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Inchmurrin 12 Year Old

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Inchmurrin 12 Year Old

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  • Brand: Loch Lomond
  • Bottler: Distillery Bottling
  • ABV: 46.0%
  • Age: 12 year old

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Inchmurrin 12 Year Old

Thanks to a whole range of strangly built stills Loch Lomond can produce a plethora of different whisky styles, like Loch Lomond, Inchmurrin, Inchmoan, Croftengea, Craiglodge and so forth. They completely revamped the range in 2015. This Inchmurrin matured on three types of casks: bourbon, refill and re-charred wood. It was bottled in 2016. And what do you know? My very first Inchmoan!

The nose is dry on white fruit, icing sugar and heathery flowers. Somewhat dusty. Varnish and dried orange peel. Fudge, but also some yoghurt, which is less to my liking. Vanilla becomes quite grand, slowly but surely. Leans towards Fanta, actually. Just a tad creamy, which is advantageous.

It is immediately quite bitter on the palate. Wood notes with ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon and leather. The fruit evolves towards candy like parma violets and pineapple cubes. But it still carries some cardboard as well, which is… not advantageous.

The finish is short to medium long, candy-like sweet, but with a nice spiciness. Lime get the final say, alongside cocoa.

Loads better than the first Inchmurrin 12 that I tried (from the turn of the century), but it still has a very long way to do.


Loch Lomond is actually a big whisky factory specialized in the making of bulk whisky, mostly for export. Because they use different types of stills – pot still, coffey still and a hybrid of the two called Lomond still – they can produce different kinds of malts. Inchmurrin is one of them. I tried the old 12 Year Old.

The nose is rather flat on caramel and grain cookies, sweet malt and ginger. Vanille and some mint. Loads of nuts after a few moments. Some chocolate. But it also has some wet cardboard, which is somewhat off putting. The nose is not bad, but still far from good.

On the palate, it goes downhill pretty fast. Loads of oak, making it somewhat dry. The nuts return – sugared almonds? The wet cardboard is there as well. Worse than on the nose, in fact.

The finish is soft, but quite woody.

Inchmurrin, yeah, well. It does not have a good reputation and this entry level malt does little to correct that. Much better than the Loch Lomond single malt, but that is not saying much. Around 30 EUR. Stay away from this.

Every once in a while you see a particular bottle—single casks, probably—that gets rave reviews, but mostly the reviews are along these lines. I'd love to try one but I'll never buy one untasted.

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