Inchmurrin 18-year-old

Overall rating
83.59/100
votes
201
Whiskybase ID
WB72658
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 3:32 pm by Erik Elixir
Non-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 72.72

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Whisky reviews for Inchmurrin 18-year-old

42 users have left 44 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 83.59 points.

  1. didi1893 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Nasally, this malt is still relatively interesting, if a bit strange ;-)
    The taste of this malt reminds me of a German whisky thanks to the dominant wet grain note. I don't want to bad-mouth this bottling, but it didn't suit my taste ...

    22/21/21/22 (86 P)

    Thanks for the experience, but the malt really wasn't as bad as you might think!
    • Nose
      Light amber shines in the glass, an indefinable fruit note arises from the Premium Snifter. Furniture polish? Fermented fruits? Sweet and oddly strange, but not bad in terms of basic character ... Cereal notes? Malt? Somehow it smells of cereal grains swollen in water ... A slight glue note is released, a hint of vanilla, hardly any fruit flavors ... Nasal I would almost guess a German whisky.
    • Taste
      The first sip flows mildly with a harsh grain note on the tongue. Tart fruit and wood aromas stick to the palate, the second sip appears pale and reserved. To be honest, I can't get anything from this malt, it lacks expression and character. Zest and orange and lemon peel, again cereals swollen in water come to my mind. There is minimal sharpness, with slightly tart wood tones it is then already in the aftertaste.
    • Finish
      Slightly tart, malty, minimally dark fruit and light citrus zest. Of course, the grain notes so often mentioned come into play again ...

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  3. peterhorror scored this whisky 68 points Expert Senior

    To much wood and sulphur.

  4. Will_iam scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  5. DramGoodLife scored this whisky 55 points Expert Senior

    Most prefer to say "interesting" or "unique" to explain a whisky they generally don't enjoy.
    All I will say, if there were more whiskies like this I might start drinking something else.
    • Nose
      Very bizarre nose, it hits you with a lot of everything. You get some honey notes, also a touch of the oak, there is some grassiness and floral elements as well. Now onto the weird stuff... there's a slight vegetal aroma, even something resembling paint? Some wood chips and maybe even a little gas
      Truly bizarre.....
    • Taste
      On arrival its a tad musky, even something sweaty about it. It has some sharpness, plenty of spice, something tastes off about it, think of smelly old socks. Cardboard and again with the vegetal notes. The longer you hold on the palate the more bitterness that starts to come through.
      Generally just sour and bordering on foul.
    • Finish
      Finish is woody, even a little hint of ash and soft smoke. There's some heat as well. On the long side with bitterness from the oak.

  6. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Decent dram but falls a bit short in terms of flavor to its direct in-house competitor LL 18 in my opinion. So if you have to choose you might want to revert to the latter. Or even better, try both and then make an informed decision. ;-)

  7. Koning scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Loch Lomond has a distinctive distillery character which I slowly become familiar with. It isn't an 'easy' distillate, but they can be very entertaining. This Inchmurrin is a good example, it's a solid dram!
    • Nose
      85 85
      Interesting nose with both a fruity component (pineapple, citrus fruits) and a dusty/earthy component. Some pepper and a grainy note (I know, it is a malt whisky).
    • Taste
      86 86
      Rather full bodied. Papaja, apple treacle, rose water and a hint of vanilla. Then more earthy and oaky, with a subtle but distinctive note of wood smoke.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Spicier finish with ginger and pepper. It's also eathy, with mushrooms popping up. Some apple, coffee and articifical sweetener round it off.

  8. Mortar1703 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  9. vlad78 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Nice and full of fruit whisky. Soft and balanced.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Fresh juicy apples (rather sweet and sour varieties), pears and apricots, a little sour yeast or grass cuttings, sweet dried fruits and vanilla, as well as powdered sugar.
    • Taste
      84 84
      sweet and sour. Sweetness comes a little later behind the fruit palette, in it there are recognizable notes of dried apricots and raisins, vanilla cake with powdered sugar, but the taste recedes rather quickly.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Sweet and sour, short, but quite pleasant, delicate.

  10. HammerHead scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Side by side with the 12 yo. Both pretty good on the nose, but this holds up way better in development and finish. The 12 has just too much woodsappy bitterness at the tail end.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Unripe apple, pear, peach, mild citrus, some vanilla, slightly floral and vegetal and a faint note of short circuited electric cables, ending on a gingery spiciness.
    • Taste
      86 86
      A full and oily body, buttery, some toffee, apples, pears, peach, slightly more bitter citrus, vanilla, some mild pepper, ginger and more dusty wood spices at the back.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium length: bitter citrus (pomelo), peach, vanilla, a drying note of bitterish oak, but nothing too much.

  11. Fat Bastard! scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  12. JNuyts scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

  13. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2021/05/28/whisky-galore-part-1-2/

    At just £50 for an official 18yo [€80 in 2013 – WF], here’s another Inchmurrin I’ve previously tried albeit briefly at Whiskylive 2017 [WLP84].

    N: I’m finding this less agreeable than I did 3-4 years ago, an oddball malt that smells of a waxy sherried,… soup? – no, gravy! It contains all the things you might want from a three-course meal, but all served up at the same time, and on the same plate. Like anchovies and ice cream, for example, there’s something of a culinary collision.

    T: An oddball for sure, not in a bad way, just in an odd way. Perplexing to say the least, I’ve no idea where it fits in my/the whisky hinterland, but it definitely occupies its own space.

    F: Where the sherried malty mix meets waxy cocoa-dry ashy phenols, are we so far from some wacky Benriach’s? [WLP]

    C: Like a [French] ‘film noir’ you’re not quite sure about but find thought-provoking, disturbing, and unforgettable in equal measure, this is reminiscent of Loch Lomond’s output pre-2016. when the distillery and its whisky found itself in a less favourable position in comparison to where it is now.

  14. MLE scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  15. Ficelli scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  16. dapoinbua scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    not a long while ago i had the loch lomond 18y standard bottling vs a 21y cadenhead loch lomond and liked both of them. surprisingly the 18y standard bottling was far better than the cadenhead expression. therefore i had high expectations for this coming from the same distillery.

    ...and i was not disappointed:) sometimes you take a nose of a whisky and you know it is something completely different. no typical vanilla and fruit custard, or peaty stuff with sherry. no. this is something different.

    this thing is unbelievable. if you are into this sulphury craigellachie thing, this is a must have. very high level of complexity. edgy tar notes combines with fruity sweetness and spices. this is a top notch dram. considering the price the bang for buck is also great. after this sample i think i should get a bottle.
    • Nose
      90 90
      grainy and heavy, very intense. the loch lomond character is there. anisseed, licorice, acetic acid, solvent sweetness with dried black tea. tar notes with stinging. odd but very interesting. distinct character. some honey maybe? sulphur.
    • Taste
      93 93
      wow, this is very fruity and sweet compared to the nose. round sweetness edged with some weird tar notes. love it. loaded with waxy notes and spices. this is amazing. i think it is even better than the loch lomond 18y.
    • Finish
      92 92
      very edgy finish, middle long. figs and oak with some metallic ending, but not this young metallic thing you sometimes get from underaged malts.

  17. PuddingmitHaut did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Basically LL18 in the nose. In the mouth with a little more vanilla, sweeter and not so funny. still not great ...

  18. TsiAI scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Inchmurrin 18-year-old
    Distillery: Loch Lomond
    Bottling serie: Island Collection
    Casktype: Bourbon, Refill & Re-charred Casks
    Strength: 46.0% Vol
    Room temperature when tasting: 25℃

    Eyes: Deep gold and smell. Nose: Cream cake, vanilla, orange, active jackfruit, mango peel, a little ginger, oak and floral fragrance, bibab bubble gum, slightly alcoholic, harmonious smell, and a little new make
    Taste Palate: sweet and sour fruits, kumquats, orange petals, oranges, vanilla cake, red grapefruit, a little kiwi, bitter bottom is more obvious, oak fragrant ending. Finish: long, scented tea, fresh cream, lime horn, Bitter base, wood body: medium, thick, medium oily

    Nose: 85.5/100
    Palate: 85.5/100
    Finish: 85/100
    Body: 86/100
    Overall: 85.5/100
    Overall: A very good wine. Except for the bitter base, which is a bit heavy, the rest of the wine is good, and the wine is relatively solid. The impression of Roman Hu is much better.

  19. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    I personally don’t get the low average scores that many Loch Lomond bottlings receive. And this is no exception. That being said; please keep scoring this distillery low or average, so that I can enjoy their very well matured whiskies with unique and own character, for even more reasonable and affordable prices.
    • Nose
      This is a very pleasant nose. Sweet and sour. Very wel balanced. Immediately the unique and extraordinary fruity character of Inchmurrin reveals. Loads of fresh citrusfruits like lychees and orangepeel. Also fresh tropical fruit like mango. Karamel, oakwood and ginger complete the nose. AirTime makes it even better. If I had to say one thing I’d say that the alcohol integration could have been a bit better. It is still quite prominent.
    • Taste
      Very, very gentle arrival. Due to great balance this is a real treat for the palate. Silky, sweet and sour. Forest fruit, tropical fruit, mango tea.
    • Finish
      Long. Forest fruits, tropical fruits, dried oak and sawdust. There is a pleasant musty/dusty layer that continues to accompany the finish. Something I like very much. Old style whisky.

      I have to say, when I had to choose between Inchmurrin 12 and 18, first I would have picked the 12yo since it is such a complete, complex dram for a very affordable price. Now I’ve tasted this 18yo with comfort, I have to admit I don’t want to choose anymore and would just buy both. Since I have the 12yo already, there is only one thing left to do: order this one :)

  20. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    I personally don’t get the low average scores that many Loch Lomond bottlings receive. And this is no exception. That being said; please keep scoring this distillery low or average, so that I can enjoy well their matured whiskies with unique and own character, for even more reasonable and affordable prices.
    • Nose
      This is a very pleasant nose. Sweet and sour. Very wel balanced. Immediately the unique and extraordinary fruity character of Inchmurrin reveals. Loads of fresh citrusfruits like lychees and orangepeel. Also fresh tropical fruit like mango. Karamel, oakwood and ginger complete the nose. AirTime makes it even better. One point of
    • Taste
      Very, very gentle arrival. Due to great balance this is a real treat for the palate. Silky, sweet and sour. Forest fruit, tropical fruit, mango tea.
    • Finish
      Long and intense. Forest fruits, tropical fruits dried oak and sawdust. There is a pleasant musty/dusty layer that continues to accompany the finish. Something I like very much. Old style whisky.

      I have to say, when I had to choose between Inchmurrin 12 and 18, first I would have picked the 12yo since it is such a complete, complex dram for a very affordable price. Now I’ve tasted this 18yo with comfort, I have to admit I don’t want to choose anymore and would just buy both. Since I have the 12yo already, there is only one thing left to do: order this one :)

  21. claymore84 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on 05-22-2020 at a blind tasting with Whisky Jason.
    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  22. Defeatless scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A good whisky made by Loch Lomond. Not a whisky which will suit everyone. If you like their style (and I do) this is a good one to drink as a daily dram.
    • Nose
      88 88
      A very full flavoured nose. Quite some unique notes. This is Loch Lomond as it should be. Raw, earthy and not for beginners.
      Behind all this there are apples and pears. Some more exotic canned fruits can be found too. And a little touch of citrus. But after a while some more bourbon notes as caramel and vanilla come in.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Full bodied. Sweet and sour arrival. Hint of sugar, some spices, quite some fruitiness again. Orchard fruits. Ripe melon. Again with some time and air it gives more bourbon matured notes.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium-long length. A tad bitter though.
      Loads of bourbon vanilla and ice cream. A little fruitiness is in the background.

  23. KonstUA scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Nose 21, taste 21, finish 20, balance 21

  24. ThinLizzy scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    Very intrusive notes of solvent in the nose (it evaporates a little, but lasts far too long for my taste), which can also be felt in the mouth.
    • Nose
      76 76
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80

  25. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    20 21 20 21 82

  26. thijs100 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    An interesting malt that sure does have a certain uniqueness to it.
    • Nose
      A light maltiness with subtle orchard fruits. Think pear skins and ripe red apples, but also some white grapes. A touch of oak shavings, together with a whiff of cardboard and Demerara sugar, as well as some floral notes.
    • Taste
      Some butterscotch and honeyed apricots, but also notes of menthol and cloves, followed by grassy notes and a slight oakiness.
    • Finish
      Lingering spices and a whiff of menthol again. Medium in length.

  27. branneman scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
      Sweet, some freshly mown grass
    • Taste
      83 83
      Very fruity, exotic fruits (banana?), citrus
    • Finish
      85 85
      Long and warm with caramel and ginger

  28. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Compared to the 12er (WID: 107536) much oakier. The tropical fruits of the 12er are more discreet. Some floral notes. Cereal and oak notes (not unpleasant, but really nice).
    Somehow, that offers too little for me. Apart from the grain and oak notes, there will not be that much anymore. Since I liked the 12er better.

  29. stefsel111 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      77 77
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      81 81

  30. The Macallan scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    A lovely dram!
    • Nose
      Rich, floral, passionfruit
    • Taste
      Sweetish, floral (geraniums), very tasty
    • Finish
      Mild with a lovely spicy note in the back

  31. GJR scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

  32. Hvdree scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  33. JacobaEd scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

  34. schengel10 scored this whisky 72 points Connoisseur

    A decent Malt - but for 18 years you can expect more!
    [Color] amber;
    • Nose
      subtle sweetish, fruity aromas, hardly any expression;
    • Taste
      soft sweetish onlook, light (exotic) fruits, smoke (???), bitter oak;
    • Finish
      medium length finish, sweetish finish;

  35. Archer scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    Disappointing for a 18yo.
    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      80 80

  36. Totoro scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    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.

  37. 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.

  38. 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.

  39. Sandman scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • 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.

  40. Cubey666 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    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

  41. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 82 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+

  42. Rien scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  43. 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.

  44. 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

  45. martinni scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

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