Part of Diageo's Special Releases for 2018, a single malt from the Inchgower distillery in Speyside. Distilled in 1990, matured for 27 years in refill American oak hogsheads and bottled in 2018. A total of 8,544 bottles were produced. Bottled at a natural cask strength of 55.3%. (Bottle size 750ml)
Nose: Dry and savoury, with ripe fruits on a herbal and slightly spicy base; fruit boxes packed with red apples, a dusty malt barn, hessian sacks and walnuts, nut brittle toffee. Subtly aromatic, with mature oaky vanilla, dark chocolate, dry sawdust, and polish. Later, sweet hints of melon.
Palate: First, cool and tangy, smooth and with a sweeter taste than expected; a sugary fruit compote. Soon drying, powerful and mint-clean, with a charred bitterness; flinty and toasty, growing increasingly appetising, with dark chocolate and grape skins, then savoury.
Finish: Long, with considerable spice; herbal, with drying cedar and clove, and black tea notes. An appealing charred and savoury note.