New Loch Lomond 2010 exclusive bottling from The Whisky Exchange!
Selected by the team at The Whisky Exchange and available exclusively from them, this distillery bottling shows off the fruity character of Loch Lomond’s spirit, and how the distillery’s team amplify those flavours throughout the whisky making process.
The creation of the whisky’s character starts early in production, with the team using a wine yeast known for producing high quantities of esters – compounds that lead to fruity flavours and aromas – to ferment the wort.
The resulting wash was distilled using Loch Lomond’s unique straight-necked pot stills and collecting a narrow cut of spirit at high strength, again concentrating the fruity flavour compounds.
This was then matured in a first-fill ex-bourbon barrel, a smaller size of cask that gives more oak influence, giving the final whisky a complex character, combining the fruitiness of the spirit with sweet vanilla and spice from the wood.
The Whisky Exchange has kindly sent me a sample to try (Thanks @WhiskyExchange!).
So, what did I think? Here are my tasting notes …
Tasting Notes – Loch Lomond 2010, 10 Years Old Cask #849 (57.7%)
– 241 bottles available
– Buy Now: £62.95 (70cl)
Nose: Orchards of crisp, crunchy, green apples! Blended with creamy vanilla, fresh pastry and white wood. There’s also hints of citrus, orange and some toffee which wanders along later.
Palate: Syrupy, cooked apples with a sugar dusting – delightful!
Finish: Lip-smacking chilli spice which is coupled with an apple pie finish that sure takes your breath away! Some liquorice and maybe a hint of blackcurrant. It’s a long finish that ends with a tannin dryness.
Overall: Plenty of punch to this one! It’s both fruity and spicy and each one assails the taste buds full on!
You might want to add a few drops of water to this dram to tone the chilli down a bit – it can take it!
All-in-all a cracking dram that has plenty to offer for fruit and spice fans alike!