Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Inchmoan 1992 Review [From Paris with Love]

Hi everyone,

Seeing the title you're probably wondering whether this review is going to contain a lot of sexual innuendo around the words 'Inch' and 'Moan' to fill content?
No, because I have real content and I can't think of anything good..

Before talking to someone from Loch Lomond distillery, I thought I knew something about Loch Lomond distillery.
I didn't.

Turns out they don't have Lomond stills (despite the name), they have stills with rectifier columns and the whole thing is a bit more complicated than I first thought. Anyway, what that means is that they can draw of the new make at different strengths to concentrate different flavour compounds.
Apparently for this particular Inchmoan, they tried to channel more the spicy flavours into the spirit rather than the peat (Inchmoan is heavily peated).
That spirit (I think the new make was around 75%ish) was then matured in refill barrels for 24 years, before being finished for 12 months in first full Bourbon barrels.
Did it work out though?

Inchmoan 1992 48.6%
Colour: Gold
Body: Medium
Nose: Herbal and minty. What BensWhisky.com would call 'alien peat.' Very subtle tropical fruit with pineapple, dusty but interesting. Peppermint and spearmint, a little salted fish and green peppercorns.
Taste: Dusty, lemon, quite sour, some dry oak, whisky warehouse smell, sour grape, old white wine that's a little overaged, a little salt. Spicy ginger.
Finish: Medium/Long length. Goes then comes back. Tropical then dusty red apple and peppery spice.
Can't say it's not complex, but it's challenging and very hard to score. Obviously great quality.
81/100

Thanks for reading!

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