Some nice and some not so nice aspects
about this whisky. First of all Loch Lomond must be commended for
presenting their malt in a natural way; also the organic concept is
very laudable and kind of deserves a buy in itself. The quality
though is rather so-so. The nose plays it simple but quite nice, but
on the tongue the malt disintegrates into its parts: The alcohol is
not well integrated and the casks didn't do a proper job.
All in all it's still an okay-ish
whisky. Loch Lomond has an interesting and unusual profile of its
own, but the whisky doesn't quite reach the standard quality of other
Without water: Intense, sweet oatmeal
cookies with vanilla and a touch of lemon rind. Sweet cake dough and
yeast while the malty note in the background only shines through very
lightly. Some banana and peach. Freshly mown lawn. Quite pungent
alcohol. Nutty and slightly sour walnut notes.
With water: More delicate, somewhat
floral, but the oatmeal flavour is still very dominant.
Without water: Sweet and pungent
arrival. Sour apples, grass, yoghurt and oatmeal. Unfortunately the
alcohol feels not very well integrated, because the development of
the malt is quite hot and rough on the palate and the flavour
develops into something chemical.
With water: Softer, the fruity notes
are more prominent, but the development isn't getting much better.
When swallowing the whisky, the alcohol
is much too prominent and too rough. It's only in the finish, about 5
seconds after swallowing, that the whisky gets better again and
compensates its weakness with creamy notes of brioche, raisins and
some orange zest.