Why Loch Lomond Original Single Malt?
I was initially intrigued by the price point of the dram from a local grocer. In SA we are starved of a variety of interesting drams with sales dominated by the offerings of Pernod Ricard, Diageo and RGBC. When something new at an attractive price point is available, it must be tried!
The bottle has a premium dark green pigmentation similar to the Ardberg 10. Nosing it delivers a heady alcoholic punch which swiftly disappears. Initial notes of sweet caramel and granadilla as its settles with an undertone of burnt toffee. Nosing it creates the impression of something well worth the price point. Given its maturation in American oak casks the lack of expected sherry is surprising as its darkish golden hue is reminiscent of heavy sherry cask influences. Decent leg formations coating the glass.
Swirling before tasting releases more alcohol which quickly dissipates in the nose but does pack a punch. its definitely young and lacks depth and complexity. That being said it’s not all doom and gloom. Initial peat disappears leaving wood shavings, leather, oats and caramel which lingers.
As mentioned earlier it[‘s a young whisky, not pretentious nor is the finish lingering but it’s intriguing almost flirting with you for more. It promises much but it’s one to enjoy for the fleeting sparkle then move on to something with more balance. The other option is to continue with it and by the 4th mouthful it feels smoother as its initial abrasiveness mellows the palette with doses of alcohol and peaty goodness.
Rating: Not buying again
A little history:
Sourced from Loch Lomond
Our own story began in 1772, with the founding of the Littlemill distillery on the site of an old brewery, at Dunglass Castle in Bowling. It is possibly the oldest distillery in Scotland with distilling at this site dating back to the 14th century. It is a few miles from the loch itself with its water source being the Auchentorlie Burn.
The distillery changed hands several times before it was acquired by an American gentleman named Duncan Thomas. He lived in the former exciseman’s house at Littlemill for a while, and went on to build the new Loch Lomond Distillery in Alexandria which is now our home.
The inspiration for the Loch Lomond Distillery comes from the physical beauty of the Highland region in which it is sited. The magnificent Ben Lomond mountain towers above the loch and looks down on the distillery. Its history is steeped in the 7 Celtic Clans that touched Loch Lomond, including the clans of Colquhoun, Mcfarlane, Galbraith, MacAulay (2), Menzies and Buchanan.
Loch Lomond distillery opened in 1964, with production beginning the following year. In 1984 the distillery closed – or fell silent, to use the traditional term. Happily though, Alexander Bulloch and the Glen Catrine company acquired the business and resumed malt production in 1987. Grain whisky production began in 1993 and two new malt stills were added in 1999.
At the time the Grain distillery opened in 1994, it was the only distillery in Scotland producing both Grain and Malt whisky. It also operates a unique set-up of three sets of stills.