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Edition Spirits ‘The First Editions’ Inchmurrin 1984 (32 year old) 46.5%

Refill Bourbon Hogshead/ Code: EDI0213/ Dist: Jun 1984 Btl: 2017/ Tasted: Mar 2017

The nose is relatively fresh with lanolin, mature, decaying  rose-petal marc, green citrus fruit and a touch of vanilla. It’s edgy with an almost metallic freshness and late malt and herbal rye-like notes.

The palate is edgy and malty with again old marc-like notes, heavy oils, toast and mature rose petals. Subtle, mature dusty eat, apricot, leather, tobacco and rye-like herbs follow. Edgy and oily finish with a touch of sweet raspberry and dusty spice. From the marc-like/ highly rectified character I would assume that a fair proportion was distilled using the Lomond stills.

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Carn Mor Strictly Limited Loch Lomond (Croftenga) 2010 (6 year old) 46%

Bourbon/ Dist: 2010 Btl: Feb 2017/ Tasted: Jan 2017

Initially a little feint to begin with on the nose, but it settles down to show manuery peat, burnt heather and barley. Hints of grainy, coffee’d oak follow along with a touch of earth. Vigorous and vibrant.

The palate is young, with a few rough edges, but the pleasantly sweet barley offsets. Like the nose there is plenty of manurey peat, which melds with woodier peat notes and oily peat notes. There isn’t much in the way of oak notes, so the spirit is on full display. Good length with grapefruit, coal dust and a touch of vanilla.

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!

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.