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Inchmurrin 18-year-old

Overall rating
83.54/100
votes
70
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Island Collection
Bottled
2015
Stated Age
18 years old
Casktype
Bourbon, Refill & Re-charred Casks
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5016840157212
Added on
04 Oct 2015 3:14 pm by Erik Elixer
Non-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 73,65

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Whisky Reviews for Inchmurrin 18-year-old

10 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.54 points

  1. midnite scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Simple, but enjoyable. A straight-up one-two punch of juicy fruits and spicy oak. Not bad at all, and much better than the contemporary Loch Lomond 18 (though less interesting than the 12-year-old Inchmurrin).
    • Nose
      A bit shy at first. Then suddenly, there's a blast of strawberry and vanilla ice cream, followed by hay and other grassy notes. Freshly cut carrots, but also a vegetal mustiness. Then one is reminded of herbal liqueurs like Chartreuse or absinthe, perhaps even liquorice-flavored Ouzo. Peppermint! Finally, old leather. Intermittently, a less attractive, alcoholic smell comes through: cleaning fluids or nail polish remover. Some musty caramel notes. Overall, it's peculiar, but not repulsive.
    • Taste
      Immediately juicy, with green grapes and squished pears. Not a lot happening on the mid-palate, apart from some beetroot and minty sweetness; then it's on to a hugely spicy, oaked-up finale.
    • Finish
      Ends on wasabi paste and prickly oak. On the short side.

  2. markjedi1 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Tannins

    As Inchmurrin is distilled in a Lomond Still with a straight neck – hence caught at a surprisingly high ABV of around 83 to 85% - it remains very fruity (which is also due to the extremely long fermentation time). This matured for 18 years and comes in the new packaging that looks much more stylish (I think) than the wild disco cows. Inchmurring, by the way, is named after the largest island in the Loch Lomond.

    Ouch, this nose is surprisingly oaky, I have to say. Loads of wood, that seriously hamper the fruit. Reminds of whole meal bread, wood shavings and nuts. Breakfast pastry. Oranges and caramel. The spices even remind me of the oriental kitchen.

    On the palate… loads of tannins, that’s just the way it is. Then quite a few wood spices such as ginger, liquoirice, upholstered with cocoa and aspartaam – what a pity. Hint of caramel and chocolate. Rather dry. Orange rind. Pineapple.

    The finish is long, but too bitter and dry to be enjoyable.

    I’ll have two of the new 12 Year Old instead, thank you very much.

  3. Macheye scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Inchmurrin 18 year old is sweeter and perhaps more complex than the younger 12 year old entry-level bottling. The light, and fresh spirit character comes through very strongly here – but it’s less overtly fruit-driven than the Inchmurrin 12 and likewise, considerably more expensive at over £80 a bottle as of writing. Tastes of course vary, but irrespective of price, I’d still probably chose the brighter and crisper younger bottling myself – it just feels more in step with the underlying character of this particular Lomond distillate.

    https://www.thedramble.com/tastings/loch-lomond/inchmurrin-18-year-old/
    • Nose
      Quite sweet and sugary - toffee apples and aromatic spicing to commence – supported by maple syrup, chocolate digestive biscuits, cinnamon buns and fresh-baked pastries. Natural grassiness runs throughout – freshly mown lawns, green twigs and golden malts. Reduced, this becomes sweeter still – orange peels, barley water and almonds all coming out to play.
    • Taste
      A textured mouthfeel on arrival – slightly syrupy. Toffee, coffee grounds and dark chocolate are joined by bourbon biscuits, ginger spicing and sour gummy sweets. In the mid to back palate there’s an interesting (albeit slightly strange) acridness – part nutty, part vanilla/oak, part paint thinners – it’s hard to isolate, but becomes increasingly bitter and charred. The addition of water brings out much more cask influence – vanilla, sappy oak and tree resin. It’s also a touch more floral – lilies and camomile.
    • Finish
      Medium to long in length, with coffee beans, chocolate malts and a steady sense of dryness.

  4. Sandman scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Raisins, chocolate, nutmeg, orange, peach, banana, brown sugar, dried grass, melon, pineapple and flower honey.
    • Taste
      Raisins, banana, peach, melon, brown sugar, grapefruit, pineapple, orange, oak, hay, heather and honey.
    • Finish
      Medium, cereal, grapefruit, bitter chocolate, nutmeg, orange peel, hay and flower honey.

  5. Cubey666 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Overall quite a nice dram, but it misses for me a bit a wow-factor to be really special. 
    • Nose
      A lovely sweet and spicy nose, i smell maple syrup, oranges and with some cacao with a nice wooden basic line.
    • Taste
      quite round, warming and somewhat spicy. feels somewhat dry in the mouth. It follows the nose, sweet with chocolate. as well as some nutty and grassy notes. Later on some bitterish pith is present too (the white stuff of oranges / tangerines)
    • Finish
      medium long, milkchocolate with red fruits with some hints of nailpolish remover. the pith is present here too, after giving it some air to breath

  6. jazzpianofingers scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2018/03/22/malt-n-copper-loch-lomond/

    The LL group bought all the names of the islands in the surrounding area for future branding use. Inchmurrin is the biggest of those islands. This whisky is made exclusively from their hybrid pot still with a column on top that consists of 17 plates. With reflux occurring within each plate and a water jacket on top acting as a mini condenser, this process maximises the oils and produces a spirit at 85% abv, reduced to 65% before being casked.

    N: Shares a similar pong to the 12yo, but here it lifts with time. Thai flavours, a sherry hue [is there a little sherry influence here?], pastry-like sawdust, pastry’s - maple pecan,... all good things.
    T: Waxy/fatty pastry’s, ginger cake, butterscotch, spice, pong,.. 
    F: Drying yet with more fattiness and more of a malty pong.
    C: Individualistic style, though perversely, Mortlach-esque throughout.Scores a C+

  7. Rien scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  8. Corso_theRed scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Exciting nose, beautiful palate. What’s not to like? Never cared too much for either Loch Lomond, Inchmurrin or their various other series. This intrigued me enough to pursue their expressions further – particularly their single casks. 
    • Nose
      Resinous and sweet, ground bark and sap. Raspberries, oranges and peppermint, followed by associations of musty cocoa powder. This is full of oak! Although balanced nicely by bright and vibrant fruit notes.
    • Taste
      Juicy forest fruit, sweet and tannic – imagine artificial sweetener. Very tame on the alcohol – quaffable stuff indeed. Chocolaty, tannic, and – oddly enough – caramelized cucumber.
    • Finish
      Medium. White and red fruits, as well as milk chocolate.

  9. hs305 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    [May, 2017]  I just did a private tour of Loch Lomond distillery, one of the very last sites I have not been in the stillhouse so far.  The tour was done very professionally by Ibon and clarified a lot of my questions about this fascinating distillery that produces so many different styles of whisky under one roof.  So this is a good reason to do some reviews of their current product range.

    Inchmurrin is the unpeated malt whisky that is distilled in the very special Lomond style stills (they call it the Inchmurrin stills, of course) at Loch Lomond distillery.  In their necks 17 different copper plates are installed at various positions that allow different cut-off points during distillation.  For the production of this Inchmurrin malt they cut-off once at traditional 63-68% for a more fruity and oily spirit as well as at unusual 83-85% for a more grassy, peppery and floral distillate.

    The nose is sweet, fruity and mellow.  And nicely balanced, I like that.  It arrives in the mouth warming and a little peppery, but unfortunately no coating feeling takes place.  The palate is of a sweet and nutty profile that turns later into grassy and spicy notes.  Some hints of bitter chocolate too, and it gets a little drying (cold ashes).  The finish is of medium length and sweet, but gets slightly bitter in the end (not unpleasantly).  Easy to drink stuff at an okayish price...
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  10. martinni scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

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