The second release of Inchgower from That Boutique-y Whisky Co, this has been matured for 17 years.
A distillery that largely goes into the blenders (Bells historically and now Johnnie Walker), Inchgower is mostly seen through independent bottlers.
A pretty classic example of the distillery, fresh cut grass and fennel spice with softer vanilla sponge cake on the palate and a clean, dark chocolate finish.
The themes and references behind Inchgower label might be a bit hard to figure out, until you realise the word 'Inchgower' comes from the Scots Gaelic for 'Island Of Goats'. There's also a 'Goat Island' in the middle of Niagra falls, hence why you can see Canadian ice wine vines across the divide.
From the bottlers:
"You've heard of bird-watching. Well now, there's goat-watching. You might think that there is just one type of goat - the kind that chew on tins - but you'd be wrong. There's alpine goats, pygmy goats, saanen goats, mountain goats, The Mountain Goats, boer goats, rove go... What? Oh, yes, look in wonder upon our very handsome bottling of Inchgower!
"This excellent single malt from the Speyside reason features a goat on the label, which looks like an adult male kiko goat judging from the horns and [Editor's note: our writer continued writing about goats for about three hours after this, so we cut it off here. Just look at the whisky. It's nice.]."
- Single Malt