I love this stop on the Whisky Tour as I love older Single Grain whiskies and the “Lamington” Girvan from last year was one of my favorites of the 1st edition.
Today we head to the Highlands of Scotland to a distillery that was founded in 1959. Invergordon is currently the only Grain Distillery that is not in the Lowlands of Scotland. It is owned presently by Whyte & Mackay. Utilizing several Coffey Still’s Invergordon gets it water from Loch Glass and interestingly is not a member of the Scotch Whisky Association.
Invergordon Distillery Archives
For those unaware Single Malt is distilled in Copper Pot Stills whereas the Single Grain Coffey still that was invented by Aeneas Coffey in the mid 19th Century. Distilling continuously as opposed to single batches, Single Grain is made up of small amounts of malted barley with wheat, maize and potentially any other grains that the distiller can get their hands on.
A.D. Rattray invergordon 1991 24 Year Old Single Grain Scotch Whisky – Bottled at 59.9% ABV and aged in an ex-bourbon hogshead barrel # 39033
Colour: Dull Copper
Nose: Vanilla icing atop tropical rum fruitcake.
Palate: Coconut cream and ripe tropical guava and jack fruit slices topped with vanilla bean seeds.
Finish: 59.9% is certainly there and leaves a lovely tingle all the way down but I don’t feel the need to add water (but will just because). Plush creamy meringue and continuing tropics laden fruitiness drive this Single Grain all the way to the Bahama’s.
Older Single Grain always impresses me. It’s a pity that only the odd barrel seems to be released. I have however, seen a slow but sure resurgence in popularity for Single Grain. Hopefully that will mean more of these lovely expressions on shelves in the coming years.
Water: Just to see what happens here I added 2 drops of water and was rewarded with even more fruit opening up and candied bitter orange marmalade making a showing on the finish.
Yummo (official Singlemalting tasting note of the highest order).
You can see Joshua Hatton’s take on our lone Single Grain offering in this edition HERE
Last year on this day we tasted the Samaroli 2009 MacDuff 5 Year Old in Blog #47
For those that love this Single Grain you can get one of only 60 bottles available from the following retailers:
Tomorrow back to Single Malt Land with a very fresh older whisky from Samaroli
Look forward to seeing you then.