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Inchmoan 10 Years



”We Will Rocks You”


Whisky Review # 931
Country: Scotland
Region: Western Highlands
Brand: Inchmoan (Peated - Around 50 PPM)
Distilled at: Loch Lomond Distillery
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Age: 10 Years
Alcohol By Volume (ABV): 46%
Maturation: Ex-Bourbon American Oak casks
Chill Filtration: No
Price Average: US$ 50 (October 2021)
Price/Quality Ratio: ­čśĹOkay
Buying Advice:­čśö Good on the Rocks but not sufficiently good as a sipping Malt.

Colour: Chardonnay (Artificially Colored)

Nose:

The first impression is that of a Young, Peated Malt. Somewhere between Laphroaig and Glen Scotia or Ledaig. There's definitively a light Maritime character to this Inchmoan and that's a bit of a surprise. The Alcohol is quite noticeable and it feels a bit Thin despite the adequate ABV. I detect a few Salty, Sour, Dairy, Green & Plastic notes. The fruit is hidden behind the Peat.

Main Aromas:

Malted Barley, Salted Caramel, Cold Smoke, Wet Mud, Forest Floor, Grass, Yeast,  Salted Fish/Bacon, Tart Apple, Grapefruit, Gooseberry, Lemon, Plastic, Herbs de Provence, Cardboard Boxes, White Chocolate, Mint and Nutmeg.
    
Supportive Aroma Accents:

Vanilla, Coconut, Iodine, Tar, Brine, Wet Rocks, Mandarin, Pear, Rubber, Dusty Oak, Iron, Leather, Tobacco, Cinnamon, Camembert, Almond Oil and Licorice.


Palate
:


Young. A mix of Bitter, Sweet, Sour, Salty and Green notes. A little Rubber and PVC Pipes as well. Remarkably Dry. The Alcohol is quite noticeable.

Main Flavours:

Malted Barley, Salted Caramel, Cold Smoke, Wet Earth, Brine, Salted Fish/Bacon, Wet Newspaper, Wet Rocks/Sand, Lemon, Mandarin, Gooseberry, Grapefruit, Tart Apple, Herbs de Provence, Camembert, Yeast and Pepper.  

Supportive Flavour Accents:

Vanilla, Tare, Ashes, Soot, Iodine, Iron, Salted Almonds, White Chocolate, Nutmeg,  Cinnamon, Iron and Tobacco.

Finish:

Middle-Long. A mix of Sweet, Bitter, Sour & Salty notes. The Alcohol is very present I'm afraid. Quite Dry after a while. The Young feeling remains right until the end. I find Malted Barley, Salty Caramel, Vanilla, Salted Almonds, Cold Smoke, Wet Mud, Wet Rocks/Sand, Wet Newspaper, Iodine, Soot, Rubber, Ashes, PVC Pipes, Stewed Apples, Grapefruit, Lemon, Mandarin, Gooseberry, Dried Herbs de Provence, Dusty Oak, Salted Bacon/Fish, Camembert, Tobacco, White Chocolate, Pepper, Nutmeg & Mint.

Drinking Advice:

I added a bit of Water and that helps to calm down the Alcohol. But you're left with a Peppery, Peaty Vodka. So better sip it neat or, preferably, on the Rocks.

Rating: 83

Nose: 21 - Taste: 21 - Finish: 20.5  - Overall: 20.5

Drinking Experience Neat: Okay/Good

Drinking Experience on the Rocks: Good

Conclusion:

The modern Loch Lomond Distillery was constructed in 1965 by Littlemill Distillery Company but Whisky has been distilled on the shores of Loch Lomond since 1814. In 2014 it was sold to Exponent Private Equity and, finally, in 2019 to Hillhouse Capital Management. Loch Lomond uses four types of Stills including Straight Neck Pot Stills and a Single Grain Coffey Still. It produces both Single Malt & Single Grain Whisky. Around 2,8 million litres of the first and 2 million litres of the latter. Loch Lomond possesses two sub-Brand Names namely Inchmurrin for Fruity and Sweet Malt and Inchmoan for Peated and Spicy Malt. Inchmoan uses a combination of Malt Whisky from their traditional Swan neck pot still and the straight neck pot still.

In general I'm not too fond of Young Single Malts that present a relatively high ABV and/or are heavily peated. On many occasions these features try to hide the Youth and the indifferent Cask management. I feel that's very likely the case here with this Inchmoan. Unfortunately the peat conceals most of the Fruity notes as well. It's not really a bad Single Malt and the Rubber/Plastic/Iron off-notes are within limits. But the reasons mentioned above do prevent this Inchmoan from being a truly enjoyable sipping Malt. On the Rocks it's just fine though and that's the way I'm going to enjoy this bottle of Inchmoan!

Cheers!

Jan van den Ende                                                                         October 6, 2021

Loch Lomond Review



Country: Scotland 
Region: Highlands
Brand: Loch Lomond
Type: Single Malt Whisky
Age: NAS 
ABV: 40 %

Colour:  Gold/Amber

Nose: Quite Light. I find Toast with a Butter/Margarine Mixture, Bitter Wood (Shavings), Sweet Barley, Resin and a little Caramel, Heather, Vanilla, and Leather. A bit Musty as well. This is mostly Grain and Wood. Not very interesting.

Palate: Soft and Bitter Sweet with Sweet Barley, Sugar, Nuts, Licorice, Lemon-Pepper and Menthol.

Finish: Dry and Middle-Long with Lemon, Sugared Nuts, Dried Fruits (Raisins and Currants), Menthol and Cocoa Powder.

I added a bit of water and the Nose becomes a mixture of Grains and Caramel with a bit of Margarine on top. More Mint and Menthol on the Palate. The Finish gets a bit watery. There's room to experiment with a few drops.

Rating: 74

Nose: 19 - Taste:  18- Finish: 18.5 - Overall: 18.5


General Remarks: The Loch Lomond distillery was built in 1965. It closed between 1984 and 1987. It is currently owned by Glen Catrine Bonded Warehouse Ltd in Alexandria, Scotland. In various types of stills the distillery produces both Grain - and Malt whiskies under a variety of Brand names such as Croftengea, Inchmurrin, Inchmoan, Craiglodge, Inchfad, Old Rhosdhu, Scots Earl and High Commissioner. Remember the stories and films of Tintin? Check it out, Captain Haddock's favourite whisky was the Loch Lomond!

Drinking Experience Neat: Average

Conclusion: Not interesting enough for a Single Malt. It's not very expensive at around 35 US Dollars but still. The Nose is very light and mainly consists of Grain and Wood. Soft and Bitter-Sweet on the Palate. The Finish is actually slightly more interesting on account of the somewhat refreshing Menthol and Mint notes, especially when a couple of drops of Water are added. On the whole however we can archive this one for always and ever. I'm sorry Captain Haddock!

Jan van den Ende                                                                    February 16, 2013