- Single Malt
- Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)
- Stated Age
- 20 years old
- 58.3 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Added on
- 16 Jan 2010 6:54 pm
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1 member rating
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Whisky Reviews for Inverleven 1972 Lomond SMWS 98.1
4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 80.00 points
- SMWS Tasting Notes: Pale gold in colour, from a plain oak cask. A sharp, light nose which does not alter noticeably with water. Neither peat nor sherry on the nose, though a slight fruitiness, as of peaches. Sweet to start, it is salt to finish, with lots of tannin, from the oak.
- Note by Serge Valentin from whiskyfun.com:
Lomond 1972/1992 (58.3%, Scotch Malt Whisky Society, 98.1) This is that rare bottling of Lomond, one of only two ever done by the honourable SMWS. Lomond was made at Dumbarton, alongside Inverleven, in a Lomond still that’s now at Bruichladdich, where it’s used to make gin (the still is nicknamed Ugly Betty), while Inverleven’s pot stills are in use at Waterford Distillery in Ireland. In a way, Lomond was to Inverleven what Mosstowie was to Miltonduff (more about Mosstowie later). In case you don’t know, a Lomond still is more or less a column fitted to a pot still, and it seems that the one at Inverleven/Dumbarton, so the very one that was used to make this whisky, was the first ever built, although Littlemill had already been using a similar set-up (reflux column). Colour: gold. Nose: starts both quite oaky and a little floral and perfumy, with scents of rose petals and, perhaps, lilies of the valley. That’s the path it’ll follow all along, with whiffs of orange blossom water, and perhaps cranberries and gooseberries. I find it relatively discreet, but water might help. With water: it’s rather oak that comes out more, and it would come with some grass and some, well, some sawdust.
Mouth (neat): it is a whole pack of liquorice allsorts mixed with jelly babies or beans. All flavours are there, but citrus dominates. Orange drops, marshmallows, bubblegum… In a way, it reminds a bit of light style rum, such as some Cubans, but with more fruity flavours. There are even strawberry bonbons. With water: once again, the oak comes to the front, but the fruits won’t give up. All of Haribo’s products, beans, babies, crocodiles, banana or strawberry-shaped sweets, all that. It’s not unpleasant at all, quite the contrary, we’re somewhere between a malt and a grain, if you like. Finish: short to medium, on more or less the same flavours. There’s still some oak, but I do not find the aftertaste too drying. That’s good. There’s a little coconut, though. Comments: it’s extremely rare, but it’s neither Malt Mill, nor Stromness. I mean, I wouldn’t say this whisky’s got a huge personality. But it was very fine, finer than many grain whiskies if you ask me. I’m really glad I could taste this utter rarity, thank you Andrew B.! SGP:630 - 80 points.
- Even I had the honor not to try a sip of this "rarity". A Tasting note to the bottle I have, unfortunately, not found, not even at the Malt Maniacs, the only reference to the SMWS page: the whisky has too little Lowland character. The bottle is a bit too expensive to open a second to procuring and yet it has to offer. So the taste will probably remain relatively unknown.
- A single Lomond still was installed in 1956. This still was fed from the Inverleven wash still and the produce was called Lomond malt whisky. The Lomond still was shut down in 1985 and it is now situated within Bruichladdich distillery. Inverleven has only been bottled regularly by Gordon and MacPhail. To my knowledge only two casks of Lomond malt have been bottled, both by the Scotch Malt Whisky Society. Two bottles of each were then re-bottled in miniature by James MacArthur and Co for private sale within the UK Mini Bottle Club.