Hunter Laing Inchgower Tasting Notes

Posted: October 24, 2013 in Inchgower, Scotch Whisky H-Z

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Inchgower 1995 (18 year old) 50%

Sherry/ Code: OMC2314/ Dist: Jan 1995 Btl: Aug 2013/ Tasted: Sept 2013

Light, nutty Oloroso/ Manzanilla cross aromas with sweet spice, liquorice, molasses and sultanas. Pleasantly complex with hints of tea leaves, black olives, light smoke, a touch of orange rind and toasted almonds. With time the aromas become increasingly oily with a touch of lanolin.

The palate is soft and nutty with more of an Oloroso sweetness. There are plenty of molasses, dark honey, raisins, dates and walnuts to get your teeth into and the dark spices build pleasantly on the middle. Good creamy-ish mouth-feel and a long, spicy dried fruit finish with the treacle really coating the mouth, but the alcohol balances leaving a lingering nuttiness. Seems a lot older than 18!

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Inchgower 1995 (18 year old) 50%

Sherry/ Code: OMC2314(?)/ Dist: Nov 1995 Btl: Oct 2014/ Tasted: Nov 2014

Very herbal and botanical aromas with lightly fragrant barley, toffee, cream and herbal spices. With time some old sherried wood notes appear along with hints of chocolate.

The palate opens with some stewed fruit, heavily toasted toffee, malt and nuts. The creamy toffee builds along with hints of dried fruit and sherry spices. Very long and a little dry with some wonderfully dusty spice.

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Inchgower 1995 (19 year old) 50%

Sherry/ Code: OMC2473/ Dist: Nov 1995 Btl: Apr 2015/ Tasted: May 2015

Sweet, lightly treacly aromas of herbal Oloroso along with sweet coffee, hickory, stewed sour apple and cinnamon.

The palate is quite sweet and herbal with biting wood spice, treacle, baked fruit and dried fruit. Very herbal on the middle with a good, if a little dry finish and lingering dried fruit and herbs.

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Inchgower 1995 (20 year old) 50%

Sherry/ Code: OMC2549/ Dist: Sept 1995 Btl: April 2016/ Tasted: June 2016

Quite deep and honeyed for a ‘gower with hints of straw, barley husks, sweet herbal sherry and coffee. The aromas display a good freshness and it is certainly not showing its age.

The palate opens with the dry, barley husks, straw and earthy fruit, followed by a touch of malt, coffee and again subtle sherry notes. It darkens on the middle as the malt kicks in along with notes of treacle and liquorice. Long and chewy, remaining malty with a fresh, citric and mineral finish. Very pleasant.

 


Hunter Laing Hepburns Choice Inchgower 2008 (7 year old) 46%

Bourbon/ Quarter Cask Finished

Code: HEP0111/ Dist: Jan 2008 Btl: Sept 2015/ Tasted: Oct 2015

Aromas of deep honey, coffee and sub rye-like herbs. Youthful barley follows with hints of baked apple and gooseberry. Given it was quarter cask finished I would have expected more oak.

Soft and straightforward on the palate, but it displays a good depth of barley, light honey, toffee and subtle baked fruit. Quite spicy on the middle. Long with the spices lingering and the herbal rye-like notes returning. Could this have been finished in ex-sherry quarters?

Hunter Laing Hepburns Choice Inchgower 2008(?) (7 year old) 46%

Bourbon/ Dist: 2008(?) Btl: Oct 2015/ Code: HEP0110/ Tasted: Nov 2015

Deep and honeyed aromas with fragrant oak, barley, herbs and freshening zingy citrus. Lovely!

The palate shows more toffee’d oak, so it isn’t quite as fresh as the nose but it’s pleasantly honeyed and fragrantly oaked with the barley coming through on the middle. Good length with a slightly oiled and bitter spiced finish.

Hunter Laing Hepburns Choice Inchgower 2008 (7 year old) 46%

Bourbon/ Dist: Jan 2008 Btl: Oct 2015/ Code: HEP0109/ Tasted: Nov 2015

The nose is deep and honeyed but not quite as fragrant as HEP0110. Still some beautiful, sub-tropical melon, apricot and citrus appear and it becomes very fresh as the citrus kicks in. With time slightly herbal and earthy.

Slightly oily on the palate with some buttery oak. Fleshy but not as tropical as the nose with hints of apricot and barley. Good, mouth-watering finish as the citrus arrives. Lingering notes of liquorice, coffee, malt, herbs and spice.

Hunter Laing Hepburns Choice Inchgower 2008? (7 year old) 46%

Sherry Finished/ Code: HEP0179/ Dist: 2008? Btl: Aug 2016?/ Tasted: Sept 2016

Quite balsamic and a little spirity on the nose with some sweet barley, white fruit, herbs and cider apple.

The palate is earthy and coffee’d with again some balsamic notes. It’s not the cleanest of palates with a rather hot and spirity finish

Hunter Laing Hepburns Choice Inchgower 2008 (8 year old) 46%

Wine Finished/ Code: HEP0161/ Dist: Feb 2008 Btl: Mar 2016/ Tasted: Apr 2016

A nose of oily barley and chunky Bourbon oak. Quite toasty and vanilla’d with hints of rye-like herbs (the finishing cask?) Hints of earth and citrus follow but the aromas are predominantly oak dominated.

The palate shows plenty of creamy, vanilla oak with hints of barley and apricot but the oak is dominating. Slightly herbal middle with the oak begging to bitter. Medium length with some lingering spicy wood notes lingering and a herbal after-taste.

Hunter Laing Hepburns Choice Inchgower 2008 (9 year old) 46%

Refill Bourbon Hogshead/ Code: HEP0251/ Dist: Jan 2008 Btl: 2017/ Tasted: Mar 2017

The nose is youthful, a little spirity and slightly peppery with nascent honey, barley and sweet oak.

The palate opens with subtle, but sweet barley, apricot and a touch of toffee. Fuller and a less spirity with a long, lightly spiced finish.

Hunter Laing Hepburns Choice Inchgower 2008 (9 year old) 46%

Refill Bourbon Hogshead/ Code: HEP0252/ Dist: Jan 2008 Btl: 2017/ Tasted: Mar 2017

A subtly mentholated and herbal nose with hints of cereal and honey.

There’s a bit more toffee’d oak on the palate with hints of cereal and citrus. Good length, if a little hot with lingering oak.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s