Invergordon ‘Portsoy Old Harbour’ 10-year-old

Bought – Online Whisky Auction, 22nd December 2013

My first grain whisky – wooohooo! Or is it?! I’ve only ever seen Invergordon Distillery mentioned as a producer of grain whisky, so when I saw this wee bottle at auction I thought it was a nice chance to get my first grain experience. Now I look at the label it says “10 Year Old Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky”. That sounds like a single malt to me! It was specially produced by Invergordon to celebrate 300 years of Portsoy harbour (1693 to 1993), which suggests this whisky was first distilled in 1983 if bottled in 1993 for the anniversary. But a single malt from a distillery that’s really only known for grain whisky?! Really?!

Knowing how strict the Scottish Whisky Association is for keeping everything right and proper, this has to be a single malt rather than a grain whisky. I suppose I shouldn’t complain because a malt is more expensive than a grain but it means I’ll have to wait a bit longer for my first single grain experience. The most obvious choice is a bottle of Cameron Brig, which sells for less than £20. Although, since grain whisky is cheaper than malts, and even blends, I’ve seen a tempting 25-year-old bottling of Invergordon for £41.

Invergordon Portsoy Old Harbour 10yo 5cl

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