Coastal distilleries are fascinating as they often deliver a unique briney and nutty quality.
Inchgower is no different. There are many elements in production which contribute to this nutty and spicy style of single malt.
Perhaps its East Highland location in Buckie, close to the mouth of the River Spey, being the most influential.
Historically linked to the Bells blend, Inchgower offers an interesting range of flavour.
Beginning with tropical fruits of melon and banana, we then move into orchard fruits and vanilla before finishing with toasted almond notes.
Inchgower was built in Speyside in 1871 after the distiller Alexander Wilson was forced out of the nearby Tochineal distillery his uncle had built 40 years previously when the landlord doubled the rent.
The distillery was bought by Buckie council in 1936 after Alexander Wilson & Co. went out of business.
Bell's was bought by Guinness in the 1980s, with ownership transferring to United Distillers in 1987. Inchgower is therefore now a part of Diageo.
Quite buttery, sweet vanilla with hints of dried banana. With water added – plenty more fresh green herbal notes.
Overall sweet notes of milky chocolate. Puff pasty, lemon zest. Orange boiled sweet. Honeyed cereal. With water added – plenty more fresh green herbal notes. Sprites of fresh melon offer little bursts of sweetness.
Medium finish. Cereal, melon and dried banana. Tangy citrus – bitter orange peel.
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