700ml | 55.3% | Scotland
The first-ever Inchgower Special Release in this series is a complex, surprising whisky from a distillery with a heart-warming back story, which starts sweetly then becomes crisply aromatic and drying with a beautiful bitter-sweet drying finish. The romantic story of Inchgower begins with a famous predecessor. Tochieneal distillery was built nearby in 1824 by local factor, Alexander Wilson. His nephew, also Alexander but known to all as 'Uncle Sandy', developed its fame but had to close it in 1870, when a proposed doubling of the rent made distilling uneconomic. The water supply, too, had reached its limit as sales of Tochieneal grew. The happy outcome was the building in 1871 of the new Inchgower distillery just outside Buckie, the port closest to the mouth of the River Spey. Men who spent their working lives with 'Uncle Sandy‘ recorded the move in the poem “Tochieneal”. Made near the sea, the whisky is rarely seen as a Single Malt and excitingly different for a Speyside, enjoying a crisp, aromatic style that has led to its being nicknamed “the Manzanilla of Speyside”, after the Sherry with a similarly distinctive style.