A single grain whisky from the Invergordon distillery, bottled by Wu Dram Clan.
Aged for five and a half decades in an ex-Bourbon hogshead, this was distilled December 1965 and bottled June 2021.
This cask yielded 228 bottles at a natural cask strength of 40% abv.
Grain whisky at this age can be a real treat; a fact that more and more whisky lovers are beginning to cotton on to. Expect plenty of bright tropical fruit notes.
Distibutor's Tasting Notes:
Nose: Very bright and gentle. The generic coconut notes seem to have evaporated after all these years, here I find more ripe bananas, tinned pineapples and guavas, with marzipan and fresh citrus. Minty notes. Natural vanilla. Hints of cellulose varnish, nicely integrated. Hints of fragrant sandalwood and caramelized nuts. There’s a great rummy side to it as well.
Palate: Lacking the thick, creamy side that you often get in grains, but not weak. Fresh citrus, dried ginger, still some pineapple notes. Pleasant sour notes which make it brighter. Hints of ‘pencil liqueur’ (let’s hope it doesn’t exist), which means you get an oaky touch but in a sweet and rounded way. Almonds and a hint of white pepper in the end.
Finish: Surprisingly long, with bananas, nutmeg and a pinch of pepper. This is a surprisingly fresh senior, kind of a rum and grain mix-up. The underlying sweetness keeps the wood at bay and brings along a Caribbean character.
Invergordon is a grain distillery in the highlands, which is owned by Whyte & Mackay. It goes into a number of blends throughout Scotland.
The Wu Dram Clan came about when three whisky fanatics from around the world happened to meet on Islay and formed a lifelong friendship. The group consists of Takesado from Japan, Boris from Munich, and Sebastian from the Black Forest, Germany. Each of the founding members brings a unique skillset to the table and all adhere to the philosophy that what matters entirely is "the content of the bottle. We have made it our goal to bottle only selected spirits. We stand for quality and sensory perception."
- Single Grain