This is a single grain whisky that was distilled in the small pair of Coffey stills at Loch Lomond distillery that are located in the same stillhouse as the pot stills (they own big Coffey stills in a detached building too, where the grain for blending purposes is produced). But contrary to the other grain whiskies they use 100 per cent malted barley from the same washs that feed the malt stills for this single grain too. Actually it is a malt by its ingredients that is just continuously distilled - so by Scottish law it has to be called a grain whisky. The cut-off point at distillation is at 84% significantly lower as with the other grain whiskies that usually go for around 95% - so more flavours and aromas are preserved. It has aged for around 4-5 years in first fill bourbon casks (around 20 per cent of each batch) and the remaining 80 per cent come from refill bourbon casks.
The nose is very light and fruity. It reminds me rather of the smell of prosecco or other sparkling wines than of a whisky. Really interesting. The mouthfeel is smooth and soft with no hot moments at all. On the palate a sweet and fruity profile develops, again a little prosecco-alike (even somewhat tingling). Not too bad... The finish is rather short but enjoyable on some additional chocolate aromas (both milk and dark chocolate).
This is a real surprise, never had such a malted grain style whisky before and to be honest - I like it. Of course, one should not compare this to traditional malts but it is a fresh new taste in the whisky scene for sure... And the price is quite attractive.