Loch Lomond Distillery sitting on my desk this evening and it is actually the first single malt I will taste as a part of their line-up. The whisky is aged initially in ex-bourbon barrels and then finished in ex Madeira wine casks. Inchmurrin line of Loch Lomond distillery is named after the largest island in Loch Lomond and carries also a 12 year old and an 18 year old expression besides this NAS bottling I am about to pour... It is launched in 2015.
Color: Medium amber, dark copper... Strong and thick legs around the glass.
Nose: Yellow grapefruit and orange wedges with young alcohol and plastic container aromas. Sliced Honeycrisp apples and Concorde pears. Musty and earthy... Damp basement and wet cardboard notes. Prunes and raisins. After airing quite a while and with the help of a couple of water drops young alcohol aromas clear. It gets chocolaty with marzipan and quince paste aromas.
Palate: Warming... Woolen blanket, heavy sweaters, walnut pieces and dry toasted wood. Burnt peach slices on a pie, chipotle peppers and dark raisins. Apple and pear slices are still there and lime juice. Butter... Although it is bottled at only 46% just a couple drops of water works great... The texture becomes more velvety and it adds warm savory pastry and almond paste notes. Fresh almond croissant...
Finish: Long... Longer than I expected. Red pepper flakes, salt and black tea.
Overall: Well, I have to admit here that it happened to be a way younger whisky than I thought... I also was expecting a sweeter one but instead we have a dram on the slightly saltier, more savory and more spicy side with some nice subtle fruity notes. Imagine walking in a pastry shop on a cold winter morning. The shelves are filled with savory and doughy pastries decorated with nuts on top and filled with fruit preserves. It smells heavenly... Actually thos whole picture fits to the holiday season kinda perfect. I know, the steep price tag is not helping very much but it is a nice winter warmer. Many thanks to Benito Quinonez and Kate Laufer Gorenstein for the official sample...