The monthly Whisky-Me article is upon us and this month it is a Diageo Flora and Fauna release which is actually apparently discontinued. The Inchgower 14 year old is the only official single malt release from the distillery and this is some of the last stocks available from it.

The Distillery

The Inchgower distillery is a new one for me and is located in the village of Buckie in Scotland.

The distillery is predominantly used for blending and in particular the Bells blends. In fact this Victorian distillery was owned by Arthur Bell & Sons Ltd since 1938 and still uses a large part of its nearly 2 million litre production for that product line using its 4 stills.

The Dram

This whisky has an age statement of 14 years, has been bottled at 43% ABV and is available for under £50. The standard level of transparency from Diageo means this section of any article is always very short.

Tasting Notes

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Colour – pale creamy yellow

Nose – a hint of clove on a very fruity nose. soft apricot and passion fruit yoghurt galore. Very sweet and summery.

Palate – medium texture with more of the exotic fruit salad. The fruits are so syrupy then a touch of more tart cooking apples.

Finish – a short bicuity finish with a hint of peppercorns and buttery toast. The final flourish comes from a bitter hint of grapefruits just lightened with a sprinkle of suger.

Final Thoughts

It is a real shame this Inchgower has been discontinued because it is excellent and would make a great early summers night drink. There is not all that many of these exotic fruit whiskies out there and to lose another from the market is a shame. The good news is though there is some stocks left out there and still at a decent price. Soon though it will be auction prices and then perhaps it won’t be worth fighting the collectors.

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