About the Distillery
Today’s Loch Lomond distillery (producer of the Inchmurrin 12 year old) began production in 1965 and ran until 1984 when it was mothballed. Re-opening in 1987, it was expanded in 1993 by the installation of 2 new malt stills and a grain distillery. It was the first distillery in Scotland to produce both grain and malt is one of only two today that do so (Girvan Distillery being the other). It remains the only distillery in Scotland to run 3 sets of stills.
Loch Lomond is one of the few distilleries to incorporate a cooperage in the distillery. Casks are made, repaired and fired in-house. This gives Loch Lomond distillery complete control of all facets of distilling – from milling the malted barley right through to the wood it is aged in.
One more piece of Loch Lomond trivia – it is the favourite whisky of Captain Haddock from the Tintin books. I knew I’d heard the name long before in my distant childhood. Sadly though – it cannot be the same Loch Lomond [as we will be tasting] as the Tintin books were written well before the current Loch Lomond Distillery was built. BLUE BLISTERING BARNACLES!
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Bottlers Tasting Notes
The Inchmurrin 12 year old single malt has a deep fruity character of peach and pear layered with a vanilla sweetness and the characteristic hints of peat and smoke found in Loch Lomond whiskies.
Nose: Crisp green apple, ripe pear and refreshing citrus lemon with background notes of golden cereal.
Palater: Orchard fruits and lemon meringue. The deep fruity character of pear lead into citrus lemon, vanilla meringue and light biscuit sweetness.
Finish: Medium length with gentle wood smoke and a lingering peaty tang.