Nestled snugly amongst the majestic and breath-taking Scottish Highlands, you’ll find many hidden gems. One such hidden gem is the town of Invergordon.
Invergordon is a secluded, yet extremely beautiful part of Scotland, and has recently been brought to the public’s attention as a result of being home to the ‘World’s Strongest Brothers’ – Former Europe’s Strongest Man Luke Stoltman and defending 2 x World’s Strongest Man Tom Stoltman.
So then, it seems fitting that a town with strong connections should require strong tastes and as you can’t mention the Highlands and not talk about whisky, we’re going to learn more about a strong and flavourful whisky from Invergordon Distillery today.
Greatdrams.com are proud to present their Invergordon 20 Year Old Single Cask Single Grain Whisky.
Despite being a fairly new distillery, having “only” been founded back in 1960, Invergordon Distillery has quickly established itself as a mainstay in the world of whisky distillation.
Having been established by Invergordon Distillers Ltd and having been in operation since 1961, the distillery, which was absorbed into Whyte & Mackay in 1993, was established with the goal of becoming a large-scale grain whisky production site. This is somewhat ironic in that Invergordon and the surrounding area is more closely associated with malt distilling. Nevertheless, the distillery itself produces some of the finest grain whisky on the face of the earth.
Each year, thanks to the 4 stills on the site, the distillery produces around 36,000,000 litres of spirit.
Great Drams’ Invergordon 20 Year Old Single Grain
Distilled in 2002, and bottled in 2022, Great Drams’ Invergordon 20 Year Old is a truly special whisky, and it has the awards to prove it. Their very first bottling came from Invergordon Distillery, and it also happened to pick them up their very first award (of many).
With so much emphasis placed on single-malt whisky, it’s refreshing to find a whisky that argues the case that grain whisky can be every bit as appealing as malt whisky, if done correctly.
Limited to just 150 – 300 50cl bottles globally and aged in ex-cherry casks, this is a surprisingly soft and smooth whisky, despite its 48.2% ABV.
The whisky is non-chill filtered and has an amazing, all-natural amber copper colour. It makes a great sipper with an ice cube or two, or will provide a delicious new take on classic whisky cocktails such as an Old Fashioned, or a North Sea Oil.
Okay, we’ve probably hyped up the Invergordon 20 Year Old Single Grain enough now, so let’s get to the good stuff and get onto the tasting profile of this stunning wee dram.
On the nose you instantly get creamy toffee and fudge notes, coupled with plump juicy winter berries and candied orange peel and cinnamon. Hiding way in the background, the keenest of noses should be able to pick up the tiniest of tiny traces of toasted oak smoke.
On the palate, you will straight away be able to detect vanilla notes, with warm winter spices, freshly toasted fruity teacakes lathered in butter, and more winter fruits with just a hint of bonfire toffee.
The finish is smooth and lingers, providing crisp blackberry, pineapple, and cherry notes, vanilla ice cream, and cloves.