The Inchmurrin range is currently quite compact. It consists of just two age statements - 12 and 18 year old alongside an NAS in the form of Inchmurrin Madeira Wood Finish. The 12 year old is composed of three different cask types – ex-bourbon, refill and recharred and is bottled at 46% ABV.
Nose: Garden-fresh and immediately fruity. A big waft of pear drops hits home first and is supported by crisp grassiness – cut reeds, wet hay, leafy greens. A short period of resting really does this nose justice – there’s deeper fruitiness now – nectarines, mangos and toffee apples. Throughout, split vanilla pod and sweetness from barley sugars. The addition of water adds further sweetness – a touch of honey, iced buns and freshly made pastries. It also brings out the aroma of charred wood (no prizes for guessing where that comes from).
Taste: A reasonable arrival that delivers a good mix of fruit and florals – it feels quite in step with the nose. Slightly more tropical now, with peaches, mangos leading, and supported by deeper maltiness, tree sap and ginger. In the back palate, there’s an interesting flavour – it’s one I’ve associated with Inchmurrin in the past – soured fruit and grainy solvent. Slightly strange, but rather a calling card for this distillate. Reduced, its very easy to wash this one out, so go very carefully – only a few drops are needed. They introduce melon, kiwi and heightened mango, as well as emphasising the use of ex-bourbon casks, with some pronounced vanilla.
Finish: Short to medium and steadily drying – focussing on fruits and grasses, with hints of underlying maltiness.
Inchmurrin 12 year old really benefits from a drop of water – but it’s a temperamental one – so I’d recommend a pipette or teaspoon. It’s highly fruity – probably because of the incredibly high ABV it’s possible to achieve through the use of Lomond stills. A few drops of water emphasises this characteristic even further. Overall, its light and easy-going and also relatively reasonably priced at just over £40. I remember trying this one a few years back before it’s rebranding as an ‘Island Collection’ whisky – this seems much improved.