Loch Lomond Distillery Bottlings Tasting Notes

Posted: September 9, 2011 in Loch Lomond, Scotch Whisky A-G

Loch Lomond 12 year old 46%

Bourbon, refill American oak(?) and recharred American oak(?) casks

Tasted: Feb 2017

A fragrant nose of heather and rich fruit – apricot, peach and hints of honey and barley. The oak is pretty intense and a little gritty, with distinct charred notes as well. With time a subtle, sweet peat note appears.

The palate is soft and full with a touch of oily barley to begin. Richly fruited with apricot, honey and some heavy oak, which isn’t a surprise. The balance between the spirit character and oak is just about right and the finish displays a good degree of palate cleansing citrus. Finally some heather and earthy peat smoke arrive and a little bitter, dark chocolate.


Loch Lomond ‘Islands Collection’ Inchmurrin 12 year old 46%

First Fill(?) Bourbon, refill American oak(?) casks and re-charred American oak(?) casks

Tasted: Nov 2016

Lightly gristy and fragrant with herbal and citric notes. Toasty American oak and grainy coffeed’d charred oak notes follow along with a touch of heathery peat, juicy barley and hints of oxidised fruit and burnt wood.

The palate opens with the tight oak tannins and hints of barley, malt. herbs, vanilla, coffee, bitter dark chocolate and heathery peat. However the charred oak is omnipresent. Long, robust and malty finish with hints of milk chocolate, coffee and drying tannins.

Loch Lomond ‘Islands Collection’ Inchmurrin Madeira Wood Finish 46%

Bourbon/ Madeira

Tasted: Nov 2016

A full nose of spicy baked fruit and hints of pepper, maderised dried fruit, honey, heather, barley and marzipan. Quite rich and nutty.

The palate is full and nutty with both oxidised and baked fruit, toasty oak and a little hard barley. Subtly smoked with a developing light meatiness and maltiness. The finish is a little hot with a dry, tannic finish and lingering almond shell.


Inchfad (Heavily Peated) Distillery Select 2001 (5 year old) 45%

Bourbon Cask 666/ Dist: Feb 2001 Btl: June 2006/ Tasted: Oct 2009

Well it had to be tasted didn’t it? The Devil’s own cask!

A young, lightly honeyed cereal nose. Which is definitely not as peated as one would expect from a ‘heavy peating level’. Although in saying that the peat has a lovely crumbly-briquettes/ oily texture. There is a slight perfumed white citrus and a high toned/ floral note. There is a youthful rawness to it but it doesn’t scream at you and is quiet rounded.

The palate is leads off with the youthful, gristy cereal and a touch of marc. Quiet soft with a pleasant barley sweetness. The oak and the alcohol combine to dry the middle out but it has a good length with the peat and white fruit emerging in the finish and a slight perfumed after taste. It has an endearing crispness, but could hardly be called the Devils brew!


Inchmoan Distillery Select 2001 (4 year old) 45%

Bourbon Cask 48/ Dist: Mar 2001 Btl: April 2005/ Tasted: Aug 2005

A pungent nose of youthful, earthy cereal and citrus fruit mingling with a bit of peat smoke, all set against some subtle bourbon oak. The palate opens with straw/ grass and citrus fruit followed by some gentle smoke and quite a peated middle. Hot and short leaving a slight touch of coal dust and spice.

With water it brings out an oily orange note and a tad more fruit on the palate, but it’s still a bit raw and youthful and the peat seems to have drifted off somewhere.


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