Info: Loch Lomond Single Grain Scotch Whisky. Distilled with malted barley (like a single malt), but distilled in a coffey still rather than the usual pot still, hence why it has to be called Single Grain. Non Chill Filtered, 46% abv.
Colour: Light summer straw with golden sunlight.
Nose: Light but oily, packed full of sweet citrus tones and a little grist. Candy floss. Backed up by a little american oak, and the nutty notes that can bring with it. Slightly buttery.
Palate: Oily and buttery, with plenty of sweetness and hints of spice. There’s a slight metallic note to it which soon fades. Hints of wispy smoke, probably from cask char along with spices.
Finish: The finish is fairly long, the oils sticking around for ages. The citrus flavours from the nose reappear here quite a lot, with the buttery notes also sticking around for a long while with a slightly herbal quality to them.
Thoughts: This is a really interesting dram, it’s as close as dammit to a single malt, but the slightly different distillation prevents it from being called that. It’s quite fun to see if you’re able to detect the very subtle changes that the different process has introduced.
Available: Keep an eye on Master of Malt and other online retailers, it’ll be released soon! No RRP info to hand as of time of posting.
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Food: This pairs well with Tunnocks Caramel Wafers, it brings out green apples notes from the whisky.
Thanks to Loch Lomond and The Whisky Wire for the sample.
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