Loch Lomond produces a variety of styles of whisky, this one is an Inchmurrin. Its been matured for 10 years in a 2nd fill ex-madeira hogshead. Deep, Rich & Dried Fruits profile.
Nose: Straight in with freshly brewed coffee and espresso, this then moves through rich chocolate and into berry fruitiness – raspberries and blackberries – quite jammy. Red apples, refined sugars and bakery aromas provide additional interesting layers. A little water opens up the dram nicely bringing out some walnut nuttiness and natural earthiness.
Taste: Deep, rich, sweet and earthy. Well-defined apples and hedgerow berries mix it up with chocolate cake, tanned leather and light balsamic vinegar. The addition of water makes for a lovely viscosity and filling, slightly oily mouthfeel. It also adds flavours of baked peaches and some darker, well reduced sugars.
Finish: Medium in length and starting sweet with sherbet, caster sugar and lovely fruitiness – this then moves into cask-driven bitterness, which tempers the top end sweeter notes nicely.
More quality from Loch Lomond once again in this rather good Inchmurrin – not only is this very tasty, but it also shows good maturity for its 10 years of age. Taking a few drops of water exceptionally well, this one is certainly worth exploring.