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Loch Lomond Original

Methylated spirits and pine

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tReview by @thewhiskydoctor

22nd Nov 2014


Loch Lomond Original
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From a 3cl sample bottle. Loch Lomond is one of the most unusual distilleries in Scotland, producing both grain and malt whisky, and has sets of standard pot stills and Lomond stills (although apparently they technically aren't, they are pot sills with rectifying columns). They produce a variety of single malts with varying peat levels and cut points, and this is their standard NAS unpeated malt produced in the 'regular' pot stills.

Nose - Very light, pine, sap, slightly floral geranium, then something slightly weird and industrial-solventy, Airfix glue, acetone, methylated spirits, turpentine, rubber, possibly bubblegum, later on with hints of vanilla, butterscotch and caramel.

Palate - Light again with a sweet arrival of pine, sweet vanilla essence, icing sugar developing into a hit of sour oiliness and rubber, still industrial, some mint sweets, Fox’s Glacier mints, some white pepper towards the end.

Finish - Short with a return of the pine, digestive biscuits and a hint of pepper and green oak bitterness.

The saying goes that there are no bad whiskies, just some that are not as good as others, except Loch Lomond. Ok, so that's not how the saying goes, and is also a little unfair. This is definitely young and rough, but then it sort of alternates between some quite nice pine and floral notes and that weird industrial solvent flavour, which is not altogether pleasant. The finish is barely there, but is actually relatively normal. I'm almost tempted to buy a bottle, just because it's so different!

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Ol_Jas commented

Wow—except for when Ralfy* did a video on this a while back, I think this is the first review I've ever seen of nasty old Loch Lomond. I think 63 is just about right in my book too.

I had no idea what it was but I came across a bottle in at petrol station/convenience store in northern Scotland during my one trip there a few years ago. Being on a mission to bring home interesting bottles that we don't get in the US, I snatched it up almost without hesitating for the low low price £19 as I recall. I admit that the cool-looking bottle & label sold me.

I got it home, opened it, hated it. Gross. Is "industrial floral" a thing? Loch Lomond was the reason I started making my own home blends—because I was trying to blend away this nasty beast.

Nice review.

As I recall, Ralfy has quite some appreciation for it. Not that he says it's good or that he likes it, but I recall him describing it as a real throw-back, working man's kinda whisky. I should dig up that video again. It's been a few years since I watched it.

9 years ago 0

Pandemonium commented

Wait Loch Lomond's Lomond Stills, are technically not Lomond Stills? How do they differ from the Inverleven, Mostowie, Scapa, Glencraig,... stills?

9 years ago 0

thewhiskydoctor commented

Well, that confused me a little bit as well, as different sources say different things, but Dave Broom's World Whisky Atlas says they are wrongly described as Lomond stills, but actually are pot stills with a rectifying column in the neck, which is the same description it gives in the malt whisky yearbook, where there is no mention of Lomond stills. Personally I thought that's what a Lomond still was, but I will stand to be corrected by anyone who can actually tell me the difference!

9 years ago 0

Ol_Jas commented

In my comment above, the weird bold "As I recall..." bit at the end was supposed to appear with an asterisk to link with the asterisk on my mention of the Ralfy video. Apparently leading asterisks produce bold formatting her on Connosr? Huh.

I just thought the otherwise unexplained "Ralfy*" was worth explaining, as was the bold.

Also, I want to try it out:

*Here's text that directly follows an asterisk. Is it bold?

Here's text that's separated from the asterisk by a space. Is it bold?

And now playtime's over.

9 years ago 0

Nozinan commented

so one can create bold on Connosr?

Fascinating. Maybe this bottle had unexpected value...

9 years ago 0

Ol_Jas commented

Yes—nasty old Loch Lomond: the bottle that gave us bold!

But it's not really "bold bold," is it? More like full black instead of dark gray. But it does somewhat serve the purpose of emphasizing text.

9 years ago 0