Inchmurrin 15 Years Old 1996 – Cask 28

Single malt scotch whisky

43% ABV, £36 for 70cl

Score: 85/100

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What they say:

Inchmurrin is the name of one of the various styles of whisky distilled at Loch Lomond. This particular expression was distilled on the 18th November 1996 and was aged in refill butt 21 for 15 years before bottling on the 14th December 2011. A release of 832 numbered bottles.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Cut hay, hints of tequila, grape skins, a touch of butterscotch and malt, acetone.

Palate: Citrus, gooseberry, quince, toasted oak, freshly baked bread and mint.

Finish: Good length. Herbal and malty.

What I say:

Inchmurrin is an island in Loch Lomond and was also chosen as a name for one of the styles of whisky (lightly peated) produced by Loch Lomond distillery. The Inchmurrin range was relaunched in 2013 with official bottlings of 12, 15, 18 and 21 years old. This is an independent bottling from a single cask by Signatory.

Colour:

Dark amber gold, thick, oily tears

Nose:

Sherry, suede leather, peat bonfire ash, smoke, chewy, spicy cinnamon, cigar boxes, tobacco, marzipan, fireworks, beeswax, faint sulphury/rubbery aroma

Taste:

Thin in mouthfeel, rubber party balloons and fruit, syrupy, honey, cereal grist, malt, tobacco, marzipan, warms and becomes spicier with nutmeg and cinnamon

Finish:

Long, tannic, drying with gentle peat smoke

Overall:

Chewy and complex, lacks a little of the deep fruitiness you may have expected from a refill sherry butt, suggesting much of the sherry influence has gone. This retains some leathery and tobacco characteristics the takes you to an old leather armchair and a good cigar, so sit back, relax and enjoy!