Inchmoan 12yo...

Inchmoan 12yo (46.0%): Inchmoan 12yo is the third twelve year old single malt to complete the Loch Lomond horizontal after Inchmurrin 12yo and Loch Lomond 12yo. Inchmoan is another brand like Inchmurrin about to be dropped as a stand alone label but to be used as a sub-brand instead. It is named after one of the islands in Loch Lomond as well. It's also the peatiest expression among all three twelve year old malts in the line-up and matured in a mix of re-charred and refill ex-bourbon American oak barrels.

Color: Medium amber, polished copper color with thick but this time rather slow moving legs.

Nose: Peat and strangely hint of sulphur in spite of being matured in ex-bourbon barrels only: Struck matches, burnt honey and newly purchased rubber tubing. Burnt plastic, medicine cabinet and wet and muddy forest ground. Dried rosemary leaves, eucalyptus and red plums. There are no coastal aromas in this peat... All floral, fruity and earthy. Decaying vegetation, dried lavender and campfire.

Palate: Charcoal, cigar ash and black pepper. Grilled asparagus, grilled banana peppers and heavily toasted wood. Teriyaki sauce and water from plastic bottles. Some nice tart notes towards the end: Passion fruit, lemon zest and yellow grapefruits. And also a little dairy: Cottage cheese and sour cream.

Finish: Long with black pepper, salt and plastic food containers.

Overall: This one didn't disappoint either... Very well textured in spite of its relatively low abv. Heavily peated, sweet, tart and spicy. Floral, fruity and balanced. In the end I was surprised that there were no ex-sherry casks involved in blending to be honest. Another clear win for Loch Lomond..!

Price: $40