's far north, between Inverness and Brora, lies the Invergordon distillery, along the waters of the Cromarty Firth. This 27 year old single cask of Invergordon whisky is like Scotch bourbon in a sense--distilled from corn on a column still, but aged in used oak rather than new charred oak, and matured in a cool climate, rather than the flux of hot and cold experienced in Kentucky. This Invergordon has bold flavors of vanilla and toasted nuts with an accent of spice on the finish that rises with the glow from the higher proof. It's a whisky that's practically begging for ice (and a glass, of course).

Staff Image By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/26/2016 | Send Email
This is the most subtle and reserved of the three single casks of Grain from this year. Light, fresh and open, slight herbal notes, medium-strong vanilla, an open easy-drinking style that can be appreciated by even the most novice of Scotch drinkers, yet will satisfy the hardened few. The palate is fresh apples and a slight note of varnish. There's definitely that corny quality on the nose you'd expect in a bourbon yet without any of the charry sweet notes. After all, this is made from nearly 100% corn with just a dash of malted barley. This is honestly exactly what I imagine a distilled bourbon mash left in refill casks would taste like after 27 years.

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Alcohol Content (%): 48.8