Loch Lomond 2017

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Grain
Distillery Bottling
2nd fill ex-bourbon
Number of bottles
61.3 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
Southport Whisky Festival Exclusive
Added on
12 jun 2021 9:43 pm by holborndrinker
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

£ 46.00

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Whisky reviews for Loch Lomond 2017

2 users have left 2 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 89.00 points.

  1. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur


    The label proudly advertises this as ‘single grain’,… made from barley of course, and aged [for just four years] in a 2nd-fill ex-bourbon cask.

    C: Not dissimilar [in part] to a young 3yo Ben Nevis I will get to enjoy a few weeks later at CYWL in Brighton [WLP]. Spellbindingly, I can’t put the bottle down. With his typical generosity, Wayne donates the bottle to me, so expect a full bottle review in due course. [+87].



    First up in the tasting pack is a whisky I’ve been praising since my first contact with it on Raasay in August 2021 – WLP[87]. Unconventionally then, we start this tasting with a full bottle review.

    N: Where does one start and where does it end? Tonight, my focus begins with toasted lemonade [whatever that is], BBQed lemons & limes, grilled stone bass [served in a banana leaf],….. dry pan-fried whelks & gherkins in a sweet brine, soil, grit > > compost, Flying Saucers [see pic], carrot tops, Digestives &> Nice biscuits, parsley, a dash of orange juice, joyous liquid yeastiness,..…. so on and so on! What’s most poignant is the complex sweet >savoury-to-sour interplay. Let’s hope this continues on the palate.

    T: Ahh, the joys of oils/fats/esters/aldehydes that non-chill filtration and a high abv help preserve and promote. It is, however, the phenolic quality that sets this one apart, as if a hard gritty~oily phenolic solid has been expertly liquidised into spirit form by a hedonistic alchemist. And yet, it isn’t anything of the viscose sublimity of a 30yo Brora [WLP] or the mind-blowing emotion of a 1950s Bowmore [WLP96]. This youngun’ is a precocious and grubby young thing that has come of age at just 4 years, the underlying spirit retaining an unadulterated purity,… alive, vibrant. From the nose, we do have more of that sweetish=savoury~sour interplay, the phenolic toasted/scorched sweet bourbon-y & sour dry lemon > lime, and burning rubbery tar-like notes suggesting we aren’t a million miles from mezcal.

    F: What a performer. True to form with an ever-faithful savoury/sour toasted peated barley base, a firm if stand-offish bourbon cask making this all possible. A slightly gacky peated heathery aspirin finish reminds you, you’ve been rummaging around in the shady corners of the bathroom cabinet.

    C: I don’t have another whisky quite like it. Despite a month or two of stiff competition, this bottle remained triumphant in its own right. Just one thing to bear in mind. I named it the ‘Gremlin Malt’ at times – don’t add water,…. or was it ‘don’t feed after midnight’?

    Any better 4yo’s, I ask myself? Scanning my ‘whiskies I’ve tried’ database:

    Chita 2011/2014 04yo SMWS G13.1 ‘A Complete Revelation’ [622 bts] 58.3% – (87 – no notes)
    A randomly fascinating and brilliant Glen Moray & Tamdhu 1964 4yo G&M single cask vatting #1036 59.3% [WLP90]
    A Kilchoman or two from their earlier days [+/-87 – no notes]
    A 4yo Dornoch I tried at The Whisky Show 2021 [WLP87]
    Slim pickings indeed. Fine young [3-4yo] whiskies aren’t so frequent in my book.

  2. MaltMusings did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Selected by Michael Henry and bottled exclusively for the Southport Whisky Festival 2021, we are delighted to present a Single Cask, 50PPM Peated Single Grain from Loch Lomond, bottled at cask strength, 61.3%.

    At last year’s virtual festival Michael shared a cask sample of something very similar to this and it turned a lot of heads!

    Cask #730, 2nd fill ex-bourbon, natural colour and non-chill filtered. Distilled April 2017, bottled June 2021, 1 of 247 bottles.

    Floral with sweet medicinal peat and aniseed spice. There is green apple, blackcurrant, some lemon citrus and vanilla before tangy peat and clove spice on the finish.


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