Inchmoan 12yo & 1992 Vintage

Loch Lomond Whisky

A couple of months ago I touched on just how varied the distillation processes and styles of spirit produced at Loch Lomond Distillery are. With pot stills, so-called ‘straight necked pot stills’ (Lomond stills?) and continuous stills, this distillery has the ability to produce quite a range of flavours and characteristics in both it’s malt spirit and grain spirit. Recently, they’ve added a couple of expressions to their Island Collection series under the ‘Inchmoan’ brand. Each brand in the Island Collection has being named after particular islands on Loch Lomond (see the photo of the loch above).

‘Inchmoan’ is Gaelic for ‘the island of the peat’ and so I’m pretty confident what style their new 12yo and 1992 Vintage bearing this name will be. The 12yo consists of spirit combined from their regular pot stills and straight necked pot stills, whereas the 1992 Vintage is created from whisky which was solely distilled in their straight necked pot stills. Here goes…

Inchmoan 12yo
Loch Lomond Distillery
46% ABV
£44 here

Nose: Mint, rockpools and charred limes to start with, then there’s bandages and germoline along with some peppered oatcakes, sweet soot, faint aniseed and clean, dry woodsmoke.

Palate: Pepper, ash, and dry peat smoke hit me first, followed by sherbet limes, orange peel, smoked pineapple, apple core and a touch of salt.

Finish: Soft peat smoke and some charred logs.

Inchmoan 1992 Vintage
25yo
Loch Lomond Distillery
48.6% ABV
£205 here

Nose: Initially very herbaceous, with lavender, heather, and gorse. Then there’s slate, wet sand, lime peel and very gentle peat smoke.

Palate: Ginger, Parma Violets, Turkish Delight, rosewater and fresh bread give this a very light, sweet and floral start. Then there’s dry peat smoke, smoked ham, balsamic vinegar and more herbal notes.

Finish: A citrusy sweetness keeps the lingering peat smoke and smouldering logs in check.

Overall: Well whaddaya know, two rather enjoyable drams. The 12yo is balances a nice sweetness with some pretty big peaty notes whereas the 1992 brings some rather tasty floral and herbaceous things to the table along with some more restrained smoke. A couple of drams for those who appreciate smoky whisky, but aren’t absolute peat freaks.

Tiger

 

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