1987 Invergordon 31 Year Old "Sovereign" K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Grain Scotch Whisky (750ml) (Previously $100) SKU #1380524

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Tasting Notes

It's not every day you can buy a 30+ year old whisky for $100 bucks! As grain ages it takes on incredible mellow richness. They're known for being good values, but the market has been pushed up thanks to big age statements in recent years. While we love these old grains, we don't think you should be paying $200-300 for them even with these big age statements. Instead, we've secured some of the best singel grains at the very best prices. Invergordon is a grain distillery situated north of Inverness on the Cormarty Firth. The absolutely massive distillery produces upwards of 40 million liters of pure alcohol pure year thanks to their massive column still. They're production of grain whisky is exclusively destined for the blends, but a few odd casks make it out of the blenders repitoire and into our glasses. Like so many things in whisky, with time comes greatness and these Invergordons are proof that grain has many facets. Only 293 bottles of this beauty exist. It's bottled at full cask strength without dilution or adulteration of any kind.

Staff Reviews

  • David Othenin-Girard
    By: David Othenin-Girard
    3/7/2019
    K&L Staff Member
    I often talk about how Single Grain shouldn't be seen as some type of Single Malt light or an off shoot of bourbon, but should really be treated as a stand alone category that should be judged on its own merits. That's why we thought it was so important to offer a diverse selection of well-aged grain at reasonable prices. We've managed to amass a collection of nearly every active grain distillery (save for Girvan) along with several ghost distilleries all in the $100-200 range and absolutely delicious. Anybody who can wrap their brains and palates around the subtle complexities of grain whisky should consider amassing as many of these awesome examples as they can afford, not only for the exquisite learning experience, but simply because we're not sure when we'll have this kind of broad access again. Invergordon tends to have a little more herbal and citrus quality than some of it's more southerly cousins and this one is no different. Caramel corn, light roast coffee beans, fresh mint, woodsy herbs and orchard fruit. A bold wild honey cuts through the linear entry and leaves you with a sweet sugar cookie finish. A bit idiosyncratic and proof that all single grain is not just one note, but has potential to offer a range of interesting and unusual flavors. This one might appeal nicely to Highland malt drinkers for it's added richness and herbal undertones. A real treat for lovers of old complex whisky of any kind though.
  • William Beare
    By: William Beare
    2/22/2019
    K&L Staff Member
    Incredible. Can't get enough! The nose is a big dollop of fresh, homemade, gooey caramel candy. So vividly so that my first inhale made my mouth water. Palate is very fruity, and a generous helping of sea salt that begins in the nose and continues through onto the tongue, joining the continued caramel candy profile. Those lightly saline notes in the nose are a consistent balancing agent for this scotch, it keeps the sugar and the fruit from overwhelming at all (much the way a good homemade caramel candy would). I wouldn't call this a "sweet" Scotch even though the nose is absolutely packed with beautiful creamy caramel and vanilla. Finish dries out really nicely. A very classy and elegant finish.
  • Andrew Whiteley
    By: Andrew Whiteley
    2/15/2019
    K&L Staff Member
    While most of the old grain whiskies we bottle are first described as smooth, round and gentle, this particular cask also has tremendous power. It's 52% ABV and full of bass tones. Brown sugar, cask spices, a more noticeable tannin structure. It's of course amazingly smooth and round after 31 long years in barrel, but the earthy note that undergirds this whisky makes for a grain of unusual complexity as well. With the addition of a little water the wood spices take a back seat and let the fruit ride shotgun. Winter fruits like apple and orange stand prominently against the backdrop of sweet baking spice. A special single grain for sure.

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