Yet another, but for now the last, sample from a The Whisky Exchange exclusive bottling.
In this case it’s an Inchmoan whisky. Inchmoan is one of the brands of Loch Lomond Distillery, in this case the heavily peated version of their distillate. It matured for 12 years in a bourbon cask and became available sometime around the end of summer. As with the recently reviewed Ballechin, it was given to me by TWE, so a big thank you is in order!
Also, similar to the Ballechin, it’s from a distillery that’s making waves recently, after having long since established a reputation for churning out ‘average at best’ whisky. Edradour was known for many cask finishes and pretty shit spirit. Loch Lomond for not standing out from anything and producing very forgettable whisky.
Luckily, they’re doing their utmost in changing themselves around. Edradour mostly with their Ballechin brand (or at least, I’ve not recently had an Edradour to validate the regular turn-out). Loch Lomond by having significantly better cask selection and making a lot of single casks available (the threesome from The Whisky Nerds comes to mind, here and here).
Light, but very smoky, with some bite from the alcohol. The typical notes of grain and wood come through. Apples, straw, very ‘northerly’ with some herbs and fruits.
The finish continues down the smoky path, with a heavy smokiness, but not sharp at all. Oak, barley, apple.
This is a well balanced dram. It has impact but it’s not overpowering and very old fashioned. The spirit is quite light, but that’s what Loch Lomond does. The smoke gives it some weight, and makes it a rather lovely dram. What also helps is that it’s not too expensive for a single cask at £ 75.
Inchmoan 2007-2019, 12yo, Cask #96, 54.9% – The Whisky Exchange’s 20th Anniversary. Available at The Whisky Exchange for £ 75