Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar 3rd Edition Day 17 Blog #152 – Wemyss Malts Applewood Bake Invergordon 26 Year Old

Has everyone recovered from their trip to the hospital yesterday? I can almost still taste that Samaroli Islay even now. Well today we are almost doing the polar opposite in pulling out our wee bottle of the Wemyss Malts Applewood Bake Invergordon Single Grain.

As most of you are aware blended Scotch is made up of Single Malt and Single Grain. The percentages are determined by the bottler and the “Single” descriptor in both means single distillery. “Malt” has to be 100% malted barley but “Grain” can be any number of different grains.

Invergordon Distillery Pipe Band

The Invergordon distillery is located in the Highlands North of Inverness and was founded in 1959. Another distillery Ben Wyvis was contained within the complex but was closed in 1981. Invergordon has been owned by Whyte and MacKay since 1993 and the bulk of production of course is used for their popular blends and a number of other blended Scotch labels. What makes this fairly industrial distillery so cool is that it boasts its own pipe band.

I love Single Grain especially with a little age on it. The fiery nature of young grain fades away allowing more of the fruit character to complement the complexity imparted by the barrel.

Applewood Bake Invergordon

Wemyss Malts Applewood Bake Invergordon 26 Year Old Single Grain aged in a refill butt number 86239 and bottled at the non chill filtration special ABV of 46%. No caramel here either folks.

Color:    Pale straw

Nose:    Completely delicate in comparison to yesterday. Apple cinnamon dusted fairy floss (cotton candy)

Palate:   Chocolate mint chips sprinkled on vanilla bean gelato over a base of stewed apples.

Finish:  A delightful creaminess and extension of all the mid palate flavors.

This is absolutely delicious and would make a fantastic dessert dram for any occasion.

I must secretly let everyone in on the sneak peek we had at Andrew Hilton a few weeks ago with a couple of 3rd edition drams. Suffice to say that this particular whisky was the hit of the night.

On this day in the second edition we had the heavily sherried Craigellachie from A.D. Rattray.

Lets see what the esteemed Whisky Lassie is doing with today’s dram here.

Write in and let me know your thoughts on Single Grain whiskies. There have certainly been more available from independent bottlers in recent years and I think the category is fast gaining in popularity. This is especially so when you consider the price point for the equivalent number of years in barrel.

Tomorrow we will be having our annual comparison tasting. It is always amazing to try different barrels from the same distillery, especially from different perspectives. We will also be joined by a special guest but I will save all that for tomorrow.

Until then enjoy your Applewood bake and if you really enjoyed it you can email me at and I will happily direct you to some options so that you can pop one into your liquor cabinet.


Jonathan – taster of secrets





  1. Scott says:

    Jonathan – do you happen to recall ( I am sure you do!) the single grain that was part of the first edition. That one was my first foray into Single Grain and I was not a fan. As recall it was a pretty high ABV but I had was new to much of this and it didn’t do much for me. This however is very very tasty. Really enjoying it. I get horseradish and pine sawdust on the noise but was surprised by how sweet it ended up being. I continue to cheer loudly for pretty much anything Wemyss!

  2. Chad says:

    Mmm and yum covers it for me. Straight out I recognized the grain as I recalled from previous advent intoductions to grain whiskies. Thanks Jonathan. I was surprised how different the nose was from the palate. I love the sweet ones on the palate. Would like to own this one.

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