These are the brands of malt whisky that Loch Lomond distillery produce from various stills and various peating levels. Is it confusing? Yes. Is it interesting? Yes, I think so anyway.
As far as I am aware, both of these are heavily peated whiskies coming from the distillery but using the different still systems to give slightly different flavours. The Inchmoan uses the stills with rectifying plates in and the Croftengea doesn’t? Perhaps? But there’s isn’t really much info online, hopefully we can clear this all up when I’m at the distillery in November. In the meantime what are these two like?
Inchmoan 12 46%
Nose: Medicinal and Laphroaig-like at first nosing, sweeter underneath, spiced orange, some vanilla, salted fish.
Taste: Medicinal hit, TCP and medicine cupboards, its a god damn Pharmacy in here!, some chewy orange (classic Lomond), late spice.
Finish: Long length. Think Laphroaig again, medicinal and mineral and thick and intense.
Looking for a Laphroaig replacement? Loch Lomond has you covered. Seriously powerful and medicinal whisky, that tasted blind, I would probably guess Laphroaig.
Croftengea 2007 The Single Cask 60.2%
Nose: Lovely slightly meaty Ledaiggian smoke. a little cheese, farmhouse cider.
Water: Lighter and less funky.
Taste: Soft, very balanced, lemon, peat, more maritime as it develops, sea salt, cheap pepper.
Water: More lemon, more spice as it develops. Unbalances.
Finish: Medium length. Maritime, salt and pepper, lemon.
11yo, nice and reminds me of Ledaig but doesn't quite pull off the same greatness. There’s that funk but it lacks in complexity compared to the Inchmoan.
Thanks for reading!
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