Whisky Focus - Loch Lomond Group Whiskies Goes Platinum At San Francisco Comp

Loch Lomond Group Whiskies Goes Platinum At San Fran Comp


7th April 2020
Loch Lomond Group records twelve separate medals in total at the 2020 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

Lomond 12 Year Old Single Malt - San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2020 platinum medal winner.If you are one of the many whisky lovers who is currently locked down at home and you are on the lookout for something new to try to perk you up during this time then why not check out the range of single malts which the Loch Lomond Group has to offer, the groups portfolio of single malts has recently enjoyed one of its most impressive sets of results at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, receiving twelve separate awards, including two coveted platinum medals for its Loch Lomond 12 Year Old Single Malt and Glen Scotia 25 Year Old Single Malt.

This was the 20th San Francisco World Spirits Competition, one of the most respected and influential awards in the industry, which this year received over 3,000 entries. The platinum medals were introduced last year and recognise brands that win a Double Gold or Best in Class for three consecutive years. This year only seven platinum medals were awarded across the entire Scotch category. To date only 17 platinum medals have been awarded across all categories in the competition.

Ten further awards were collected, including Double Gold for both Loch Lomond Inchmurrin 12 Year Old and Loch Lomond 18 Year Old; four gold awards for Glen Scotia Double Cask, Glen Scotia Victoriana, Glen Scotia 18 Year Old and Loch Lomond Inchmoan 12 Year Old; and four silvers for Glen Scotia 15 Year Old, Loch Lomond Original, High Commissioner Blended Scotch and Ben Lomond Gin.

John Grieveson, Chief Marketing Officer, Loch Lomond Group commented: "We are extremely proud to have received such a strong set of results at the 2020 San Francisco World Spirits Competition this year, and weíre especially pleased to have received two platinum awards for Loch Lomond 12 Year Old, such a central expression in our Loch Lomond Whisky range, and for our Glen Scotia 25 Year Old Single Malt. Itís a real testament to the skill of the team, headed up by our Master Distiller Michael Henry, who work so hard to ensure that our range consistently delivers whiskies of the very highest quality.

"In these challenging times for everyone, itís a very welcome boost for the whole team to receive this level of recognition from such a prestigious awards body."

You will find the current Loch Lomond Group whisky ranges including Loch Lomond, Inchmurrin and Glen Scotia single malts available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange, The Whisky Shop and Master of Malt
 

Loch Lomond 12 Year Old Review


Matured in a combination of three types of cask, Bourbon, Refill and Recharged casks and then brought together and bottled at 46% ABV.

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose:  Sweet malt and candied pear, a little lemon and some spice in the background.

Taste: Deliciously sweet, fresh and rich mouth coating fruit, candied pear and lemon, a touch of vanilla and a mild touch of ginger.

Finish: A lovely longish finish. Crisp sugar and fruit fade to leave some oaky digestive biscuit and that little touch of ginger.

Comment: A deliciously sweet fruity malt with just a touch of gentle spice, loved it. Great to see Loch Lomond turning out such quality whisky and at a very drinkable price. A thoroughly enjoyable malt whisky, don't overlook it.

SMW Score 91/100
 

Loch Lomond Inchmurrin 12 Year Old Review


Similar to the Loch Lomond 12 the Inchmurrin 12 was matured in a combination of three types of cask, Bourbon, Refill and Recharged casks but it is definitely a different whisky, bottled at 46% ABV.

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose:  A mix of grapefruit, pear, honey and toffee.

Taste: The toffee and grapefruit from the nose is joined by a little butterscotch. A lovely Demerara sugar sweetness boosts the pleasure, some vanilla and touch of orange joins the procession but are beaten back by the grapefruit.

Finish: A longish finish, the grapefruit is still hanging in there, a little peppery, some fudge and mildly drying oak spice.

Comment: After the superb Loch Lomond 12 year old I had high hopes for this, although I can't fault it, it isn't quite in the same league as the Loch Lomond 12 for quality and pleasure.

According to Loch Lomond it was matured in the same combination of three types of cask, Bourbon, Refill and Recharged casks as the standard Loch Lomond 12 year old was but it is definitely a different whisky and obviously the proportion of of each cask in the mix for the Inchmurrin was quite different from that of the standard Loch Lomond 12. The Inchmurrin is still an enjoyable dram but for the price it is difficult to look past the Loch Lomond 12 but still worth a try on your whisky journey.

SMW Score 82/100
 

Loch Lomond Inchmoan 12 Year Old Review


Matured for 12 years in a combination of re-charred American oak and refill bourbon American oak casks, bottled at 46% ABV.

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

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

Taste:
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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