Wednesday 31st May..
Event, Loch Lomond Tweet tasting..
Organiser, Steve Rush ( @whiskywire )
Loch Lomond Group..
The ever growing phenomenon of live tastings on twitter just notched another epic tasting thanks to organiser Steve Rush from the Whiskywire and tweet tasting brand on twitter.. This time he linked up with the LochLomond group to bring us 5 fabulous offerings from within the companies umbrella, on the night we were treated to the delightful Inchmurrin 12 year old, Loch Lomond 12 year old, Inchmoan 12year old and the mighty Glen Scotia duo of the 16 year old and new release 25year old..
First up on the night was the Inchmurrin 12, bottled at 46% abv, matured in bourbon casks, refill and re charred casks..
Nose.. Fresh and floral with ooodles of vanilla, toffee, fresh baked apple pie, cinnamon, poached pear, summer fruits, freshly cut grass and damp early morning meadow scents…
Palate.. A little more spicy at first with the fruit taking a stance after a while, citrus notes in the form of orange peel and freshly squeezed juice, cinnamon and ground pepper corns with hints of aniseed and dark chocolate, vanilla and toffee can all be found.
Finish… medium and spicy.
Second dram on the night was the Loch Lomond 12 year old, again bottled at 46% abv and from bourbon casks, refill and re charged casks..
Nose.. The vanilla notes are instantly noticeable with freshly baked fruit tart aromas and hints of spice, orange peel and subtle lemon notes.. Cinnamon, ginger and burnt sugar are all easily found with some rich honey notes.
Palate.. Spicy with a sweet tickle. First up are fruity notes with a twist of gentle oak and a soft peppery note, green apples, poached pear with honey and a subtle hint of marzipan.
Finish.. Soft oak and spices.
Third on the night was the Inchmoan 12 year old, bottled at 46% abv and is one of the peated expressions released from the group..
Nose.. Smouldering wood, ash and of course sweet peat notes, pepper, cinnamon and root ginger all give this some spice notes while orange zest, burnt sugar and dark toffee give it a more balanced side..
Palate.. As above with a little more of the peaty kick.. Fruit and smoke mix quite well with a sweet note just underneath..
Finish.. Smokey and burnt oak.
The fourth dram was a step up in age with the Glen Scotia 16 year old, Initially matured in bourbon casks before finishing in Oloroso casks, this is bottled once again at 46% abv ..
Nose.. The sherry finish shows up instantly on this, dried fruits mix well with vanilla, toffee and caramel notes. Hints of digestive biscuits, coffee grinds and old cigar boxes, Manuka honey gives it an earthy note and Parma violets bring in a floral side..
Palate.. More of those dried fruits, aniseed and strong coffee notes along with chocolate, tobacco and citrus flavours delight the senses..
Finish.. Deliciously rich, fruity with a hint of soft oak.
Last up was the new release from Glen Scotia, a 25 year old, bottled at 48.8% abv and matured in first fill bourbon casks.
Nose.. The nose starts off Soft, light and very floral, with caramel, vanilla and scents of cherry blossom and fresh peeled apples, orange juice and poached pear, honey and faint hints of tobacco leaf, dunnage warehouses and cinnamon.
Palate.. Instantly fruity then your hit by the spices, the palate really comes alive with every thing the nose promised but more intense..
Finish.. Long and warming.
Thoughts.. Yet another great night where all the drams impressed. From the very start the drams were delightful and fresh, the first three drams all 12 years old just proved that you don’t need to break the bank to get good whisky.. The duo from Glen Scotia just showed how great the whisky is from what is a relatively unknown distillery to many.. Glen Scotia is certainly a distillery producing fantastic whisky and it just screams quality to anyone that gets the chance to sample it.. The 16 year old was just a perfect whisky for those quiet nights where you just want to sit back and reflect on things with an elegant whisky while the 25 is certainly more of a whisky for sharing with the best of friends who deserve the finest treatment..
My thanks go out to Steve from the whisky wire for the inclusion on the tasting and to the Loch Lomond group for the fantastic whisky..