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1990 Invergordon 29 Year Old "Barrel to Bottle" Single 1st Refill Tennessee Whiskey Barrel #45981 Cask Strength Single Grain Scotch Whisky (750ml) SKU #1485193

Price: $119.99

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Tasting Notes

Barrel to Bottle is led by Reid Bechtle, Steve & Paul Schurman. The three friends have bottled hundreds of casks for their whiskey groups. Steve and Reid started selecting casks in 2008, bottling a number of now famous casks of Willetts. Reid and Steve went on to found 1789b, a private group of booze lovers focused on selecting single cask American Whiskey. Likewise, Paul was the first to identify the incredible brandies being bottled by L'Encantada from Lous Pibous and bottled the first casks for the US for the "Brandy Brothers" via K&L Wine Merchants. Few have more experience or taste when it comes to brown spirits than these three amateurs. Now they've gone pro! A close personal connection to one of Scotland's most prominent distillers and blenders is their impetus. Their incredible reputation has allowed them access to this brand's entire selection of old high quality grain whisky. This category is still in its infancy and this secret source rolled out 53 of their best casks. The team chose the three they felt would appeal most to their compatriots in 1789b and dark spirits lovers at large. This single cask of Invergordon was filled into first fill Jack Daniels barrels on May 21st, 1990. This barrel is not as sweet and corn driven on the nose as the other Invergordon from B2B, but instead offers complex herbal notes coupled with a nuanced fruit character. Big clove, corn oil and spice are the hallmarks here on the palate. Another great barrel from the upstart bottler.

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Staff Reviews

  • David Othenin-Girard
    By: David Othenin-Girard
    K&L Staff Member
    The two tiny casks of Invergordon brought in by Barrel to Bottle are definitely intended to attract the bourbon drinker to this exciting category. I try to avoid selling Single Grain as "bourbon light" partly because I think that over simplifies the category and more precisely because I believe often misleads the consumer about what they're getting. But the B to B guys have found two casks that work wonders to cross over really the categories, while staying true to the Single Grain aesthetic. I think these are really fun to taste together so I'll add my notes for both here. The color for both of these is yellow gold. The nose on barrel 981 is more classic grain with notes of marzipan, yellow flowers, coconut, hay bails, vanilla. By contrast barrel 090 has more corn oil, more oak, maple syrup, cooked cereals and baked apples. On the palate, both far surpass the relatively restrained nose. #90 is very sweet up front, textured, oily, baked sweet corn, subtle herbs and a long citrus-y finish. Barrel #981 has more vanilla, a bit of melon and more spice. There's still some sweetness, but building toward a large spicy finish. Adding 3ml of water softens #981 slightly and I think I like the bold intensity of it at cask strength better, but #90 loves the water. Adding the same amount brings a bit more stone fruit and heightens the experience on the palate significantly. The are surprisingly unique within this context and while they still offer a much more restrained and elegant experience than any old bourbon, they will certainly scratch an itch that most bourbon drinkers might not even know they have.


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