Origin: Highlands (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing cask: Ex-Bourbon refill finished in ex-PX first fill
Added colouring: No
Owner: Dram Mor Group
Average price: € 75.00
Official website: drammorgroup.com
The penultimate representative of the Scottish bottler’s Spring releases, this time I’m featuring a single cask from Loch Lomond, echoing the name once used by the distillery for the peated version of its whisky.
Inchfad is an island to the south east of Loch Lomond, itself the site of a distillery in ancient times.
274 bottles from a former Pedro Ximénez Sherry cask where was finished for six months a whisky from an ex-Bourbon cask, in which it had matured for thirteen years and six months, as always cask strength and without alteration.
The nose has a vegetal peat, with sweet tones with saline and pungent flashes of toasted caramel, plums, baked apple, cloves, cinnamon, almonds and pine nuts. A balsamic breath stretches over the aromas, from which lemon notes emerge at length. Burnt puff pastry.
Peat is immediately introduced to the palate, seasoned with pepper and ginger, with a consistent vein of liquorice root and rhubarb that characterizes an acrid and mellow smoke, of burnt wood. The sweeter tones take a back seat, emerging from the background with nuts and almonds, plums, orange peel. Tobacco and bacon on the length.
The finish is quite long and dry, bitterish, of nuts, candied orange, cloves, charcoal.
A good balance between sweet and bitter, the sherried component smoothes out the roughness of a very vegetal and ashy peat offering a thick dram, with an amusing and intriguing swing of sensations. Not an easy drink, but one that deserves attention.
Reviews of whisky from Loch Lomond in the blog:
Dream Whisky Inverno
Loch Lomond 12yo
Loch Lomond 18yo
Loch Lomond 17yo Organic
Loch Lomond Original
SMWS A shape-shifting chimera
SMWS Tarry Tarry Night
SMWS Uncle Monty Goes Burgling
Reviews of whisky from Dràm Mòr in the blog:
Dràm Mòr Aberlour 7yo
Dràm Mòr Ben Nevis 2012 9yo
Dràm Mòr Dalmunach 2016 5yo
Dràm Mòr Dumbarton 2000 20yo
Dràm Mòr Glen Garioch 8yo
Dràm Mòr Glenrothes 9yo Moscatel Finish
Dràm Mòr Glenrothes 9yo Spanish Red Wine Finish
Dràm Mòr Linkwood 10yo
Dràm Mòr Macduff 2008 13yo
Dràm Mòr Secret Orkney 2008 13yo ex Rum
Dràm Mòr Tomintoul 15yo
Dràm Mòr Tullibardine 5yo