Inchgower distillery ís located in Buckie, Banffshire and was founded in 1871 by Alexander Wilson who wanted to replace the older Tochineal distillery.

Sadly, Alexander Wilson suffered bankruptcy in 1936 and the distillery was taken over by Buckie Council who sold it onwards to Arthur Bell & Sons in 1938 for a nice profit.

Arthur Bell & Sons refurbished and extended the distillery in 1966 and in 1985 they were purchased by UDV which itself eventually evolved into Diageo.


Distillery photos by kind permission of Teun Van Wel


More great distillery info here thanks to Malt Madness




General whisky characteristics: Herbal, floral, aromatic leather


Exclusive Malts, Inchgower, distilled 20.09.1974, 34y, 49.7% ABV

cask #7881, one of 187 bottles

Typical cost of this bottle; €€€€€


Glass: Spiegelau

Colour: Rich gold, almost amber

Nose: Delightfully aromatic and floral with hints of leather and polished wood. As the minutes pass the leather and wood fade, whereas the floral elements increase.

Palate: Smooth, rich, fantastically perfumed flora.

With 4 drops of water: Slightly weaker nose, but smoother and even more floral palate.

Finish: Long. Even longer with water. Never-ending perfume & flora.

Overall Impression: Great, smashing, super! I really love this dram. Why did I get such a small sample. Where's the full bottle?



James McArthur, Inchgower, 12y, 59% ABV

bottled Feb. 1991

Typical cost of this bottle; originally €€€€€


Glass: Spiegelau

Colour: light gold, pale yellow

Nose: Herbs and spices but with plenty of spirit (due to the 59%). Nicely aromatic.

Palate: Initially smooth but soon expanding to a spirity tingle with all that alcohol. There's definitely some ery aromatic leather.

With 6 drops of water in about 2cl: A much more aromatic nose with herbs, leather and gentle oak. The palate is smooth and warming before very aromatic, almost perfumed leather and oak expand across the palate.

With 6 further drops of water in about 1cl:  Aromatic, slightly perfumed hay, grasses, leather and wonderful countryside.

Finish: Long and aromatic, maybe slightly dry.

Overall Impression: A thoroughly enjoyable dram. I really like it! But at this ABV you really need water to bring the best out.



BBR, Inchgower, 1982 - 2010, 28y, 56.2% ABV

Cask No.6968

Typical cost of this bottle; €€€€€

Dram-atics live review


Glass: Classic Malt

Colour: Bright (21ct) gold

Nose: Massively floral butterscotch with aromatic sandalwood and just a hint of lavendar.

Palate: Very floral with some black pepper, but this really needs some water due to the alcohol burn and content.

With 4 drops of water: Even more floral and now herbal on the nose with less butterscotch. The palate is even smoother and creamier with less pepper, but it now has a thinner mouth-feel.

With 4 further drops of water:  A much weaker nose is perhaps too faint and the palate is again thinner, but even more floral.

Finish: Long with some pepper tingle, even longer with water.

Overall Impression: A very good whisky which just confirms further why I like Inchgower. It needs a little water, but not too much. The second addition of 4 drops was perhaps just a little too much in this case.



Whisky Doris, Inchgower, 28y, 30.6.1992 - 13.12.2010, 56.6% ABV

Bourbon Hogshead No.6971, bottle No.99 of 192

Typical cost of this bottle; €€€€€

Reviewed as part of MMA 2011


Glass: Classic Malt

Colour: Sunny yellow sandy beach

Nose: Initially lots of honey followed by slightly smoky floral malt and hints of popcorn. AFter some minutes a faint suggestion of lightly smoked fruity wood appears alongside very aromatic floral elements.

Palate: Fruity with passion fruit, apricot and peach. Also creamy with a hint of very light peat smoke?

Finish: Long, fruity and creamy.

Overall Impression: Very good and thoroughly enjoyable Inchgower.




Master of Malt, Inchgower, 29y, 30.6.1982 - 22.11.2011, 53.9% ABV

Refill Hogshead, one of 190 bottles

Typical cost of this bottle; €€€€€

Dram-atics live review


Glass: Classic Malt

Colour: Sunshine yellow

Nose: Sweet and fruity with kiwi and passion fruit, maybe a touch of guava too. There's also a light maltiness and creamy vanilla. A jolly good light and refreshing nose. Sherbert lemons anyone?

Palate: very creamy with raspberry and galia melon and lots of fruitiness which is interspersed with a black pepperiness. In fact somehow I'm reminded of parma ham with melon and just a sprinkling of black pepper. There's also a light spiciness coming through which could be ginger? With some background hints of butterscotch.

With 4 drops of water: The nose is less fruity and has now developed a leafiness. The palate has a lighter fruitiness and more white pepper than black.

Finish: Very long, tingly and spicy fruit.

Overall Impression: Excellent, I love it!



Wemyss, Inchgower, 46% ABV

Distilled 1982, bottled 2013

Hogshead, one of 315 bottles

Original cost of this bottle; Unknown


Glass: Classic Malt

Colour: Pale yellow gold

Nose: Creamy, creme brulee, custard and also fragrantly meaty. I'm thinking roast chicken or turkey.

Palate: Mildly floral meatiness but still filled with flavour.

Finish: Long, mild and floral.

Overall Impression: Wonderfully mild but yet intense.



A.D. Rattray, Inchgower, 34y, 61.3% ABV

Original cost of this bottle; Unknown


Glass: Classic Malt

Colour: Oak

Nose: Initially a musty woodiness further developing to include banana stem (or skin).

Palate: Rich and intense, much more so than the nose with a suggestion of young, fruity red wine and custard with a hint of cinnamon.

Finish: Long with that suggestion of cinnamon custard.

Overall Impression: Nice, very nice.



A.D. Rattray, Inchgower, 30y, 56.3% ABV

Original cost of this bottle; Unknown


Glass: Classic Malt

Colour: Golden

Nose: Intense with a mildly musty creaminess. Some suggestion of vanilla and then, surprisingly what I can only describe as chicken and mushroom pie with a creamy sauce.

Palate: Very floral and delicate with that meatiness from the nose. There's also a fruity hint of young red wine.

Finish: Long and intense.

Overall Impression: Thoroughly enjoyable.



Adelphi, Inchgower, 26y, 1980 - 2007, 59.8% ABV

Cask 14155, one of 58 bottles

Original cost of this bottle; €€€€€


Glass: Classic Malt

Colour: So dark it's almost black.

Nose: Rich coffee beans, 100% cacao dark chocolate, woody smokiness and a hint of plums marinated in something strong and rich.

Palate: The fruitiness of plum or damson translates immediately onto the palate, then the suggestion of rich coffee making it extremely mouth-coating.

Finish: Extremely long with that suggestion of rich coffee right at the end.

Overall Impression: This is incredibly rich and deep and a true after dinner malt but don't spoil it with coffee, it already has enough! Perhaps after dinner mints would be a good accompaniment. Great? You bet!








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