Origin: Highlands (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing casks: Ex-Bourbon first fill, refill and recharred
Added coloring: Yes
Owner: Loch Lomond Distillers (Hillouse Capital Group)
Average price: € 45.00
Official website: www.lochlomondwhiskies.com
We climb the steps of the Highland distillery’s ageing process with the first declared ageing bottling in my hands.
The twelve years spent in ex-Bourbon casks have been divided between first-fill, second-fill and ‘recharged’, as stated on their website.
This is a type that, if you do a bit of research on the web, is associated practically only with this bottle, which suggests that it may actually be a typo, instead of ‘recharred’, which is the process whereby used casks are burnt inside to actually recharge them.
Perhaps this isn’t a typo but a desire to express the same concept in an original way: be that as it may, I personally choose the more familiar way to avoid confusion.
The alcohol content is raised to 46% (good), while maintaining false colouring and chillfiltration (bad), but in the end it’s all about aesthetics: we are to drink, not to look at details!
A veil of yeast is complemented by notes of malt and shortbread, green apple, unripe banana, a touch of anise and a splash of lemon. At times, impressions of wet dog. A decidedly young nose, simple and direct, not very prone to pandering, but not banal.
A spicy touch in the mouth, which announces a more full-bodied and soft whisky on the palate, where the sweet tones make themselves felt with apple tart, butter, toasted cane sugar, vanilla and a hint of liquorice. More lemon juice. Rather dry thanks to the persistence of wood in the background, with marked notes of cereals and malt. Doesn’t show any particular evolution, remaining coherent in the soul until the last sip.
The finish is medium-long and dry, woody, with nuts, a light touch of salt, vanilla and apples.
This whisky is certainly not to be sniffed at, but it more than holds its own in the mid-range with aromas and sensations incisive enough to give it personality without standing out. It shows fewer years than those declared, but in the end it doesn’t wear them badly.
Reviews of Loch Lomond whisky in the blog:
Dràm Mòr Inchfad 2007 14yo
Dream Whisky Inverno
Loch Lomond 17yo Organic
Loch Lomond 18yo
Loch Lomond Original
SMWS A shape-shifting chimera
SMWS Tarry Tarry Night
SMWS Uncle Monty Goes Burgling