Dec 1, 2016

Blend Project #23 Loch Lomond Reserve...

Loch Lomond Reserve (40.0%): Second sample from Loch Lomond Distillery... It is a blend of single malt and grain whiskies all distilled under the same roof. If you would like to hear more about the distillery please take a look at my review of Loch Lomond Single Grain right below... Like I mentioned there this whisky can actually be called a "single blend". And on top of all with a price tag under $20 it definitely claimed a spot in my ongoing blend project as well. Entry number #23 it is...

Color: Amber with a greenish hue.

Nose: Need to allow it to breathe first to avoid the young and harsh grain whisky burn... That's better: white bread crumbs, old glossy paper magazines and furniture polish. Medical cabinet, old tin lunch box and stainless steel flask... Lemon rind and wet malt. After adding a few drops of water I get freshly squeezed lemon juice and more young alcohol burn... Funny, it noses like Cutty Sark now. Meh... Maybe it didn't need water.

Palate: Sweet and malty... Soft ginger candies, yellow gummi bears and rich tea biscuits. English bitter ale, orange zest jam and London dry gin... And herbs: dried lavender, sage and purple basil. Slowly but surely subtle peat notes surface, just enough to make you smile... Diesel fuel, rubber bands and latex gloves. The palate is way more interesting than the nose now I have to say. Even water works better here. It's doughy and a little nutty now: Green almonds, cookie dough and creamier in texture. I think I would take that splash of water in spite of the Cutty Sark effect on the nose.

Finish: Medium, mostly with young alcohol burn on both sides of the tongue.

Overall: I say it is a pretty solid blend for $17... I had many worse ones with a considerably higher price tag. Order a double with your daily pint at your favorite watering hole and you will be just fine... This whisky is meant to be a cheap every day blend and all I see here is a job well done... Hard to discuss anything further. Thanks to Benito Quinonez from Loch Lomond Group and Kate Laufer Gorenstein from KLG Public Relations for the sample...

Price: $17