Inchmoan

Inchmoan Vintage 1992 Reserve (48.6%, OB, 2017)

Whisky Review: Inchmoan Vintage 1992 Reserve

Category: Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Origin: Loch Lomond Distillery

Bottling: Loch Lomond Group

ABV: 48.6%

Cost: £205 buy from Master of Malt

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What they say:

INCHMOAN VINTAGE 1992

THIS EXCEPTIONAL INCHMOAN SINGLE MALT WHISKY WAS EXCLUSIVELY DISTILLED IN 1992 FROM SCOTLAND’S FINEST INGREDIENTS IN OUR UNIQUE STRAIGHT NECK POT STILL AND COLLECTED AT A HIGH ABV STRENGTH OF 83%.

THE LONG MATURATION IN REFILL BOURBON BARRELS ALLOWS THE SPICE-DRIVEN PEAT AND FRUIT DISTILLERY CHARACTER TO COMBINE WITH THE SOFTER INFLUENCE OF REFILL BOURBON BARRELS TO GIVE A TRULY INTEGRATED, REFINED FLAVOUR. THE RESULT IS AN ELEGANT, RICH SINGLE MALT WITH A BEAUTIFUL BALANCE OF FRUIT AND SPICY PEAT.

NOSE

Gentle medicinal peat and toasted oak, creamy vanilla and herbal peppermint.

PALATE

Balanced and refined. Well integrated flavours of peat and fruit distillery character and subtle wood notes. Sweet medicinal character softly impacts with juicy pineapple before vanilla pods and cinnamon complete the mid-palate.

FINISH

Long warming cinnamon and nutmeg with elegant, rich oak.

What I say:

Released in 2017, this 1992 vintage reserve from Loch Lomond Distillery’s Inchmoan (peated) distillate, named after the island on Loch Lomond. Distilled in 1992 and bottled for release in 2017 would make this ~ 25 years old by my reckoning. Snagged a sample at Glasgow’s Whisky Festival 2017 where I spied it on Loch Lomond’s stand, since sampling the 12 year old Inchmoan during their Twitter Tasting and hearing plenty of rave reviews from other bloggers/industry folk who have been lucky enough to receive or sample this one I was keen to try it.

Appearance:

Dark gold (11/20), quick medium-large tears leave medium-fine legs

Nose:

Peat smoke and shellfish on the nose, sweet and slightly salty like scallop flesh, bbq and seaweed (umami), followed by toffee, malt, vanilla and more peppery and smoky peat.

Taste:

Soft, reduced sugar? (I think sugar softened in butter), toffee, black liquorice, aniseed balls, a touch of germolene, slight iodine or Dettol disinfectant – it is a sort of non-meaty and non-phenolic (i.e. not Islay) peat, mealy cereal barley, mossy and earthy, sugary fudge and cookie dough

Finish:

Medium-long, soft toffee and earthy peat with a touch of menthol crystals

Overall:

Soft non-phenolic peat earthy and robust with a good portion of malt, vanilla and Demerara sugars to help it along. This 1992 vintage is certainly one to savour.

Score: 89/100

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