Inchmoan 1992

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Island Collection
Stated Age
25 years old
Refill Bourbon Barrels
48.6 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
11 Jun 2017 6:06 pm by Robinzon25

Average value

€ 227.49

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Whisky Reviews for Inchmoan 1992

11 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.58 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    [November, 2017]  When I did the pre-release tasting at Loch Lomond (see picture of sample bottle) they asked me:  "Can you think of a comparable peaty 25-years old on the market, today?".  I smiled and answered "Caol Ila" as the 25-years old Caol Ila was and still is one of my favourite "best-bang-for-your-bucks" whiskies since years.  So when I saw a special offer to buy this Inchmoan for 188 Euro I instantly grabbed a bottle to do this head-to-head challenge, finally.  So it is this fine Inchmoan (LL) from 1992 versus the most recent 2017 release of the 25-years old Caol Ila (WB id103198) (CI, so most of the casks were distilled in 1992, too).  You think this is an unfair competition?  No, I know it is not!!!

    To be honest:  It is hard to choose a winner out of the two as both are great drams.  In doubt I go for the underdog Inchmoan that somehow combines the best of the modern Caol Ila and the old Port Ellen profiles.  I wonder if this was a one-off from Loch Lomond Group or if they have more of such delicious stuff in their warehouses.  If so, release it within a reasonable period to establish a new high quality reputation of these (unfortunately) rather low profile drams.  I would love to taste more of these...
    • Nose
      92 92
      The colour of the LL is yellow gold while the CI is old gold (but remember: Diageo usually adds caramel to adjust the colour). The texture of the LL shows fat sticky tears that very late build very low legs. The CI shows slow legs and late fat sticky tears.
      Please let both drams breathe for some time. The LL's nose is surprisingly smokey of cold bonfires and tobacco ashes, really flabbergasting for a lowland whisky. It adds powerful malty flavours to this (as if you sniff freshly malted barley from Port Ellen Maltings, great!). Quite complex and interesting to expore, especially the powerful peat-barley combo. The CI offers a complex herbal-peaty profile with tons of cold fireplace ashes and some spicy wooden notes. Actually, I go for a draw on that dimension.
    • Taste
      91 91
      The LL offers a complex and truly multi-layered taste of sweet (honey, barley sugary, liquorice), peaty and fruity (green apples, pears and the like) flavours together with unusual earthy, mineral and farmyard notes. One to explore for hours and still you find new flavours. I like it even better than the first time (okay, I have more than one dram to explore it in detail, now - what makes a huge difference). The CI is more sweet than the LL but a little less complex. I know it sounds "engineered" but this is another draw, again. I swear to be honest, may all the whisky gods be my witness! Water is not needed on both drams - they are perfect just as they are! But if you have more than just a little sample at your hands try them reduced, too, as I can imagine that some connoisseurs might prefer this.
    • Finish
      91 91
      The LL arrives on the palate just as the texture promised: instantly it coats the mouth and sticks at it without any distracting moment (neither hot nor astringent nor drying). The CI covers the mouth too, immediately and shows no distracting moment either. I go for another draw (isn't this surprising?). The finish of the LL is very long on mainly (delicious) peaty flavours in a nice sweet and spicy containment, all very balanced. Not a single flaw or distracting feeling here, bottled exactly at the right time! The CI shows a little astringent feeling (too much ashes) so I can declare a winner, finally, and it is the Inchmoan (but just by a nuance).

  2. hs305 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    [May, 2017]  I had this dram after a very interesting private tour of Loch Lomond distillery that clarified almost all my questions, thanks for that Ibon and Don!

    Inchmoan is a heavily peated malt of around 50 ppm distilled in the Inchmurrin stills with a minor share of the traditional pot distilled Loch Lomond added for more oiliness and stronger flavours.  So far only quite young (10 years and less) Inchmoan have been released and the ratings of these releases are rather below average (none scores above 80 on the WB average).  But this one is intended to change this and the people of LLG are very proud of this release.  And I am very curious now...

    The colour is pale gold and the texture shows a lot of sticky fat tears with some of them developing slow legs over time.  The nose is surprisingly fresh and complex on a peaty-floral-toffee profile, I like that!  The longer I sniff the more aromas pop up - it reminds me a little bit of 20+years old Port Ellen releases from the beginning of this millennium.  It arrives very smooth and warming on the palate with no distracting (bitter or astringent) moments and it coats at least the half of the mouth.  Again a very nice start to the taste.  That is a well balanced mix of mainland peaty, barley sugary and summer floral flavours without any flaws or off-notes.  The finish is long and repeats this delicious profile, no bitter or drying notes that I can find.  Water is not needed (it opens some more aromas but takes away the power), I like it best when neat.

    So the good people at Loch Lomond Group (LLG) can really be proud of this release and every connoisseur that likes the profile of a roughly 20-years old (bourbon matured) Port Ellen should give this release at least a try - maybe you like it too...
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  3. malt_fan_06 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A beautiful malt, well matured, fine, elegant, complex and harmonious. Totally old school in its kind, the complete opposite of the currently popular plausible blockbuster malts.
    Reminiscent aromatic to Banff.

    Not the first hole Lomond, which I really like.
    A rather disreputable detective that has been making much better malts lately than commonly thought.

    Needs time in the glass and a little hand warmth, only gradually shows his whole class.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Warm sweet yellow fruitiness (reminiscent of a luscious sweet wine, apricot and quince marmalade) and fine smoke in combi. Fine bright flowery tones. And yes, clearly farm notes: hay, a cornfield, alpine meadow. Round and charming.
      Shimmers between light and yellow fruits and gets better with a little bit of air. A little toffee.
      Beautiful, playful, complex nose that is constantly changing!
    • Taste
      90 90
      Fruity (the yellow, ripe Fruchtaromatik continues) fine smoke, hay, fudge and again the alpine flower meadow. Silky, round-creamy, elegant and onset, then becomes fuller, more intense and spicy. Hay. Concentrated and harmonious-round.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Fine-smoked, spicy, waxy, fine grain notes, a few apricots, round and balanced. Fudge and again farm with some hay. A touch of horseradish. Very good length.
      Ends on a very fine, light bitterness.

  4. aphex scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Excellent nose, complex and evolving. Tasty palate with a delicious earthy, mineral and sweet peat.
    Not the expected exoticness but very good whisky.
    • Nose
      Peat smoke, a few ashes, barley notes, honey, herbal tea, whiffs of green, yellow and exotic fruits (apples, peaches, bananas, ...) The smoke is back with bonfire on wet wood. After a while hints of seabreeze and earthy notes. Pencil shavings afterward.
    • Taste
      First sip is earthy, on wet soil and wet wood with a pinch of salt and mentholated notes. The next ones add fruits (apples, pears, a few citrus), pepper and honey.
    • Finish
      Long, earthy peat, spices, honey and fruity sweetness.

  5. MrYens scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

  6. lincolnimp scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    No rough edges, nice sweet peat.
    • Nose
      88 88
      The peat is strong, on the ashy side, mixed with the light bourbon flavours that have manifested themselves as a mix of banana, mango and bitter apple.
      I swear I detect some rhubarb?
    • Taste
      89 89
      More peat on the palate than the nose suggested and it has a sweet, fruity side, with no bitter apple now.
      The fruit mixes nicely with the peat, mainly on white fruits with a nice sherbet fizz
    • Finish
      88 88
      Some slight fresh pineapple creeps in and it remains sweet and peaty until the end.

  7. lincolnimp scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

  8. detachedblue scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    A decent aged one.
    • Nose
      Soft and shy, no trace of peat, cream and vanilla, modern style, more conventional, no funky stuff
    • Taste
      Little soft peat, petrol, a pungent attack of flavours, peaches, very nice.
    • Finish
      Medium-long, spicy

  9. Alex Fridays scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Delicately peated smoke, sweet fruits, marzipan, baking spices, cream brûlée, toffee and old leather notes on nose.

    Creosote, spices, pepper, vanilla, oak cask notes on palate.

    Long finish with spices, oak cask and vanilla notes.

  10. Cubey666 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Tasted this surprisingly  wonderful dram at the 2nd Whiskybase Gathering in Rotterdam, November 2017.

    on the nose a surprisingly lovely combination of flavours, lovely layered together. I got several types of orchard fruits, combined with a bonfiresmoke and smoldering wet wood.

    on the taste is is a full lovely combination with several notes as sweet pear (the famous Perenijsjes), honey, some green apples, layered together with lovely earthy peatsmoke.

    the finish is long and pleasing, with more notes of juicy pears and subtle smoke and wood tones.

    i was highly impressed by this dram at the festival, and bought myself a bottle of this one.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90


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