That Boutique-y Whisky Company – Invergordon – 42 Year Old, Batch 15
So I kinda thought that I really should (if should is the right word) sit and do a review of this whisky..
This is of course a grain whisky from the Highland Distillery Invergordon which is owned by Whyte & Mackay. It’s 42 years old and bottled at 48% by those lovely people at That Boutique-y Whisky Company. Batch 15 was released in 2017, and I might have bought one or two (actually, better not count them ALL!!) of the 665 bottles which were released. Lucky me.
The first time I tried Invergordon whisky was back in October 2017 for That Boutique-y Whisky Companies 5th Birthday… this was Batch 11, and I was kind of hooked from then, I think I bought my first bottle of batch 15 just in time for my birthday that year.
I have also been lucky to buy batch 2 and 3, 16 and 19 and I’m sure I will eventually open them one day… Batch 16 has already gone though!!
Invergordon and the Distillery
The distillery is located in Invergordon which is in Easter Ross, Ross-shire. It also happens to be next to a little place called Saltburn…but not the Saltburn I lived in as a very little Smoggy. My late father told me about this when I was a child as he used to deliver fuel up there. If you can imagine me as a 4 year old girl hearing this filled me with excitement!!
The spirit is produced in Coffey Stills, and as you can see in the rather fab drawing on the label by Emily Chappell, this is how the still works.
There is always a little change with each release…can you spot the difference?
The initial aroma delivers a slight hint of polish (in a good way.) There is also coffee and cinnamon. Caramel and a little vanilla. A little fruit… with a drizzle of chocolate. Lovely aromatic spices.
A deliciously warming palate. Vanilla and a sprinkle of cinnamon…and a little leathery note. Pepper heat is spicy. Almost a burnt sugar note with delicious woody notes. And I love it. I really do.
The finish always leaves me smiling, along with the fading spices and a little mocha bitterness.
Sadly I think this is sold out at most places now…I know of at least three whisky shops where I bought one, and went back for another (then another – thanks Wim (Tensu Spirits Boutique) till ‘nom nom, it’s all gone !!’