Etikettarkiv: Loch Lomond review

Loch Lomond Original

ABV: 40 %
Origin: Highlands
Type: Single malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 1
Impression: 3/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is fresh and fruity with a big basket of pears and green apples. Behind the fruits notes of vanilla and honey creates a laid back sweetness. It feels a bit shallow and the distillate comes through as young and with a tiny hint of cardboard. It’s becomes more dense and sweet with time in the glass. It’s easy on the nose but comes off as a bit uninteresting.

Mouth: It’s a bit watery at first, but then it’s becomes quite spicy together with pears, green apples and a hint of watermelon. It’s very bitter at first, but with time it becomes more malty and sweet. The vanilla has disappeared but the honey is still found in the back together with a speck of dust. It’s a tiny bit unpleasant and a little bit dry, even though the oakiness is nowhere to be found yet.

Finish: A savory note comes through together with a very immidiate oakiness. The fruitiness is now turning towards assorted tropical fruits with pineapples as the main feature. It’s dry and astringent and the unpleasant bitterness is still in there. When the bitterness finally subsides the oak and tropical fruits stay for a very nice and tasty finish. This is a good entry level single malt.

Additional information
The Loch Lomond Original is the distillery’s entry level malt in core range. There’s no information on the maturation length or the specific cask type, other than it’s aged in american oak.

Loch Lomond Heavily Peated

ABV: 40 %
Origin: Highlands
Type: Single malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 1
Impression: 2/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is fresh and peaty. At first there’s a big and hebacious peatiness. There’s fresh grass and hay with a back note of ashes and fruits. The fruitiness is undefinable, but leaning towards something like green fruits. There is a generic sweetness within and everything is put closely together without a lot depth and width to it. It feels somewhat young and it lacks the medicinal, coastal notes needed to make peaty youth interesting. It’s a warm, fairly straight forward nose. It’s a one-dimensional but otherwise decent nose.

Mouth: It starts out very mild and sweet with the peat clinging to the sides and the back of the mouth. It’s very round and apologetic about its peat level. The herbacious nature of the peat makes it warm and easy to approach. The ashy note is just not pushing through at this stage. The green fruits are still in there but they are more subdued compared to the nose. It’s still a fairly one-dimensional experience. There is a thin bitterness slowly rising in the back, but it never pushes through or changes anything. Vanilla and honey do arrive after a long while.

Finish: A thin layer of apples and vanilla sits above a savory note in the back. After a second or two the peat returns and now with the ashy notes attached. There still is a grassy hay note floating around and an oakiness sitting in the back with the savory note. It’s a pretty anonymous oakiness but it’s not offensive in any way. The finish is actually not that bad. This is a whisky which lacks some key elements and some depth, but delivers a budget friendly peat punch.

Additional information
The Loch Lomond heavily peated was released in 2020. There’s no information on the maturation length or the specific cask type. It’s PPM level is said to be around 50.