Today I've got some Loch Lomond reviews, which is perhaps the ugly duckling of the scotch whisky industry. It's a complicated, perhaps misunderstood distillery that doesn't play by the rules but doesn't have the bad boy persona of Compass Box.
Loch Lomond has a few different types of stills. They have 6 Lomond stills with rectifying necks (Imagine a pot still with plates in), 2 continuous Coffey stills making 20 million litres a year, another Coffey still only using malted barely in it (which the SWA say is still grain whisky) and a pair of traditional pots stills.
Along with several different peating levels and yeast types, Loch Lomond is maybe the most adaptable distillery with a huge range of brands.
Is it any good? Well, it didn't have the best reputation in the world but people have been talking about some new heavily peated stuff, which is meant to be good. So it may be a distillery to keep an eye on.
Anyway, here's the two I've tried...
Loch Lomond Original 40%
Nose: Vanilla, cream soda, butter, malty, little burnt note- Burnt toffee, burnt malt, caramel.
Taste: Creamy/watery arrival, vanilla, toffee, caramel, burnt bitterness building with sour wood.
Finish: Short/Medium length. Burnt malt bitterness, a little watery.
New bottling 2015. Lightly peated apparently. Not really a nice one IMO, a bit weird and burnt.
Nose: Big ol' Sherry bomb. Lots of honey and orange, Christmas cake and spice, orange liqueur, brown sugar.
Taste: Full on sherry monster. Surprisingly easy at full strength, thick cream with loads of sherried sweetness, tonnes of orange and rich spice, orange chocolate and liqueur.
Finish: Long length. More orange with spices and oak lingering nicely.
My first TBWC. Not just a Boutique marketing whisky! According to internet, Inchmurrin is only made with whisky from the Lomond stills. This was lovely, like drinking some kind of orange dessert, but did fall apart with any water.
Thanks for reading!
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