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Inchmoan 12 Year Old Review

10th August 2017
Review of the new peaty Inchmoan 12 year old from the Loch Lomond Distillery's Island Collection.

Inchmoan 12 Year OldInchmoan 12 year old is a new peated single malt whisky from the Loch Lomond distillery's Island Collection of single malts.

The peaty Inchmoan single malt takes its name from one of the many islands found in Loch Lomond and rather appropriately ‘Inch-moan’ is Scottish Gaelic for ‘the island of the peat’ and for centuries, the mainland inhabitants around Loch Lomond used Inchmoan Island as their source of peat fuel for village fires.

Loch Lomond tell me that the new Inchmoan 12 Year Old is a combination of malt whiskies from the distillery’s traditional swan neck and unique straight neck pot stills which has created an unconventional peat character with depth, marrying smoke and spiciness.

It was matured for 12 years in a combination of re-charred American oak and refill bourbon American oak casks, which have imparted sweet vanilla background notes that complement the soft peat style of Loch Lomond’s unique still set up.

Michael Henry, Master Blender at Loch Lomond distillery said: "Our intriguing new Inchmoan expressions have been created to celebrate the history and heritage of the island and are the first heavily peated releases in the Loch Lomond Whiskies range.

"I have selected three different spirits each bringing a unique peat characteristic, whether that’s spicy, medicinal peat or smoky peat, to the Inchmoan 12 Year Old. This combination creates a balanced, complex peat character highlighting some of the softer, spicier peat notes often masked by heavier peat flavours."

The Inchmoan 12 year old is bottled at 46% ABV and is non chill-filtered, it has a RRP of £44 and will be available from specialist online whisky retailers such as Master of Malt

Inchmoan 12 Year Old Review

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose: A gentle vanilla'd ashy smoke and a little candied sweetness.

The sweet ashy peat smoke quickly develops a mild liquorice edge, it is joined by some lovely mouth coating peppery oak spice and there is a delicious gentle candied fruitiness lingering in the background.

Finish: Long, the fruitiness fades first followed by the smoke leaving roasted coffee and a lovely drying gentle oak spiciness.

Comment: A lovely smooth gently peated single malt with a nice touch of pepper and a little fruitiness to add to the pleasure.

SMW Score 85/100


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