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Whiskymag 137 July _Aug 2016

Loch Lomond Single Malt  Scotch Whisky

Highland Malt and Grain Distillery

Loch Lomond Distillery, Alexandria, Dumbertonshire,

G83 0TL

 

Tel: +44 (0)1389 752781

 

No Visitor Facilities

Loch Lomond Scotch Whisky

Distillery Style Tasting Notes

 

Nose: Light, floral, malty, trace of honey and peat.

 

Palate: Light, dry and salty.

 

Finish: Short and briny.

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Founded in 1965 by the Littlemill Distillery Co

Location Highlands region, Western district

Water source Bore Holes on site

 

Loch Lomond Scotch Whisky Distilling Equipment

Lauter mash tun

18 Stainless steel washbacks

Loch Lomond has three sets of malt stills including 4 Lomand stills

1 continuous  grain still.

On site cooperage

Matured in American bourbon with some wine casks

Loch Lomond Scotch Whisky Distillery History

An earlier distillery called Loch Lomond existed between 1814-1817 situated at the other end of the loch

 

The present distillery was converted from a dyeing factory in 1965/6 by the Littlemill Distillery Co Ltd The distillery is located very close to Loch Lomond. It actually sits on the political Highland/Lowland line; however, its water source is collected from above the Highland line the distillery is considered as being in the Highland region.

 

In 1971 the distillery was taken over by Barton Brands (USA)

 

It was closed in 1984, but reopened again in 1987 by Glen Catrine Bonded Warehouses and has been in production since.

 

Lomond Stills

The distillery can produce 8 different single malts by employing four unusual stills with rectifying heads (known as Lomond Stills) and two conventional pot stills with traditional ‘swan necks’.

One of the factors that have a great influence on the character of the spirit produced is the physical length and shape of the still neck.

The longer the neck - the lighter (or cleaner) the spirit,

The shorter the neck - the more full-bodied (or fatter) the spirit.

The difference between the Lomond still and a traditional pot still is that a rectifying head replaces the lyne arm. Here a system of horizontal and parallel plates, just like in the Coffey still collects the spirit vapours. But, contrary to the Coffey still, the distillation is not continuous.

By using the rectifying heads in a number of different ways, the stills replicate the effect of different lengths of ‘neck’ without physically altering the shape of the still. However, this particular design of still does not produce the full range of spirit required, which is why the distillery also has two traditionally designed stills as well. The distillery has a continuous still for the production of grain whisky

This distillation set up the distillery can produce a full range of malts (from Islay to Speyside to Highland  ‘types’). This makes the company less reliant on the availability of malt whisky from other Scotch distilleries, and better control over costs

 

The distillery produces the single malts: Loch Lomond, Inchmurrin and Old Roshdhu. Some other less known whiskies produced by the distillery are: Loch Lomond HP, Craiglodge, Croftengea, Glen Douglas and Inchmoan.

 

The distillery acquired a Coffey still in 1993 in order to produce grain whisky for its own blends.

 

A blend called Loch Lomond is available. Other blends from this distillery are Loch Lomond Single Blend, High Commissioner Blended Whisky and Scots Earl Blended Whisky.

 

The distillery also has its own cooperage.

 

Loch Lomond Scotch Whisky Distillery Bottlings

Loch Lomond (no age declaration)

Loch Lomond Copper PotStill 1966

Loch Lomond Peated Malt

Loch Lomond “Gavin's”

Loch Lomond 18 year old

Loch Lomond 21 year old

Loch Lomond Single GRAIN

Loch Lomond Single Blend

 

Distillery Select Scotch Single Malt Whisky

Single Cask Bottlings

Craiglodge,

Craiglodge Peated Cask

Croftengea, - American Oak – Heavily Peated.

Glen Douglas

Inchfad – Heavily Peated

Inchmoan.

Inchmurrin - 10 Year Old – 12 Year Old, - Organic -

Old Rhosdhu 5 Year Old

 

 

Loch Lomond Scotch Whisky Independent Bottlings

Cadenhead’s,

Gordon & MacPhail,

Mission (Murray McDavid)

NC2 (Duncan Taylor)

Provenance (Douglas Laing)

SMWS,

Signatory,

 

Loch Lomond Single Malt Whisky no age statement 40%

a mellow, slightly peaty nose, with a hint of brandy butter.

 

The taste on the palette is sweet, smokey, with hints of finest Madeira wine and has a long, mellow finish, with echoes of a raisiny Christmas pudding.

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