1991 Invergordon 26 Year Old "Old Particular" K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Grain Scotch Whisky (750ml)

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Invergordon is a grain distillery situated north of Inverness on the Cormarty Firth. They've specialized in production of grain whisky for blends, but like so many things in whisky, with a little time comes greatness. We've snagged this cask of 26 year old grain whisky to showcase just how complex single grain can be on its own. It is the kind of dram you can come back to over and over again and pick apart the intricacies that only two and a half decades in cask can provide. Think of this like over-proofed, over-aged bourbon, but for under $100 bucks and without the intense tannin that comes from decades in heavily charred new oak.

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Staff Image By: Will Blakely | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/13/2018 | Send Email
This really changed my perception of the power and complexity of grain whiskies. Though not as intense as its single-malt counterparts in the region, this barrel from Invergordon showed tremendous depth from the first sip. Sticky sweet on the nose with pleasant herbal freshness, the whisky exploded on the palate. The grains' sweetness only served to temper the tremendous weight of rich, buttery toffee and savory earth. Licorice and spice lingered and mingled with dark fruit and a citrus edge that kept the texture fresh rather than stifling. I could not stop coming back to this dram, as each sip revealed unexplored depths. Extraordinarily satisfying for the price.

Staff Image By: Miles Philippe | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/13/2018 | Send Email
A lovely, sweet vanilla nose is the first thing that greets you in this Scotch! Honey comes second, followed by baked pears glazed in sugar fresh out of the oven with some nutmeg on top. The texture is soft and enveloping; as if you bundled up in a great big blanket made out velvety gold. The finish leaves notes of marzipan, caramel, dark honey, and baking spices that bid you farewell like old friends; one of those goodbyes that take half an hour and that no one wants to end.

Staff Image By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/12/2018 | Send Email
I used to look at Single Grain like Single Malt light. Great values and solid whiskies, but never with the oomph I was craving until they were 40+ years old. But my views on single grain have been amended in the past few years as I got more experience enjoying the delicate subtleties of our single cask selections. It's one thing to taste a determine that these whiskies valuable and saleable, it's quiet another to sit down and drink a bottle over the course of a few days, weeks or months. I do find that that's what it takes for me to become intimate with a whisky and while it's easy to tell good from bad whisky in a tasting environment, I consider an open bottle in the shelf a long term relationship. Like any relationship it evolves. I've found my relationship with this category evolving as well. While it's undeniable that Single Malt is king, it's really hard to argue that for those who crave a nuanced and long term relationship with their tipple of choice, Single Grain offers a lot of benefits. The first thing about this Invergordon, like many great single grains, is that the first nosing is pleasant and appealing, but never grabs hold of you like a big bold Islay or chewy Highlander. But, if you sit for a while and let the whisky come to you instead of forcing yourself onto what you believe it should be, there's so much more going on there. The easy going flavors of coconut and candied sugar evolve into a timid yet vibrant mixture of dried citrus, wet gravel, agave nectar, honeysuckle and vanilla flower. And despite all the very subtle listless aromas on the nose, the moment this stuff hits your lips, it explodes. Rich, buttery, warm and structured, there's absolutely nothing boring about this! Some of the citrus comes through as well the darker rock tone from the nose. Otherwise, we're moving more toward yellow plums and cream soda. Some cracked pepper and woodsy barrel spice keep it nice and dry, but I'd avoid putting any more than the tiniest drop of water here just to open up the nose. This is esoterica for the masses, opaque, in need of a bit of teasing to open up, but with just the right amount of life to keep you coming back.

Staff Image By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/12/2018 | Send Email
K&L has championed single grain whisky for a long time. Every time we have a new cask land, this approach is reaffirmed. It's an incredibly affordable alternative to single malt and offers a unique look at impressive age statements without breaking the bank. My favorite thing about old grain is the slightly tropical, often coconut, notes that develop around the 20-25 year mark. It's a lovely flavor and this bottle of Invergordon has it in spades. Not to mention all of the other complexity and nuance that develops in that kind of time frame. It's an array of vanilla and wood spice intermixed with fruits, nuts, and glazed donuts. It holds it's 55.5% proof perfectly. Drink it neat or with a drop of two of water to really open things up. An ice cube doesn't go too far if you like to cool things down. Hell, at this price, you can afford to mix it into your favorite version of a Horse's Neck. It's a perfect match with the spice of the ginger.

Staff Image By: Shaun Green | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/12/2018 | Send Email
When a single grain Scottish whisky hits it right, the experience is incredible. The Invergordon 26 definitely hits the mark. Very smooth and creamy texture even at full proof, it opens and becomes more fruity and honeyed. Non peaty and extremely high quality whisky with age, elegance and power - and at an extremely attractive price. Don't let the single grain designation throw you, it's fantastic! What's not to like here...
Top Value!

Staff Image By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/7/2018 | Send Email
Single barrel cask strength grain whiskeys have been very popular at K&L. This selection of Invergordon is a good reason why. It is soft , mature and mellow. Without water the nose is reserved and opens up with a splash of water showing pretty floral and caramel aromas. Without water, in the mouth it is reserved again, but really opens up with some water becoming creamy with subtle soft spice. Interesting and easy the Invergordon is worth taking a look at.

Additional Information:

Varietal:

Malt

Country:

Scotland

Alcohol Content (%): 55.5