I’ve been very fortunate to have been one of the lucky few that were chosen to sample and review the new expression from Loch Lomond distillery. The distillery has gone through some changes over the past couple of years, starting with a management buy-in backed buy an equity group in March 2014.
This was the catalyst for change with the new owners investing in the business straight away, with two new stills and three new washbacks being added. The range of expressions also had a bit of a revamp, with the new range being made up of The Loch Lomond Original single malt (a NAS single malt), a 12 year old, an 18 year old and two blends called the Reserve and Signature. They also produce the Inchmurrin brand of whisky as well. Having tried the Original single malt and the 12yo plus both the 12 and 18yo Inchmurrin expressions, I was really looking forward to see what the single grain would be like.
So when the nice delivery man dropped of my package from the distillery, I couldn’t wait to sit down and spend some time sampling this new expression.
So first a little bit of information about this single grain expression, well it is bottled at 46% abv and is made using only malted barley, distilled using the distilleries Coffey still before being matured in American oak casks. I’m not sure about the age or if any colouring has been added, I don’t think it has been chill filtered but again I can’t say for certain. I do love the stylish packaging that it will be in, a very distinctive black bottle and tube that will definitely make it stand out on your shelf.
Now for the tasting..
Nose: First to hit me was the barley so clean and crisp, a subtle earthy herbal note is also present, after a little time I started to get some fresh apples and a soft vanilla toffee note, there is also a sweet orange hint with a subtle lemon note, over all very light and refreshing to me.
Palate: The first thing I noticed is how light and delicate the mouth feel was, there is a subtle pepper note here just enough to tingle the taste buds, fruity with the apples from the nose, this time with some lime and floral honey notes, sweet vanilla fudge just helps to balance it out, very refreshing.
Finish: The pepper note stays in the finish but is softened with a sweetness, it is medium in length with a summer orchard lingering on the palate at the very end.
This was nothing like any other Scottish single grain I’ve tried, it was so light and delicate and very subtle but complex. The flavors don’t try to overwhelm each other, instead they work with each other to enhance the dram. I really enjoyed this and think it is an excellent addition to the Loch Lomond range.
I would like to say a big thank you to Loch Lomond and Steve at The Whisky Wire for the opportunity to try this, it has been a pleasure and I’ll be looking forward to picking a bottle or two up in the future.
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