LochLomond 18 years old / 46% –
Loch Lomond is one of several single malts produced at the multi-tasking Loch Lomond Distillery. In 2014 the distillery was purchased by Colin Matthews, with financial backing of Exponent Group. The new owner decided to discontinue bottling of some single malts, such as Craiglodge and Glen Douglas, and focused initially on Loch Lomond and Inchmurrin brands. Loch Lomond 18 years old was introduced the early 2000s and remains part of the distillery core range. The latest expression of 18 years old with alcohol content increased to 46% abv was launched in 2016 as part of the newly revamped range. The whisky was aged in white American oak casks.
Nose: malty and oaky, green apples, grapefruits, vanilla, honeyed cereals, milk chocolate, candied fruit, hints of tobacco and peat.
Palate: oaky and peppery, green apples, gooseberries, red currants, caramel, milk chocolate, touch of licorice and fading hints of peat smoke.
Finish: fairly long, oaky and mildly fruity, with notes of tobacco and distant whiffs of smoke.