Loch Lomond Whiskies has unveiled two new single malts – its first heavily peated releases – as part of its collection named after Loch Lomond’s islands.
Inchmoan 12 Year Old and Inchmoan Vintage 1992 take their name from “the island of the peat” in Scots Gaelic. They have been married by master blender Michael Henry to complement the flavour and character of Loch Lomond Distillery’s whiskies.
Inchmoan 12 Year Old is a combination of malt whiskies from the distillery’s traditional swan-neck and unique straight-neck pot stills to create an unconventional peat character with depth, marrying smoke and spiciness.
Matured for 12 years in a combination of re-charred American oak and refill ex-bourbon American oak casks, it imparts sweet vanilla background notes that complement the soft peat style of Loch Lomond’s unique still set-up. It is bottled at 46% ABV and non-chill-filtered, resulting in a smooth taste.
Inchmoan Vintage 1992 is a limited release of a single malt whisky distilled in 1992 in the distillery’s straight-neck pot still and collected at high strength.
Aged for 25 years, the long maturation in refill bourbon barrels allows the spice-driven peat and fruit distillery character to combine with the softer influence of refill bourbon barrels to give an integrated, refined flavour.
The result is an elegant, rich single malt with a beautiful balance of fruit and spicy peat. It is bottled at 48.6% ABV and non-chill-filtered for a smooth taste and natural colour.
Michael 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.”
Inchmoan joins Inchmurrin in the Island Collection which epitomises the diverse range of flavour profiles possible from the distillery’s unique still configuration.
In retail, prices start at £44 for Inchmoan 12 Year Old and at £199 for Inchmoan Vintage 1992.
Tasting notes by Michael Henry
Inchmoan 12 Year Old
Nose: Dry, smouldering peat smoke with vanilla syrup and cracked black pepper.
Palate: Sweet, medicinal peat and smoked bacon lead into roasted coffee bean with spice notes of clove and star anise. Warming spiciness combines with green apple and pear as fruit character develops.
Finish: Long, waxy peat with citrus hop note and gooseberry.
Inchmoan Vintage 1992
Nose: Gentle medicinal peat and toasted oak, creamy vanilla and herbal peppermint.
Palate: Balanced and refined. Well integrated flavours of peat and fruit distillery character and subtle wood notes. Sweet medicinal character softly impacts with juicy pineapple before vanilla pods and cinnamon complete the mid palate.
Finish: Long warming cinnamon and nutmeg with elegant, rich oak.