Are you ever disappointed reading positive reviews & kind comments regarding a whisky or distillery?
Well Loch Lomond was my moment.
Presented in an attractive triple pack for last years Open Golf Tournament – these 3 whiskies promised ‘innovation & character’.
I got smooth, soft, caramel laden blandness.
It started with Inchmurrin Madeira Cask.
A fudgy caramel nose immediately repulsed me. The palate was far more forthcoming though. Soft fruits danced merrily with a lovely little flourish of gentle prickly spice on the finish.
The Lock Lomond 12yo was a sweet, honeyed, biscuity Single Malt that just lacked character.
I was hoping the peated Inchmoan would save the day.
Any welcome oomph the peat would deliver just got drowned out by soft, smooth blandness on the palate. Only on the finish did a gentle smokiness make it’s presence known.
If I’m looking for caramelly single malts, Ben Bracken offers the same experience at half the price. Their Islay version knocks the socks off Inchmoan.
It’s not often I leave unfinished miniatures behind……………
If throwing caramel at your single malts is ‘innovative’ – forget it.