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Part of my work is trying whiskies for import into the country. The cool thing about this is discovering whiskies that you've never heard of or tried before.
Normally I don't focus much on a distilleries history or styles in my reviews. I know so many bloggers that do, that I hate to say it, but I find it honestly redundant.
But every so often, I encounter something that makes me go "What the hell!?"
Tonight was that night.
I was playing around with The Boutique-y Whisky Company's Inchmurrin Batch 1.
I'd went hunting for information on Inchmurrin and discovered that it wasn't an actual distillery. It's distilled at Loch Lomond, one of Scotland's most versatile distilleries.
This distillery has One Coffey still for grain whiskies and two traditional pot stills, making it the only distillery in Scotland to produce both grain and single malt whisky, but on top of this, Loch Lomond also has four Lomond stills (hence the name) which is a still made up of a pot still, but combined with rectifying column, instead of the traditional swan necks. This allows the distillery to produce some very different whiskies, actually a grand total of eight different single malts: Loch Lomond, Inchmurrin, Glen Douglas, Old Rhosdhu, Craiglodge, Inchmoan, Croftengea and Inchfad.
What's that you say? You've never heard of any of those whiskies? Neither had I!
They almost all go into the company's blends, which means that single malt bottlings from this distillery are rare.
Wow I feel like I've geeked out just a little bit!
So trying a whisky from this distillery for the first time was a bit of a special moment in my whisky life.
I cracked open the whisky, which is a dark copper color (remember no E150!) and poured it into my lovely crystal glencairn.
The nose is fruity and spicy with cinnamon, nutmeg, stewed apples, vanilla, charred oak, honey, cereal, and oranges
Really enjoying the complexity on the nose, however time for a sip!
Very spicey! Cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, little coriander, ginger, candied oranges, vanilla, honey, very dry, this whisky begs for another sip.
A soft and lingering finish with cloves, ginger, and honey end this whisky.
This is a very easy drinking whisky with lovely complexity. I Really enjoyed this whisky which really surprised me. I'd LOVE to have a couple of bottles of this whisky in my cabinet. It really goes to show how good the whiskies that go into blends can be.
A bottle of this whisky would run around $70 or so AUS before shipping, customs, and all of those other lovely taxes involved for importation into Australia. After taxes, retail markup and all that unpleasant stuff I'd expect to pay around $150 AUS (god I hate Australian duty!
None of this whisky will be coming into the country for the second shipment of Boutique-y Whisky, however if they have any left when I go to make a order for the third round, I do believe we'll see a small amount come over, however you will see some of this in my collection because it is yummy and delicious! If you don't believe me I'd suggest you go purchase a dram at Master of Malt.