Loch Lomond 2001 Whisky Shop Exclusive

Loch Lomond Whisky

Pot stills, Lomond stills, continuous stills… Loch Lomond distillery has them all, and half a dozen or so different whisky brands to go with them; Loch Lomond, Inchmurrin, Inchmoan, Old Rhosdhu, Craiglodge, Inchfad…

Anyway, The Whisky Shop have bottled a 2001 single cask Loch Lomond which has spent all its life maturing in French Limousin oak. Not sure I’ve tried too many single cask Loch Lomonds before, particularly Limousin oak single casks, but here goes.

Loch Lomond 2001 b.2017
Limousin Oak Single Cask
Whisky Shop Exclusive
384 bottles
56.5% ABV
£85 here

Nose: Very floral, with lavender, geranium, gorse and Parma Violets. Some Turkish Delight, sherbet dib dabs, pink wafers and milk chews too, then bourbon biscuits, dough, malt and some singed heather.

Palate: Big spice initially – ginger, cinnamon and mustard seeds. Then the sweet, floral notes surge forward, with more Parma Violets, fresh laundry, and orchard fruits. Then the bready, Weetabix notes return with some cask char.

Finish: Again, very floral and herbaceous with a touch of dry wood smoke.

Overall: A very interesting whisky and I’m sure a lot of people would enjoy it but it’s a bit too floral for me. The Limousin oak has certainly made it’s mark on the liquid, and it’s a very different beast from most other Loch Lomond whiskies I’ve tried. The big spice is there and is tempered by the sweet floral and malty notes. Strange stuff, but in quite a pleasant way.



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