Review: Inchmurrin 18 Years Old (bottled 2013)

Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky

Origin: Loch Lomond Distillery

Bottling: Loch Lomond Group

ABV: 46%

Cost: £62.50 from Master of Malt [sold out]

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What they say:

Very exciting indeed, this is a very modern and smart-looking release of 18 year old Inchmurrin from the Loch Lomond distillery. It was aged in bourbon casks and comes without chill-filtration or caramel colouring. It’s also one of, if not the, oldest malt from Loch Lomond we’ve yet come across. Great stuff.

Nose: Fruity, zesty aromas. Hints of caramel, malt and lychee. Orange rinds.

Palate: Candied lemon and tropical fruit, with a core development of sweet vanilla and gingerbread. An incredibly fruity little whisky, just building away on fruit ‘n’ nut chocolate bars.

Finish: Long, warming finish. Stem ginger and pineapple.

What I say:

Sampled during #TheDramTeam Launch event on 7th July 2016. This is the ‘old’ bottling of Inchmurrin 18 Years Old matured in ex-bourbon casks, replaced in 2015 with Inchmurrin 18 Years Old ~ 46% (Loch Lomond Group)

Colour:

Sauternes gold (8/20) , slow medium-sized tears, finer legs

Nose:

Sweet, slightly chalky with white chocolate, vanilla essence, pineapple cubes, foam banana sweeties and caramel, sweet coconut/gorse flower scent

Taste:

Very zesty, lemon rinds, tropical pineapple, mango, kiwi, slightly bitter cocoa, creamy vanilla, golden barley, ginger nut biscuits, spiced white pepper and cinnamon, ginger and lemon curd,

Finish:

Medium, fruity, sweet & sour, bitter and peppery woody oak

Overall:

Very pleasant, a little sharp and bitter in places, surprising for a whisky of this age and ABV.

Score: 84/100

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