Drinks By The Dram Scotch #WhiskyAdvent Calendar door four hid a rather unknown single malt. The island in the middle of the Loch Lomond, where in the old days the peat for the neighbouring villages came from, lends its name to this 12 year old single malt from the versatile Loch Lomond distillery. A heavily peated version of the Inchmurrin whisky, also named after one of the islands in the Loch and a whisky from the same distillery.
Nose: slight sour tangerine is the first I am thinking of. It is similar to lemon, but it is just not that. Quite grainy too, as if it has just come from the still and has not seen a cask yet, which is a bit odd, and obviously, not true. Fro something named “heavily peated”, it only reveals a hint of smoke, but quite a hefty medicinal note – like a band-aid, ready to be torn off
Palate: a firm palate, spice-wise. Dried ginger and mint, and that crossing between the tangerine and lemon again – I will call it kumquat from now on. A touch of sweetness like we find in vanilla and caster sugar comes through too
Finish: medium short, a touch of sweet liquorice and a touch of smoke, just a tad stronger that I could find in the nose or on the palate.
Conclusion: okay stuff, although the nose is a bit odd and doesn’t immediately invite me to explore more. Palate and finish are much nicer, but for me, it feels a bit young. I am curious to try something (quite) a bit older of with a different (more active) cask management, to see what that can do to the spirit.