Whisky Review: Inchmoan 12 Year old

Category: Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Origin: Loch Lomond Distillery

Bottling: Loch Lomond Group

ABV: 46%

Cost: £44.79 buy from Master of Malt

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What they say:

Inchmoan 12 Year old

INCHMOAN 12 YEAR OLD SINGLE MALT IS BORN FROM A COMBINATION OF MALT WHISKIES
FROM OUR TRADITIONAL SWAN NECK POT STILL AND OUR UNIQUE STRAIGHT NECK
POT STILL TO CREATE AN UNCONVENTIONAL PEAT CHARACTER WITH A LOT OF DEPTH
MARRYING SMOKE AND SPICINESS.

IT IS MATURED FOR 12 YEARS IN A MIX OF RECHARRED AMERICAN OAK AND REFILL BOURBON
AMERICAN OAK CASKS GIVING SWEET VANILLA BACKGROUND NOTES THAT COMPLEMENTS
THE SOFT PEAT STYLE OF LOCH LOMOND’S UNIQUE STILL SET UP.

NOSE

Dry, smouldering peat smoke with vanilla syrup and cracked black pepper.

PALATE

Sweet, medicinal peat and smoked bacon lead into roasted coffee bean with spice notes of clove and star anise. Warming spiciness combines with green apple and pear as fruit character develops.

FINISH

Long, waxy peat with citrus hop note and gooseberry.

What I say:

Dram #3 from the #LochLomond Tweet Tasting hosted by @TheWhiskyWire on 31st May 2017. This single malt whisky produced at Loch Lomond Distillery is made from peated malt and uses a combination of stills, this particular production is bottled under the name Inchmoan to distinguish it from Inchmurrin (another of the Islands on Loch Lomond) or Loch Lomond single malts.

Appearance:

Full amber gold (10/20)

Nose:

Mint choc chip ice cream!!, vanilla custard, medicinal peat – germolene or winter green, menthol crystals too

Taste:

Mint choc chip ice cream, creosote, winter green, eucalyptus, medicinal peat, menthol but with a lovely sweetness to it, vanilla and black pepper

Finish:

Long, sweet peat and vanilla, lovely!

Overall:

A deliciously sweet and peaty single malt expression that for me is fair rival to say currently popular Ardbeg or Ledaig expressions – certainly this is a whisky that lovers of those Malts/styles really ought to try.

Score: 85/100

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