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Overall rating
78.77/100
votes
86
Category
Single Grain
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2016
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml
Bottle code
L2 21/12/2016
Barcode
5016840050216
Added on
28 Oct 2016 4:13 pm by RoyC
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 25,25

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Whisky Reviews for Loch Lomond Single Grain

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 78.77 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 83 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.

    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.
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      82 82

  2. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    You notice the slightly different approach, not a typical Grain. Very tasty and worth a dram. PLV is top.
    • Nose
      Sweet, caramel, fruity, slightly malty, bread, unlike single malt but also no typical Grainaroma.
    • Taste
      Strong, slightly hot, fruity, sweet, slightly mineral.
    • Finish
      The finish is slightly grainy, slightly bitter, but still with beautiful malt notes and some fruit. Towards the end then a bit strange grainy.

  3. Romansen scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      79 79

  4. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

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

    This is a 4yo single malt that can’t be called single malt because it's produced in a Coffey still. Standard grain whisky produced in column stills comes off the still at around 94.5%. This spirit runs off the still at 84%. Ibon says that the only other distillery making single malt from a column still is Nikka. Is Lomond the mini Nikka then? Penderyn also have hybrid stills as do Yorkshire.

    N: Much like the SMWS’s Glendronach 9yo WB I’m presently enjoying, this is also fatty, fruity and mineral-y, with caramel, grass and tempered bourbon cask resins to boot.
    T: Caramel, fruits, chocolate, pink grapefruit and a ginger spiciness.
    F: More caramel and cocoa/chocolate - chocolate digestives basically.
    C: Integration-wise, similar to Glen Scotia’s ‘Double cask’ I got to retry only days ago [blog]. This is a clever recipe culminating in a beautifully balanced fruity 4yo. Quite a result given the constituents.Scores a C[-]

  5. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Sweet part, well done, something else, you can take for € 22 durachaus.
    • Nose
      sweet, cotton candy, vanilla, chewing gum balls, shortbread cookies, a touch of glue
    • Taste
      Cotton candy and Kugelkaugummi I have here again clearly, to Toffee, later a quite pleasant bitterness (dark chocolate and with some imagination you can imagine Grapefruit / Bitter Lemon, dry wood) and added a bit of pepper
    • Finish
      medium long, dark chocolate, white pepper, a hint of lime

  6. jankes scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      77 77

  7. Cubey666 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Tasted at WTF2017 - August 2017

    Older Loch Lomond whisky wasn't really one of my favourites, but I heard good stories about it lately, including the hype around the "law and order Whiskynerds bottlings" So i gave this one, together with the standard Inchmurrin 12, the Madeira finish and the peated Inchmoan a try. I must say, am impressed, quality drams.

    For this one: tasty sweet single (barley) grain. soft sweet body with banana, vanilla and creamy goodness
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      82 82

  8. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2017/05/22/the-loch-lomond-group/

    The grain used here is malted barley but because it's distilled in those hybrid coffee stills, they cant legally [SWA] call this anything but single grain - even though the grain is malted barley. Clear?

    N: Smells good for a very young grain spirit as it turns out. Noses like a vanilla-led bourbon which is apt.
    T: Accessible salted barley with a soft, citrus acidity.
    F: Greenish vanilla finish.
    C: Amazingly it's only 3-4 years old but performing just fine. Using new & first-fill casks to speed up the process, is this the Kavalan of single grain? I much prefer it to the MM 1996 WB version for sure. [£20 May ’17]Scores a D[+]

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