Inverleven 1985 Private Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)
Gordon & MacPhail Private Collection // Lowlands, Scotland
Inverleven was a Lowland malt distillery which was mothballed in 1991, and finally closed in 2002. This bottling is from cask #562, a refill bourbon barrel which was distilled in 1985. Aged for 33 years before bottling at a cask strength of 57.4% ABV in 2018. The Private Collection from independent bottler Gordon & MacPhail is a series of greatly aged single malts from celebrated, little known, or closed distilleries selected by members of the Urquhart family. This is one of two bottles released at the end of 2018 with the updated look for the collection.
Single MaltDistilled in pot stills from 100% malted barley, produced at one distillery, aged in barrels; if Scotch or Irish, must be aged for at least three years.
Cask Typerefill bourbon barrel
"It starts with whiffs of menthol and mint accompanied by soft oak, but this Inverleven really needs a few minutes to open up. That’s when the tropical fruits start begging for attention—mango, pineapple and whispers of lime zest. The vanilla custard is also undeniable. Its mouthfeel is fairly creamy, with hints of cardboard and white chocolate, as well as a touch of ginger and white pepper, and whiffs of banana and vanilla. Finally a subtle oakiness. A little more fruitiness and this would've been lifted to another level."