Hunter Laing Loch Lomond Tasting Notes

Posted: June 10, 2016 in Loch Lomond, Scotch Whisky H-Z

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Inchmurrin 1984 (31 year old) 47.1%

Refill Bourbon Barrel/ Code: OMC2557/ HL12255

Dist: Jun 1984 Btl: Apr 2016/ Tasted: May 2016

An oily, lanolin heavy nose with an echo of dusty peat. Edgy apricot, tight oak tannins and taught, herbal rye-like notes follow. Suddenly it opens to show malt, fig, lime, Bourbony oak and uber sweet but dusty spice. Very unusual! If I was tasting it blind I would have thought it was some sort of malt/ rye hybrid. Late hints of sweet sherry. It certainly doesn’t feel its age.

The palate opens with candied raspberry and oily, almost feinty notes. Hints of dark rye bread, lanolin, rose oil follow. Now that’s an odd but rather enticing combination! Very left field but the balance of sugars and oils is spot on. A touch of honey comes through on the middle along with barley and some rye-like herbal spice. Long and oily with lingering old, marc-like rose petals, herbs and again an echo of dusty peat. I love it!

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Inchmurrin 1984 (32 year old) 46.5%

Refill Bourbon Hogshead/ Code: OMC2649/ Dist: Jun 1984 Btl: 2017/ Tasted: Mar 2017

Heavy, oily aromas of old marc, lanolin and fairly tarry peat. A touch of malt, vanilla and mature oak appear. With time it sweetens a little as some toffee and barley notes come through.

The palate is oily with lanolin, old marc and dusty peat. The oils become quite heavy and a touch of cigar ash, citrus, biting spices and edgy herbal notes come through on the middle. Long and a little sweeter as the honey and vanilla powder appears. Very unusual and interesting!


Hunter Laing Hepburns Choice Croftenga (Loch Lomond) ‘Nice & peaty’ 2006 (9 year old) 46%

Bourbon/ Code: HEP0150/ Dist: Mar 2006 Btl: Jan 2016/ Tasted: Feb 2016

Sulphury (not sherry sulphur) and metallic aromas. Yes there is some peat but it’s covered by the soapy spirit character. Lightly herbal and lightly cardboardy. A big disappointment.

The palate is meaty, sulphury and cardboardy. A lovely evil trio of flavours! Slightly herbal with some earthy peat and murky cardoardy spices on the finish. That’s my palate shot for the evening!


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