Duncan Taylor Inverleven Tasting Notes

Posted: September 7, 2011 in Inverleven, Scotch Whisky A-G

Duncan Taylor Inverleven 1979 (28 year old) 53.7%

Bourbon Cask 5662/ Dist: Dec 1979 Btl Nov 2006/ Tasted: July 2007

Initially the nose is quiet spirity but once it settles down it displays a lovely depth of orange fruit along with malt and grassy notes. Quiet full for a Lowland with a touch of buttery vanilla, banana and toffee. Soft and creamy on the palate with vanilla, cherries, citrus grass (especially on the middle) yet the alcohol dominates the palate. Lovely garden fresh (peas?) finish.

A drop of water softens the nose emphasizing the grass and crisp fruit. On the palate it brings out a lovely sweetness. It has become very full bodied and displays a superb dry, spicy finish. Is this really 28 years old it tastes more like mid teens. Who said Lowlands can’t age? This is an exceptional cask.

Duncan Taylor Inverleven 1978 (29 year old) 45.5%

Bourbon Cask 1878/ Dist:1978 Btl 2007/ Tasted: Sept 2008

The nose is quiet winey – Orange Muscat or sauvignon blanc like aromas. Has a lovely freshness for a lowland this old. There some delightful vanilla and cut grass and a perfumed camomile note. Over time it gets more exotic.

The palate is a bit of a let-down to be honest. Soft, winey and very oaky – butter and caramel. An agreeable length though with a grassy finish. Interesting nose, disappointing palate, which was pretty much all oak and no trousers.

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