Loch Lomond Signature (40%, OB, 2020)
- ABV: 40%
- Age: NAS
- Bottling: OB
- Category: Blended Scotch Whisky
- Cost: £25
- Origin: Loch Lomond Distillery
- Vintage: Undeclared
What they say
LOCH LOMOND SIGNATURE IS A DELUXE BLENDED WHISKY, WHICH AFTER A LONG AND SLOW MATURATION,
IS THEN MARRIED AND CONDITIONED IN OUR 100 BARREL CASK SOLERA. THE SOLERA SYSTEM COMBINES
OLOROSSO SHERRY CASKS AND AMERICAN OAK CASKS THAT HAVE BEEN RECHARRED TO CREATE
AN INTENSITY AND SMOOTHNESS UNIQUE TO LOCH LOMOND.
Official tasting notes:
- Nose: Very aromatic, fortified wine-style nose. Plump rich sultana with subtle but vinous sherried tinges. Not overpowering but clear and direct. Almost a smoky quality once the darker fruit notes subside.
- Palate: A surprisingly malty firm palate. This structure remains throughout but with layers of ripe pears with cinnamon, ginger and dark sugar notes, each taking their turn to appear as the palate develops. Mild hints of dried fruits finish this off. The maltiness is chewy in quality and effect
- Finish: On the finish the dried fruit notes take on an almost blackcurrant tone, more astringent, the sweetness curbed by notes of lemon tartness towards the end.
What I say
Starting off a run through some Loch Lomond distillery sampling acquired during a visit their with Tom of Toms Whisky Reviews and their brand ambassador Ibon. Externally Loch Lomond is a grey (or black) box to most people. Built mostly inside a Victorian era ex-Dye works, they have stuffed the inards with every type of still imaginable and then bolted a grain distillery on the side just for fun. Currently Loch Lomond are capable of producing the most diverse styles and types of whisky of any distillery and a tour round it was like visiting Willy Wonka’s Whisky Factory for me. This is their signature blend made most likely from Malt and Grain whisky made on-site (replacing their older blue packaged “Single Blend”) .
My tasting notes:
- Appearance: Full amber gold (10/20), numerous medium-fine tears, medium legs.
- Nose: Fragrant spiced and sweet, floral sherry, leather, dried fruits, raisin, milk chocolate, chamomile, damson, oil-seed rape honey.
- Taste: Smooth, vanilla and caramel, butterscotch, raisin and chocolate, soft/well milled black pepper, some cinnamon and sweet aniseed balls.
- Finish: Medium, sweet with a hint of drying leather, sours into grapefruit and lime.
A very well constructed blend, sweet and sour, more than a touch of dusty oak and plenty of sherry influence. This feels like a blended whisky designed to be taken neat.
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